9 servings (serving size: 1 slice bread and 1 tablespoon maple cream cheese)

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Stir in dried cranberries. Add buttermilk, molasses, and 1/3 cup maple syrup to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour batter into a 13-ounce coffee can heavily coated with cooking spray. Cover with aluminum foil; secure foil with a rubber band.

Step 2

Place can on a shallow rack in a large, deep stockpot; add enough water to pot to come halfway up sides of can, and bring to a boil. Cover pot, and steam bread in boiling water for 2 hours, adding boiling water as needed.

Step 3

Remove can from water; let bread cool in can on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from can. Combine Neufchâtel cheese and remaining maple syrup; beat well with a mixer. Cut bread crosswise into 9 slices, and serve with maple cream cheese.

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