Have you ever heard of bread in a can? You may have if you love homemade bread or canned goods.
As the name suggests, it is bread in a can. That may sound strange to people who are used to buying loaves of bread.
Why would you have such a thing? Most of us only associate canned foods with beans, pickled vegetables, or soup.
Well, there is bread in a can! It dates back to the days of pioneers when it was called Hobo bread.
The name originated from a practice adopted by travelers or hobos of baking bread in metal cans over a fire.
They usually had this bread with hot coffee and canned baked beans for breakfast or dinner.
These days you can buy bread in a can from the grocery store shelves or make it at home in a coffee can.
The canned bread you see on grocery store shelves is made using cornmeal, rye flour, wheat, buttermilk, and molasses. A famous brand is B&M brown canned bread with or without raisins.
You can also make bread in a coffee can in the oven or by steaming it. Here are two recipes for bread in a can you can try at home.
Steaming Recipe for Making Bread in a Coffee Can
1/2 cup rye bread
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
7 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of molasses
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, oil, and molasses in a large bowl.
- Add the egg and buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir in the raisins.
- Spoon the bread batter into a greased coffee can, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of space on top
- Cover the coffee can with a greased foil and place it in a large pot. Ensure the pot’s rim is higher than the top of the can.
- Pour water into the large pot to a level halfway up the cans and bring the water to a boil.
- Cover the pot and let the water simmer for 1 1/2 hours to 1 3/4 hours as the bread steams.
- Keep replenishing the hot water until the bread is ready.
- Once the baking time is over, uncover the coffee pot and check if the bread is ready by sticking a toothpick.
- If the bread is done, set it aside for cooling on a baking rack for 15 minutes.
- Once the bread is cool, use a can opener to cut off the bottom of the coffee can and push the bread out onto a board.
- Slice the bread into thick slices and serve it with butter, jam, or cream cheese.
Baking Recipe for Making Bread in a Coffee Can
2 cups coffee
4 tsp baking soda
2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
A cup of white sugar
A cup of brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 cups sifted flour
- Boil the 2 cups of coffee and set them aside.
- Add the raisins and baking soda to the coffee and let them steep overnight.
- In the morning, grease three clean coffee cans with butter and flour.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Mix the sugar, flour, salt, and coffee-raisin mixture in a large bowl.
- Pour the bread batter into the greased coffee cans and let the bread bake for 65 minutes.
- Remove the bread in a coffee can from the oven and set it aside for 15 minutes to cool.
- Once the cans have cooled, cut their ends open and push the rolls of bread through.
- Slice and serve the bread with butter or cream cheese.
That’s a basic recipe for making bread in a coffee can, but there are other ways to make it.
You could substitute applesauce and honey for coffee and molasses for sugar in a different recipe. Some people grease their coffee cans with oil instead of using butter and flour.
Making bread in a can is a great way to recycle old coffee cans. You can do it at home in an oven or over a fire while camping. Try it if you are looking for a simple way of baking bread at home.