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How to Make Boston Brown Bread

The first Boston brown bread recipe was invented in New England during the colonial time. It was made with the use of cornmeal, rye flour and a little amount of wheat flour. The first brown breads were either steamed or cooked in the fireplace.
Today, there are a lot of variations that came from the original recipe. The contemporary Boston brown bread (whose recipe can be found below) gets its flavor and color from molasses.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups buttermilk


  1. Start by preheating the oven into 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients and whisk until you get an even color and texture.
  3. Once the dry ingredients are properly blended, mix in the buttermilk to achieve a batter with an even consistency.
  4. Grease and flour the loaf pan to be used.
  5. Bake the batter in a preheated oven until it is ready. To check if the bread is cooked, you can get a clean toothpick and stick it in the middle part of the bread. Pull out the toothpick. If it comes off clean, then your brown bread is ready.
  6. Let the brown bread rest for at least 10 minutes prior to cutting.

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