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B & M Brown Bread

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New England or Boston brown bread is a type of dark, slightly sweet bread (usually a quick bread) popular in New England. It is cooked by steam in a can, or cylindrical pan.

New England brown bread New England or Boston brown bread is a type of dark, slightly sweet bread (usually a quick bread) popular in New England. It is cooked by steam in a can, or cylindrical pan. Brown bread's color comes from a mixture of flours, … see full wiki

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Bread from a tin can? Preposterous!

  • Dec 27, 2009
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Bread in a can?  Sounds positively revolting right?  Not so fast.  The  Burnham & Morrill Co. of Portland, Maine has been in the canning business for more than a century now.  These are the folks who bring you that staple of millions of American households--B & M Original Baked Beans.  But the folks at B & M also produce a companion product of old New EnglandB&M Brown Bread.  This is an item that most Americans have probably never sampled or for that matter ever even heard of.  When you pop open a can of  B & M Brown Bread (which is steam cooked right in the can!) I will be the first to admit that it does not appear to be particularly appetizing.  But looks are deceiving.  B & M Brown Bread has been a popular item around these parts for generations.  
For lots of New England families the tradition of  having baked beans and brown bread for supper on Saturday continues to this day.  Many of us grew up with beans and franks and brown bread on Saturday nights.  This is just the kind of  rib-sticking, intensely flavored food that we crave around here, particularly on a cold, blustery night.  Legend has it that brown bread is closely related to an earlier bread known as "rye and Indian" (from "Indian" cornmeal) or "thirded" bread from its use of rye, cornmeal, and wheat flours.  Now you might surmise that bread that is actually cooked in a can would be full of preservatives. This is simply not the case.  Despite its downright creepy appearance  B&M canned bread is actually about as natural as anything out there.  The ingredients listed on the can include water, whole wheat flour, molasses, dextrose, rye flour, whey, corn meal, baking soda, buttermilk, salt and corn oilCompare that to all of the junk found in your favorite snack food!   What's more, B & M Brown Bread tastes great!   B & M Brown Bread comes in two delicious varieties--Original and with Raisin.  I love them both but am partial to the raisin.  Brown bread is not something I purchase very often these days but when I do it is a real treat.  Just heat and serve!   B & M Brown Bread is great just as is or with some butter and really is the perfect accompaniment to a franks and beans or ham and bean supper.  Try it sometime!

Now I am not really sure if you can even find B & M Brown Bread everywhere in the country.  Around here it sells for about $2.00 a can.  What prompted me to write this review is that I saw this product advertised in a catalogue for $8.50.  Such a deal!   The catalogue describes the taste of B & M Brown Bread this way;  "Extremely moist and dense, this New England treat is made using only natural ingredients and has a rich molasses taste that comes through with every bite".  I would concur.  So go ahead.  Be brave.   For a taste sensation just a tad bit out of the ordinary I recommend that you give this all-time New England favorite a try.   Highly Recommended!
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