Granny's Homemade Brown Bread
Total Time: 20
Yield: 1 loaf
Brown bread is the traditional accompaniment to baked beans, a true New England favorite, but the best homemade brown bread recipe involves steaming the loaf. To rig up a steamer, add 2 inches of water to a large pot; then place a brick or tin can in the center of the pot and set an empty 23-ounce coffee can (or 7- to 8-cup cylindrical mold) on top of it. Cover the pot tightly, and check it every 30 minutes to make sure there's still plenty of water at the bottom.
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- 1 cup graham flour (or use whole-wheat flour)
- 1 cup rye flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 cup sultanas or other raisins (optional)
- Unsalted butter
Instructions:In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and sultanas, if you like, and stir to form a smooth batter.
Butter the mold thickly and add batter (to about one-third of the way). Cover the pan with buttered foil and tie it in place with a string.
Place the mold in a steamer pot over 2 inches of rapidly boiling water (you'll need to add more water as it cooks). Cover and cook 2-3 hours, until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean.
Unmold on a cooling rack and let cool slightly. Serve warm, slathered with butter.