Another recipe given to me by a local lobster fisherman's wife. Since coffee no longer comes in a 1 lb can, I just use a 4 cup steamed pudding mold. Raisins are, apparently, a traditional part of this bread, but she didn't like them and neither do we.
2Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add molasses and buttermilk* and blend well.
3Spray a 1# coffee can (or 4 cup steamed pudding mold) with cooking spray and fill with batter. Cover tightly with foil and tie string or rubber band around the top. If pudding mold comes with a lid, use that.
4Place mold in a deep kettle and add boiling water halfway up the mold. Cover and steam over moderate heat for 1 1/2 hours, replacing water as needed.
5Remove from mold. To cut while hot, take a string around the bread, crossing and pulling the ends.