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Hobo Bread Recipe
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Hobo Bread

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"Two kinds of raisins beautify this humble quick bread. This is an unusual bread baked in 3 coffee cans. It must be started the night before."

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Original recipe makes 3 (1 pound) coffee cans Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    9 hrs 15 mins


  1. Place the dark and golden raisins in a medium bowl. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water, and pour over raisins. Let stand overnight without stirring.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease three 1 pound sized coffee cans.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in the raisins with their water, and the oil until well blended. Batter will be thick. Divide the batter evenly between the 3 cans.
  4. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean. Lay cans on their side to loosen the bread as it cools.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 01, 2009

This recipe I have known, made and enjoyed for many years. If you mix about a half the amount of the ingredients listed and use smaller cans(soup cans), you can make this on a camp fire. A tin foil cover helps. Don't put the cans right on the coals. Hence Hobo bread!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 12, 2009

I did this a little different... purely because i wanted something quick and easy... Did it with dark brown sugar (stil the full 400g) and just mixed it all together and bunged it on the oven... Tok about 45m... Not bad bread at all!


7 Ratings

Sep 28, 2004

one of the best hobo breads i have tasted

Apr 28, 2009

I was looking for this recipe b/c my Grandma used to make hobo bread. It was delicious and brought back fun memories. Thanks for sharing!

May 29, 2009

i was initially going to rate this a 3 but the days after i made it it tasted way better. Very quick and quite tasty. I might make again but it was nothing spectacular.

Jun 04, 2015

I love this bread!! Tho I have to make double batches cause the neighbors love it too!! I use dried cranberries instead of the golden raisins and everyone loves it even more!!!

Jan 02, 2014

Great bread easy to make and its great for breakfast with a little cream cheese.


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  • Calories
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69.6 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 416 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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