January has rolled around and the #BreadBakers are busy again in our kitchens, won’t you join us? We are starting on a healthy note, following Anshie’s lead and baking with RYE. Rye flour was previously not in my pantry but I learned that I should bake with it more often. Rye is high in fiber, a good source of magnesium as well as a host of other nutrients. For a rye bread to share today, I settled on this recipe for Boston Brown Bread from the Epicurious site. It’s a unique bread steamed in a tin can such as a coffee container. Now I’ve seen episodes of cooking shows where the contestants are given a mystery ingredient of “bread in a can” and then challenged to create a tasty dish. I was concerned that baking bread in a can on purpose might not have a great result but I was happily proved wrong.
There were many recipes online and nearly all had the same ratio of one part each of rye flour, whole wheat flour and cornmeal. A quick search for a history lesson taught me that rye and cornmeal were more widely available at one point and so bakers came up with this mixture of flours for their breads. Tins were a readily accessible vessel and steaming the dough was a method that home bakers could master.
One challenge for me was finding a coffee tin (or any other tin!) that was made from metal– so many of our goods are stored in sturdy cardboard containers. I thought I had come across a bit of luck when my relatives who were visiting from England brought some treats and one was a tall tin of crackers. I wrongly assumed this was a metal tin and didn’t realize my error until I had my ingredients mixed and ready to go. I proceeded anyway and had no major failures but I would suggest to wrap the bottom half of such a cardboard container in tin foil first to provide a barrier between the water and the cardboard. It was fun to have this round, cylindrical bread for a change. I am looking forward to fellow #BreadBaker, Mireille’s recipe for Boston Brown Bread in a slow cooker. Her recipe is listed below and I think a slow cooker would be a good method for this slowly steamed bread. Is Boston Brown Bread familiar to most of you? I’ve love to learn if this is mainly a New England specialty or if its popularity has spread.Print
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter for greasing
- 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. You’ll need a tin can like a 1-pound coffee can or other similar vessel. Also you will need a deep pan suitable for baking into which you’ll put the tin can while it bakes.
- Spray the tin can with baking spray. If your can is not made of metal cover the bottom half of it with aluminum foil.
- Gently whisk the rye flour, whole wheat flour, and cornmeal, as well as the baking soda and salt. Mix in the molasses and milk then add the raisins.
- Pour the batter into the mold. Cover the top with aluminum foil and secure with twine.
- Put your filled can into a deep baking dish in the oven, then take boiling water and pour it into the dish a few inches deep. *Note– it is easier to fill the dish with water while the dish is in the oven RATHER than filling the dish on a counter top and walking with the boiling water filled dish to the oven.
- Bake for two hours. The recipe suggests letting the bread sit for an hour then unmolding but I chose to unmold after about ten minutes. If the bread has pulled slightly away from the sides of your container you should be fine to empty it out to cool. I did this since my container was made of cardboard rather than metal and I didn’t want the wet cardboard touching the bread as it cooled.
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