Old Fashioned Weekend Warm Up

hot-choc-010When the temps drop into the single digits it’s time to warm up with a hot chocolate and this lovely steamed bread, made in a can. Canned Bread? Yup, and it’s so easy, delicious and full of good stuff. Just put the batter in a greased coffee can(see pix below) , put can in a pot  of boiling water, 3/4 of the way up the can. Cover with aluminum foil, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and steam for 2 hours or until a tester comes out clean. It’s really good with a dollop of cream cheese.  This recipe is a combination of  Date Nut Bread and Boston Brown Bread and it’s from my cookery book                     Coming Home To Cook.

Steamed Fruit Bread – gluten free In a large bowl mix together 2 1/2 cups gluten free bread flour or my recipe for gf flour in book. If using gluten flour use – 11/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup plain white flour. Add 1 cup cornmeal, 11/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking (bread) soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 cup chopped dates, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 3/4 cup dark molasses, 1/2 cup honey, 2 cups buttermilk. Mix well and spoon into greased cans. Place in water, cover with foil, cover the pot and steam for 2 hours.  Let cool on a wire rack. To remove, turn the can over, tap on bottom and bread will slide out. Enjoy!gf-bread-005gf-bread-006gf-bread-011