Authentic Boston Brown Bread Recipe: A Delicious and Nutritious Loaf

  • By: Just-Recipes
  • Time to read: 2 min.

If you’re looking for a delicious, traditional Boston brown bread recipe, you’ve come to the right place! The result is a hearty, flavorful bread full of texture and taste. Best of all, this recipe is straightforward to follow, even for beginning bakers. So if you’re ready to start baking this classic New England treat, read on to discover how to make Boston brown bread!

Boston Brown Bread Recipe

Boston Brown Bread Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • ½ cup whole wheat or rye flour*
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 beaten egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Nonstick spray coating


  • In a medium mixing bowl stir together flours, cornmeal, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in buttermilk, molasses, egg white, and oil just till blended. Stir in raisins.
  • Spray a 4- or 4½-cup ovenproof mold, bowl, or 7½x3½x2-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray coating. Pour batter into mold or pan. Cover tightly with foil.
  • Place mold or pan on a rack set in a large Dutch oven. Pour hot water into Dutch oven around the mold or pan to a depth of 1 inch.
  • Bring water to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 to 2½ hours or till a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Add boiling water to the Dutch oven as needed.
  • Remove mold from Dutch oven. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan. Serve warm.


If desired, bake the bread. Do not cover mold or pan with foil and bake in a 350° oven about 45 to 50 minutes.


Sodium: 98mgPotassium: 142mgFat: 1gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 14g
Keyword Low Cholesterol, Low Fat
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