My mother would keep a can or two of brown bread in the pantry. I can still see the label on that can in my memory bank. She would cut both ends of the can, let the bread slide out, slice and serve with butter. The bread in the can was made with all-purpose flour, was a bit dry and slightly sweet. I liked that bread as a child because it was fun to see a loaf of bread sliding out of a large can.
|Boston Brown Bread, start with the raisins!|
But I want to eat this bread. A traditional whole grain bread to be served along side a dish of beans, soup or stew. This bread is not sweet except for the molasses and raisins making it the perfect partner to beans. It had an enjoyable texture, one that needs butter, just like the bread in the can.
The recipe calls for baking the bread in one pound (size) cans and while the round shape is traditional, I had no cans to bake in. So I used small loaf pans. This bread containing whole grain flour and molasses as the sweetener looks like a chocolate loaf. But it is a proud loaf of healthy goodness intended to be served alongside your best beans or bean soup.
|Heirloom Boston Brown Bread.|
adapted from: More with less Cookbook
2 c graham or whole wheat flour (we use pastry grind)
1/2 c flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 c buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 c molasses
1 c raisins, chopped and lightly floured
1/4 c nuts (optional)
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients, including the raisins and nuts, mixing until smooth.
|I used small loaf pans for baking, instead of the traditional round can.|
Prepare 4 small loaf pans (see note below) for baking, spoon batter evenly into each pan. Let stand for 30 minutes. Bake 30- 35 minutes or until done in your oven.
Let cool briefly, before removing from pans. Wrap airtight and store 24 hours before serving, for easier slicing.
Cooks Update: Next time I will use only 3 pans to produce a better-sized loaf.
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