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5 from 7 votes

Boston Brown Bread

This hearty bread recipe is an old family favorite and so easy to make. Slather a piece with warm butter - it’s delicious.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boston brown bread, easy brown bread recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon molasses


  • Preheat oven to 320°F. Grease a 4x9" loaf pan or line with parchment paper (I do this to easily remove from the pan after baking)
  • Soak raisins in boiling water and let stand until cool, about 20 minutes.
  • Cream sugar, shortening, egg, and molasses with an electric mixer.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Alternately add flour and raisins to the sugar mixture until combined.
  • Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack to cool before serving.