You are here: Home » Recipes » Boston Brown Bread Boston Brown Bread Recipe by American Profile Yield 36 servings PrintEmail "My grandmother, mother, daughter, and I make Boston Brown Bread every year. It's unique, because you bake the loaves in vegetable or fruit cans. " Ingredients 6 (14- to 16-ounce) empty, clean vegetable or fruit cans Cooking spray1 pound chopped dates2 teaspoons baking soda2 cups boiling water2 cups sugar1/2 cup shortening2 eggs4 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 cup chopped walnuts1 cup raisins Instructions Preheat oven to 325F. Coat the insides of cans with cooking spray. Combine dates and baking soda in a bowl. Pour in boiling water and let stand 5 minutes. Combine sugar, shortening and eggs in a large bowl. Using a mixer, beat at medium-high speed until creamy. Add date mixture and flour and stir until well blended. Add nuts and raisins; mix well. Fill cans about two-thirds full with batter. Bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in cans on a wire rack 15 minutes. Remove bread from can and place on wire rack to cook completely. Makes 6 loaves (6 servings each). Recipe by Barbara Mulvaney, Billings, Mont.