Perfect Entertaining

Recipe Contest
<+script type="text/javascript" src="">
Some of My Favorite Things

Recipe of the Week

Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Boston Brown Bread

While people most commonly associate brown bread with baked beans, it is very delicious and can be eaten at any time. It has a great texture and wonderful taste, particularly if you choose to steam it. I have also included instructions on how to bake the bread if you do not have the time to steam it. If you cannot find graham flour, you can substitute whole wheat flour. Traditionally the bread was steamed in foil wrapped coffee cans and cut with a string, but using a loaf pan to steam the bread also works very well.

1 cup rye flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup graham flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsulphured molasses
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup seedless raisins

If you are steaming the bread: Place a rack in a large pot. Pour in enough water to cover the rack by one inch. Bring the water to a boil. Butter two 1 pound coffee cans or a 9x5 loaf pan. Tear off enough aluminum foil to cover the pan or cans and butter heavily. If you are baking the bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x5 loaf pan and a length of foil to cover it. Sift the rye flour, cornmeal, graham flour, and salt into a large bowl. In a small bowl mix the baking soda with the molasses until it turns foamy. Mix in the buttermilk until well blended. Pour the molasses mixture into the flour mixture and mix well. Fold in the raisins. Pour the batter into the pan or cans and cover very tightly. If you are steaming, place the cans on the wire rack above the boiling water and steam for 3 hours, adding additional water as needed. If baking, bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.

Makes 2 round loaves or 1 rectangular loaf.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

All text, graphics, recipes, and articles copyright Perfect Entertaining 2001-2011, unless otherwise attributed. Legal Disclaimer. Privacy Policy. Please do not reprint or distribute any of the material on this website without permission. For reprint permission, advertising information, or for information about recipe or menu development, contact me via our feedback form. Thank you.