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Boston Brown Bread with Milk Kefir

This school year brings American History lessons back to our homeschool, and one of the recent activities suggested in my daughter’s curriculum was making a colonial recipe. The recipe below is my take on Boston Brown Bread, using milk kefir instead of buttermilk. If you don’t have milk kefir, you can substitute buttermilk back instead.

Boston Brown Bread made with Kefir

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Brown Bread with Milk Kefir


1/2 cup rye flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose white flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup plain milk kefir

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/3 cup molasses

2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a loaf pan, then dust lightly with flour. Combine the rye flour, cornmeal, white flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, stir the milk kefir, melted butter, molasses, and eggs until combined. Pour the kefir mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. When cool, shake the bread gently out of the pan. Tastes great topped with a little butter and honey.


5 thoughts on “Boston Brown Bread with Milk Kefir”

  1. Hi…I am a New England girl living now in New Jersey…love brown bread but I have never heard of milk kefir before…what is it and where or where do you buy it ??? BTW: great looking recipe


    1. Milk kefir is cultured milk, basically drinkable yogurt. I make my own (I’ll be posting about that soon) but it is also available in most health food stores and some regular grocery stores in the dairy aisle. Be careful, though, some of the store bought brands have added sugar. The kefir I use in this recipe is plain, unsweetened kefir that tastes similar to buttermilk. Thanks for your visit!

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