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Hobo Bread

This humble quick bread recipe has been a family staple for years. Made with raisins and lightly sweetened with brown sugar, slice off a piece tonight. Add butter and sink your teeth into heaven.


  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Boil water and pour over raisins and baking soda. Let stand overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In the morning add in remaining ingredients. Grease three 1-pound coffee cans and bake for 1 hour, then remove bread from cans.

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This recipe looks delicious. I will have to use a loaf pan too. I am going to be using gluten free flour. I like the fact that it has raising in it. I must confess that I thought baking soda had to be used immediately when putting it with liquid. I did not realize you could leave it overnight. Can't wait to see what happens to the raisins in the morning!

This sounds good and I want to try the recipe but I see only plastic coffee containers now and they sure are not a full 16 oz. size. Most are 11.5 oz. I guess I will have to go the loaf pan route, but I agree the cans would have been cute. This must be a vintage recipe!

If I had read down a bit further I'd have seen my question answered! Thanks, folks.

We don't drink coffee, therefore no coffee cans. What size pans should I substitute?

there is something missing in this recipe, there was no batter just wet raisins and dry flour and sugar is there missing liquid?

You still have the water that the raisins were soaking in. Recipes does not tell you to drain them. It says to add the remaining ingredients to them. :)

Sooo easy and so delicious it's ridiculous! Hubby and kids loved it! Made the whole house smell wonderful. Too bad it's not gluten free so I could have some.

Can I use a different chopped dried fruit? I don't like raisins...

I have made this bread 4 times. Instead of using coffee cans .I use two regular bread pans and it makes two nice sized loafs. I will be using that version for christmas gifts this year though. It is wonderful moist bread. My husband and I just love it. This recipe is definatley a keeper. Brenda Patron

Now I know how to make mine even more moist. Add some cinnamon for even better flavor. As for the can size, it sounds like about the same overall size as a normal loaf pan. I know it won't be 'hobo' variety, but for those of us who don't keep extra stuff like that layiing around, loaf pans seem like a good alternative.

This sounds yummy, I will certainly try this recipe. I have all the ingredients but not the cans so will have to wait. I copied the recipe.

This sounds really good and i want to make it but i don't have those size coffee cans. Can i use a large size baking dish?

REcipe doesn't say how much to fill each can

If you simply put an equal amount in each can, it will come out right. You can bake it in different containers, I would start checking with toothpick for doneness after about 45 minutes in a loaf pan. I like the shape of the coffee can, great with cream cheese and a good cup of coffee.

Can I use 9x5 loaf pans, how many would be needed and how long should the breads be in the oven?

This sounds really good. Can I use whole wheat flour?


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