Making Bread in a Can

June 23, 2009

Making Bread in a CanWhen baking bread, I use the 48 oz juice cans, sprayed with cooking spray. Knead dough and put a ball of dough in the can filling it about 1/3 full. I bake 8 loaves at a time, and they all fit nicely in the oven. Bake as usual. Let cool for 10 minutes, and the bread will shake out easily.


Source: Just a need to bake the whole batch at one time.

By gollyg from Spruce View, Alberta, Canada

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October 6, 2004

A great tip for the holiday season. I am always having trouble finding small bread pans for gift loaves. My mother gave me the idea of using soup cans. Just wash good, remove the label, and spray with a bit of cooking spray. Fill can to 3/4 full and you have a great little loaf.

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December 19, 2019

What products come in a no. 303 can nowadays? I am going to try a recipe for bread that calls for a no. 303 can.
Thank you.

Baking Bread in a #303 Size Can - recipe book page for date nut bread


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December 21, 20190 found this helpful
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I found a website that gives conversions:

I would bake in the smaller size bread pans vs. cans just to be safe. Most cans today are lined with something that is to help preserve the food.


I would never want that being baked into my food. Truthfully, we use very little canned items because of my fear of the can. I may be wonky, but I am a safety first gal!

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December 22, 20190 found this helpful
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There are quite a lot of foods that come in the #303 cans these days. Pineapple is one of the foods they put in these cans. These are your typical 16 ounce cans that are in the market. I would stick with the fruit cans to bake your bread in and not the ones that have some acid foods in them like tomatoes.

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November 28, 2007

Can you put a metal coffee can in the oven? I want to bake a circular gingerbread form around the coffee can, would this work?

Dana from Clearwater, FL


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November 28, 20071 found this helpful

I have seen a lot of recipes for coffee can bread. Just make sure it is all metal of course with no plastic parts, label off etc. I dont know if it matters if there is a painted on label or not. I would just stick with all metal.


Years ago I made mini quickbreads in SOUP cans. This wasn't the recipe I used but gives you the general idea:

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November 28, 20070 found this helpful

I used to do this a lot back in the '80's and it was fine but who knows what kind of paint they use on those things nowadays? Try to find a can with a paper label you can remove and if you cant find one buy a baking pan made for this purpose. I'm sure it's pricey but it's better than ingesting something toxic.

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By Brenda (Guest Post)
November 29, 20070 found this helpful

We used to bake bread in metal coffee cans.

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By dolly (Guest Post)
November 29, 20070 found this helpful

I use metal 48 oz. juice cans for making my bread in all the time, just spray the inside with oil bake as usual
I make 8 loaves at a time, they fit easily inot the oven. Just the right size and shape for many of the lunch meats and hamburgers of course. I just made 8 loaves this am. I also use cofee.

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

As long as there is no label or paint on the can itself you can use it. There is no paint inside the can so no toxic issue. I love brown bread made in soup cans.

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November 30, 20070 found this helpful

I wouldn't worry about the painted cans. So many of us made bread this way back in the 70's and 80's without harm. The cans are sealed under heat before they leave the coffee roasting plants without ill effects to the workers.


Thanks for the reminder. I'll have to try it again and amaze my granddaughters!

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By annabelle (Guest Post)
December 3, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, I'm sure you can. I remember my mother used to bake "Brown Bread" in a coffee can so it would have the round shape. Naturally, you wouldn't put a coffee can into a microwave oven! annabelle in Phoenix

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, I'm sure you can. I recall my mother using a coffee can to make Brown Bread. That way it would have the round shapeand look so pretty when sliced.

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

You betcha! I've even used different size tuna cans, lunch meat cans etc. To bake odd sized/ shaped cakes for wedding cakes/ birthdays and more.


Sally Lund bread used to be baked in coffee cans all the time, recipe even called for it.

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December 4, 20070 found this helpful

Yes..just make sure you peel off the label, if it's glued on, of course! I've made pumpkin bread for yrs. using coffee cans.

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By Dana. (Guest Post)
December 5, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for all your feedback!

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December 14, 20210 found this helpful

I have used metal cans for way way many years an works fine I just want to bake Fannie farmer Boston bread in small cans just I want smaller PCs of bread!! To go on a cheese board with my own homemade blue cheese any help would be great

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November 21, 2005

I remember making bread in cans years ago. I've been trying to remember how to do it. Can you use frozen bread dough?

IowaLady from IA


By Jo (Guest Post)
November 22, 20051 found this helpful

I make several different nut breads in cans for holiday gifts...baked in a crock pot. Just grease them well, pour batter 2/3 full, arrange 3-5 in crock pot (depends on size of crock pot and cans used) then place several layers of paper towels on top.


Cover and bake on high for about 2 hours, or until they test done with a toothpick. They are really moist and delicious!

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By christi (Guest Post)
November 24, 20050 found this helpful

I found this on Recipe zaar but it didnt have a length of time for it to cook but here is the recipe.
White Bread Baked in a Coffee Can Recipe #4288
These recipes were in my local paper a few weeks ago and looked to be really good. I'm afraid that I did not keep the name of the person sending this in to the paper. White Bread Baked in a Coffee Can You will need 1 pound coffee cans these breads.
4-4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

I found this one on chefmom website
Bread in a can
Easy to cut, cylindrically shaped bread baked in an empty Texsun or same-sized juice can. This recipe makes two cans worth, since it goes so quickly in a house with 4 children!

2 cans Texsun grapefruit or same-size juice cans, empty & washed
2 & 1/2 cups warm water
2 pkgs. (1 & 1/2 Tbsp. yeast)
4 Tbsp. shortening (I use Butter Flavor Crisco)
2 teaspoonsful salt
4 Tbsp. sugar
6 cups flour

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add shortening, salt, sugar and half of the flour. Beat two minutes at medium mixer speed or by hand two and a half minutes, scraping sides & bottom frequently.

Add remaining flour & blend with a spoon. Scrape sides of bowl. Cover with a cloth & let rise in a warm place (85 degrees F) about 30 minutes or until double in size. Then beat batter about 25 strokes and put into greased juice cans. Smooth top & pat with a floured hand.

Let rise again in cans until batter reaches 1 in from the top.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove from can and let cool on rack.

Cut when cool.

This is a great first-time bread recipe!
Tips for rising dough: I empty the dishwasher, take out the tube in the middle & start the heated drying cycle while I'm mixing it all up. Then I put the bowl with the dough, uncovered, inside the dishwasher & turn off the heat. (Make sure it's not too hot, though.) It rises quicker & it's out of the way while you clean up.
After cool, bread is easy to cut, since it has the indentions of the can imprinted on it. Virtually impossible to make a crooked slice. And the smell is wonderful!

Prep time: 10 minutes until mixed, then add rising times

Serves 10

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By JR, Moultrie (Guest Post)
November 24, 20050 found this helpful

I remember it, to. That was when Pumpkin Bread first came out, and it is the same as the current recipes as far as I can tell.

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