Instant Pot Boston Brown Bread

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    Instant Pot Boston Brown Bread Yum
    This old standard sweet bread, studded with raisins, gets a remake for the Instant Pot. This is a vegan and gluten free recipe!
    Votes: 4
    Rating: 3.75
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    Course Dessert
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Passive Time 15 minutes
    Servings
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    Ingredients
    Course Dessert
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Passive Time 15 minutes
    Servings
    people
    Ingredients
    Votes: 4
    Rating: 3.75
    You:
    Rate this recipe!
    Instructions
    1. Prepare your pans by spraying them with oil. See notes on pans below.
    2. Put the cup of almond milk in a glass measuring cup and add the vinegar and stir well. Let this sit while you prepare the rest of the batter.
    3. Measure the gluten-free flour, cornmeal, coconut sugar, xanthan gum, soda and salt into a large bowl and whisk together. Add the raisins and stir well to coat with the flour mixture...this will keep the raisins from just all settling to the bottom of the can.
    4. Add the molasses to your now sour almond milk and stir well.
    5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until fully incorporated.
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Place a greased piece of tinfoil loosely over the tops of the cans.
    7. Place a trivet upside down in the liner of the Instant Pot. Place your pans into the liner, and then add 4-6 cups hot water, bringing the water up to near halfway up the side of the cans.
    8. Lock on your lid, make sure you toggle is set to sealing, and set manual/pressure cook to 40 minutes. After the cooking is done, allow for a ten minute natural pressure release. Take the cans out, remove foil, and check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or skewer into the end of the loaf. If it comes out clean, remove the loaf from the pan and set aside to rest and cool for at least ten minutes.
    9. If the bread is still a little doughy, return to the pot, covered with foil, for 5 more minutes.
    10. Let cool at least 15 minutes after your take the bread out of the pan so the bread can "set up" a bit. Serve warm with butter...this bread is excellent toasted.
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    I am going to be totally honest with you. Not every food is better in the Instant Pot.

    I know, not a surprise to some of you. But, it does sometimes seem like the endless pretty photos and recipes of food made in the IP means that everything cooks faster and better in the IP.

    I have not found that to be true, especially for foods that we normally call ‘baked goods’. A baked good like brownies or quick breads ends up very dense and pudding-like when cooked in the high pressure wet environment of the Instant Pot. Now, my colleague Bill just came into my office and said, “Wow, I love that dessert you made!”. Yes, that Boston Brown Bread, studded with raisins, is more like a pudding or dessert than a loaf of bread. Served warm, or toasted, with some butter – yum. But it is NOT like a bread baked in the oven.

    So, this recipe works especially well for anyone using their electric pressure cooker in their RV, or on their boat or out camping. If you have an oven, bake your bread in your oven. But, if you would like a delicious sweet bread with a dense consistency, this is a great recipe for you!

    Let’s talk about pans. The traditional pan for this type of Boston Brown Bread used to be a tin coffee can. Do you have any idea how hard those are to find anymore? Most “cans” of coffee are not longer sturdy and durable. So, using a soup can, or a big can that used to be full of tomatoes – that kind of pan works best for this recipe. You can use any straight-sided object that is safe inside a pressure cooker. This recipe would be best with two or three soup or coconut milk type cans, or, a spring form pan that fits into your Instant Pot.

    Once you select your pan, spray it very well with Pam or your spray oil of choice. This will help enormously on the other end, getting your bread OUT of the pan once cooked.

    If you try this recipe, please leave us a comment about how it turned out for you – what pans you used, etc. We love feedback and take it all to heart!

     

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