Greenfield Village "Hobo Bread"

Joann Wisniewski


A thoroughly American bread, orriginating during the Great Depression. This bread is baked in tin cans (just like the hoboes did it back in the day). It's moist and delicious and very easy. It's no wonder that it's a hit to all who visit Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan.

★★★★★ 1 vote


Add to Grocery List

1 c
raisins or currants
1/2 c
boiling water
1/4 c
2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
8 1/2 oz
all purpose flour (about 2 c.)
2 Tbsp
butter (melted and cooled)
1/4 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract
egg (room temperature)
1/4 c
1/4 c
brown sugar ( firmly packed)
3/4 c
walnuts (chopped)

How to Make Greenfield Village "Hobo Bread"


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 F.
    Grease and flour 3 or 4 empty and clean soup cans.
  • 2Pour boiling water over raisins or currants.
    Add brandy and let cool.
  • 3Whisk together baking soda, salt and flour; set aside.
    In large bowl mix together butter, milk, vanilla, egg and the sugars.
    Add the raising or currants and all the liquid.
  • 4Gently mix in flour mixture and walnuts until just blended. (It's ok if there are lumps or streaks of flour)
  • 5Fill the soup cans to half full.
    Bake for 40 minute to an hour.
    Cool 5 minutes in cans before removing to a rack to cool completely.

Printable Recipe Card

About Greenfield Village "Hobo Bread"

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 1 Comment & Review

Put Your Tastebuds In A Twist With 10 Perfect Pretzels Recipe

Put Your Tastebuds in a Twist with 10 Perfect Pretzels

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Soft and buttery, there's nothing better than a warm pretzel and they're not very hard to make at home. Skip the ones in the frozen food aisle and make a...

15 Moist Zucchini Bread Recipes

15 Moist Zucchini Bread Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Perform magic with these delicious homemade zucchini bread recipes by making them and then watching them disappear!!

Easy To To Make Quick Bread Recipes For The Holiday Season

Easy to To Make Quick Bread Recipes for the Holiday Season

Kitchen Crew

With the holidays fast approaching, quick bread recipes are great to keep handy in your recipe box. Since they require no yeast or rising time, they are easy to make...