Fun & Amazing Recipes For Your Family

Hobo Bread Greenfield Village


Uniquely American bread dates back to the Great Depression. Tin cans are used to bake this bread (just like the hoboes did it back in the day).

It’s juicy, flavorful, and simple to make. It’s no surprise it’s a favorite with visitors visiting Dearborn, Michigan’s Greenfield Village. Through antiques, exhibitions, and even food, Henry Ford lives to convey the unique and captivating story of American life.

This original recipe allows you to enjoy an American tradition that once turned strangers on the racetrack into the family, whether for morning, sandwiches, or dessert.


  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups walnut
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Cover raisins with boiling water and set them aside to cool.
  2. Combine the baking soda and the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Half-fill 3 oiled and floured 28-ounce cans (remove paper labels from cans before starting the baking process). 4. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350 degrees F. 
  4. Allow cooling before removing from cans.

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