Boston Brown Bread with California Figs

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Traditionally steamed, this updated take on brown bread has a crisp baked crust. Whole-wheat flour and cornmeal add heartiness while molasses and dried figs contribute sweet depth.

Boston Brown Bread with California Figs

When looking at Boston brown bread recipes, this Boston Brown Bread with Mission Figs from America's Test Kitchen is the best because of figs and molasses.
Servings 10 slices


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs stemmed and chopped into 1/4" pieces
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg large, lightly beaten


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, baking soda, figs and salt together in bowl. Whisk buttermilk, molasses, oil, and egg together in another bowl. Whisk buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until combined.
  • Scrape equal amounts of batter into prepared pans and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with few crumbs attached, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Cool bread in pans on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool for at least 30 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature. (Bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.)


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