Quick to make, slow to cook, New England steam bread is traditionally served with beans, soups and chowders.



Hands-on Time: 10-15 minutes
Baking Time: 2-3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Yield: 1 loaf

  1. Oil and flour a clean, 1 pound coffee can or oven-proof crock.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, stir together dry ingredients including raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the molasses and buttermilk.
  4. Stir into dry ingredients, mixing well.
  5. Spoon batter into can or crock. Cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Set can in a larger pot that has a tight-fitting lid. Pour 2 inches of water in a larger pot. Place lid on the pot.
  7. Steam over medium-low heat for two hours.
  8. Alternate, energy-saving cooking method: Place covered can in a crockpot. Add 2 inches of water. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

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