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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Recipe: Boston Brown Bread

Our beloved Boston Brown Bread….when we removed it from the menu, we found out just how much some of you liked it. Well, now you can have it any time you like! It’s baked a little differently than most breads, but I think you’ll like the results.

Boston Brown Bread

  • 1 1/4 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. shortening or butter
  • 3 tbsp. molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 3/4 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Generously grease 2 (1 pound) coffee cans or 3 (1 lb.) vegetable or fruit cans; set aside. (The cans should only have one end removed.)
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add raisins and walnuts, if desired. Toss to evenly coat the raisins and nuts with the flour mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oil, water, egg, vanilla, sugar, and molasses. Mix well.
  • Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture only until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Turn into prepared cans, filling evenly. Cover cans tightly with 2 layers of foil; secure with string or rubber band.
  • Cook with one of the two following methods:
    • #1: Place a rack in a large kettle or pot. Place the cans on rack. Place kettle/pot over low heat. Add boiling water until halfway up cans. Cover; bring water to a gentle boil. Steam bread 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Add more boiling water during steaming, if necessary.
    • #2: Place a rack in a large kettle or pot. Place cans on the rack. Add boiling water to the kettle/pot and cover with a lid. Place the kettle in a 325° oven and steam for 2 hours and 45 minutes, replacing boiling water as needed.
  • Carefully remove bread from cans. Cool on racks at least 30 minutes before slicing. Makes 2 or 3 small loaves.
  • APRICOT BOSTON-BROWN BREAD: Substitute 1 cup finely chopped apricots or 1/2 cup chopped apricots plus 1/2 cup raisins for 1 cup raisins.
  • BAKED BROWN BREAD: Generously grease a 2 quart casserole dish or 9"x5" loaf pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Turn batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


Anonymous said...

I have been wanting a recipe for Boston Brown Bread for so long. We used to think this was a wonderful treat when we were kids. I am going to make it for the family for Thanksgiving.


Eat'n Park said...

I'm glad to hear it! Please stop back and let me know how it turns out. I hope you and your family have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.


BeckytheBB said...

I am so happy you posted the recipe for your Brown Bread. I love it and maybe this will get me back to baking. But if I can get it already made at Eat-N-Park.............

Mary said...

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I worked at Eat n Park for 12 years and always loved this bread! It's so nice to have the recipe!

Debby said...

I quit going to your restaurant when you took this off the menu. You have redeemed yourselves with this!

Anonymous said...

Thank You Bostob Brown Bread has been my favorite thing at Eat n Park. Was so disappointed to see it removed from the menu. I have tried many receipes, but it was never the same. How I have the original.
Thank you again Jan

Anonymous said...

I love this bread and was very disappointed when it was taken off the menu. Thank you so much for posting the recipe.

Jill said...

What are the chances Eat'n Park will bring it back? Craving Boston brown bread is why I often ate at your restaurant!

Barb said...

we have been visting the Eat & Park since back in the sixties my daughter was a teenager and worked as a carhop.I always ordered theBoston Bread with fresh fruit salad please try and give this back to all of us who look forward to visting E&P and having this special treat Barb

Estee said...

Well, the new year is here and I've just copied this recipe so I can pass it down to my kids...It is delish..I've bought it at Eat'n Park and made it from this recipe.. enjoyed it very much..can't wait to make it again...remember it from my childhood..brings back fond memories..I like it with cream cheese..sooo good,and fattening!!!

Mary said...

I tried making the Boston brown bread and the batter was very dry...is there a missing ingredient or did I do something wrong...Thanks

Corinne Mihelic said...

HELP!!! I also made this recipe and it was totally crumbly & dry. What is missing or wrong here?

Eat'n Park said...

Hello! It has recently came to our attention that we had a typo in the recipe. It should have been 1 1/4 cups of water and not just 1/4 cup. We have updated the recipe and apoligize for the inconvenience!