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Best Hobo Bread Recipe

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Hobo Bread

The Best Ever Hobo Bread Recipe

Best Hobo Bread Recipe

Have you ever had a family tradition? Something that your mom would make on cold winter nights that brought comfort and a sense of family? My family and I would make Hobo Bread with some tin cans and very basic ingredients. It never failed to keep us in good cheer while the wind howled outside our door.

Slicing up into cute little circles of goodness they will lay before your holiday guests like a tempting treat they have never seen before, canned shaped bread! Of course it came out this way because empty can were all the hobo's had around to use. Originally the bread would be baked with an open fire under the stars with the sound of a trains whistle off in the distance. You can vary the size of the loaves simply by choosing a larger or smaller can. Coffee cans make a woderfully large loaf while soup tins make a nice compact loaf perfect for lunches!

My mother would make this bread for my brothers and I as children. You could smell the excitement as she pulled the tins out of the oven and placed them on the rack to cool. The bread will slide out of the cans at it cools and then you and your family can enjoy a tradition my family and I spent many years enjoying! Excellet with melted butter and Jams too.

6 14oz empty tin cans

Hobo Bread

3 3/4 cups of raisins

1 1/2 cups of hot water

4 teaspoons of soda

4 tablespoons of butter

1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

1 1/2 cups of white sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla

4 cups of flour 

a pinch of salt

     In a large bowl put 3 3/4 cups of raisins, 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Stir in 4 teaspoons of soda and mix well. Now put in 4 tablespoons of butter, 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, 1 2/2 cups of white sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 4 cups of flour and a pinch of salt. Mix well in bowl. Grease the 6 14oz tin cans and place the dough in the cans up to 3/4 full. Bake in the oven at 350' for 45 to 60 minutes. When ready, take the cans out of oven and place them upside down on board to cool for an hour,  Bread will slide out of tins when cool and can be sliced into cute little circles for you and your family to enjoy.

Enjoy the best Hobo Bread Ever!!



Jan 11, 2013 3:59pm
This is a great recipe. I'm gonna try this soon,I really love fresh baked bread.
Good job passing on this family tradition,keep em coming.
Thumbs up from me.
Jan 11, 2013 5:05pm
This does look like a great Hobo bread recipe. I'll have to try it.
Jan 23, 2013 8:28pm
I made Hobo Bread tonight using these direction (roughly). I had to also make chili to get enough empty cans to make the hobo bread.

Used Pam spray in the cans, which turned out to be a mistake as it is hard to get an even coat of Pam on the cans. Next time I will actually grease the cans with butter or Chrisco for better results. I added some cinniman which worked well. Could not find the brown sugar until I doubled up the white sugar, than found the brown sugar jar.

The hobo bread was very good and a hit with the family, much like a raisin muffin in texture. Thanks for sharing this idea.
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