Soup Can Bread

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 lb. dates, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tblsp. butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsps. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup nuts (your choice) chopped

You’ll need 9 clean soup cans.  Be sure to smooth out any rough edges from taking the top off.  Wash cans and dry them thoroughly.  Then grease and flour the insides, and set on a baking sheet.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Boil the water.  Put baking soda and dates in a large bowl, then pour boiling water over, stirring slightly.  Let this sit and cool.

When the date mixture is cool, stir in the rest of the ingredients, mixing with a big spoon or spatula until combined well.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared soup cans carefully.  Fill each can about half full.

Put baking sheet with soup cans on top into your preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool slightly.  Then tip can over and gently slide bread out.  Cool each soup can loaf of bread on a rack until completely cool.  May be wrapped and refrigerated or frozen.

These make cute house warming gifts.  They’re so “homey” looking with the soup can marks on the loaf.  You may want to save some of the soup can labels and decorate the gift box that you package the loafs in.  You might even make a color copy of the soup can labels and “label” the loaf with the new label by cutting it to size, wrapping it around, and taping it closed.  (I don’t use the actual label because they usually have leftover glue on the back.)

This recipe appears in MemoryLaneMeals – and is shared here with my friends at HBHW in hopes you’ll find the recipe both fun and memorable.

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