Make Your Own Brown Bread in a Can
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Serves: 1 loaf
This is a fun "bread making" project for the whole family at the campsite. The kids will get a kick out of making bread in a can.
  • ½ cup graham or whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup rye flour
  • ½ cup yellow corn meal
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. rendered bacon grease
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup black strap molasses
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (optional)
  • unsalted butter
  • empty, clean one-pound metal coffee can
  1. In large mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
  2. Ad wet ingredients (and raisins, if you're using), and stir into a smooth batter.
  3. Thoroughly butter the inside of the coffee can.
  4. Spoon the batter into the can, leaving at least 1½ inches at the top to allow for the bread to rise.
  5. Cover the can securely with greased aluminum foil.
  6. Place the can in a Dutch Oven deep enough that the lid fits tightly with the can upright inside.
  7. Add enough water to come halfway up the can. Bring the water to a simmer, then cover the Dutch Oven, and steam for 90 to 105 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the top of the bread comes out clean (remove foil to test.) Replenish the water if needed while steaming.
  8. Cool bread in the can on a baking rack for at least 10 minutes, then remove from the can. If the bread won't come out from the top, use a can opener to remove the other end of the can and push the "loaf" on through.
  9. Slice and serve with butter, and honey if you like.
Recipe by 50 Campfires at