Slow Cooker Boston Brown Bread

Slow Cooker Boston Brown Bread

This New England staple, traditionally steamed in a coffee can, is made with three types of flour and goes great with just about everything.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 loaves


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins, chopped
  • water


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the wheat flour, rye flour, cornmeal, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk, molasses, brown sugar, and raisins. Stir until everything is just combined.
  • Lightly grease 4 wide mouthed, straight-sided, pint canning jars. Grease the lids as well. Divide the batter among the jars, filling about 2/3 the way up.
  • Place the lids on the jars, tightening only just enough so that the lids don't fall off.
  • Transfer the jars to the slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with enough water to reach the batter line in the jars.
  • Cook on high until the batter passes the toothpick test, about 2 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the jars from the slow cooker and let rest until cool enough to handle. Remove the lids, then shake the jars to remove the loafs. Let them finish cooling on a wire rack.


These hearty brown loaves match perfectly with sausage and baked beans. Be sure to bring a loaf or two to your next BBQ!