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How Do You Bake Bread in a Can?

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To bake bread in a can, start with a clean, rust-free can without a label. Grease the inside of the can thoroughly with vegetable shortening to prevent sticking, and place the can upright on a cookie sheet. Fill the can with dough. For heavy, yeast-free breads, fill the can 3/4 full with dough. Fill cans 1/3 full of yeast dough to allow room for the bread to rise. Start checking for doneness 10 minutes before the recipe's suggested cooking time.

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One common type of bread baked in a 1-pound coffee can is Boston brown bread. To make this bread, combine 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/2 cup rye flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt until well mixed. Add 1/2 cup molasses and 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and stir until just combined. Then add 1 beaten egg and 1 cup buttermilk to the dough, and mix until just combined. Stir in 1/2 cup raisins.

Unlike other breads, Boston brown bread requires steaming while baking. So, pour the dough into a greased coffee can, and place a piece of greased foil over the top of the coffee can. Put the can in an oven-safe pot that has sides higher than the sides of the coffee can. Fill the outer pot with boiling water until it reaches the half-way point on the side of the coffee can, and cover the pot. Place the pot in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.

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