Friday, November 18, 2016

New England Brown Bread Steamed in a Tin Can

I am making this for the Holidays this year. I love Vintage and Classic American Recipes.
Brown Bread was created by Early American Colonists. The process was taught to them by Native Americans.
Wheat Flour wasn't readily available so when they could get it they combined 3 different Flours to make this special Bread.
Ovens were also scarce so it was steamed in a Tin Container over an open fire.
It was traditionally served with Butter and Jam.

New England Brown Bread Steamed in a Can
(This recipe is adapted from several other recipes)

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
A Deep Soup Pot, Stock Pot or Pasta Pot with a Lid. You can also seal the Pot with Foil.
1 - 28 oz. Tin Can ( Tomatoes are available in 28 oz. cans) Brush and Grease Generously with softened Butter.
Have Boiling Water available for the Water Bath.

1/2 C Graham Flour
1/2 C Rye Flour
1/2 C Cornmeal
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 C Sour Cream
1/2 C Molasses
1/4 C Water
3/4 C Dark Raisins

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
Graham Flour
Rye Flour
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Whisk well.

Sour Cream
Stir by hand with a Wooden Spoon.
Mix just until well combined.
Fold in Raisins.

Place the Can in the Stock Pot.
Add Boiling Water to come halfway up the side of the can.
Cover the Pot with a tight fitting lid or the lid sealed tightly with Double Lined Foil.

Bake 1 Hour and 15 Minutes.
Remove the Can to a Rack to Cool Completely.

To Serve:
Slice into Rounds served with Butter, Cream Cheese and Jam.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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