Delicious Coffee Can Bread Recipe – Perfect for Breakfast!

As a coffee lover and a barista, I am always on the lookout for inventive ways to incorporate coffee into my recipes. So when I discovered this indulgent and delicious coffee can bread recipe, I knew I had to share it with fellow coffee enthusiasts! This recipe is perfect for those who enjoy a subtle blend of sweetness and warmth in their baked goods.

The recipe was originally created during the Great Depression as a way to make do with what was available in the pantry. It’s humble beginnings are rooted in necessity, but have become a treasured piece of culinary history. The bread itself is not overly sweet, but has just the right amount of sugar to balance out the bitterness of the coffee.

I promise you that once you try this recipe, it won’t be long until it becomes a household staple in your kitchen. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s versatile too. You can slice it and toast it for breakfast or serve it alongside soups and stews as a hearty accompaniment.

So, dust off those old coffee cans, get ready to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare yourself for an aromatic treat that will transport you back in time to the heyday of depression-era baking. With this recipe in your arsenal, you’ll never look at canned bread the same way again.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Can Bread
Coffee Can Bread

When it comes to baked goods, nothing beats the comforting aroma of fresh bread straight from the oven. And this coffee can bread recipe will not disappoint!

Imagine biting into a warm slice of brown bread infused with a rich coffee flavor that’s balanced perfectly with just the right amount of sweetness. The consistency is dense and cake-like, but not too heavy. It’s incredibly easy to make and requires minimal effort, making it a great recipe for both novice and experienced bakers alike.

But what really sets this recipe apart are the unique ingredients that make it stand out from other bread recipes. Instead of just plain flour, we’re using a combination of dry ingredients such as ginger and baking soda that add depth and character to the bread. The use of evaporated milk also enhances the flavor while keeping it moist.

And let’s talk about how convenient it is to bake using coffee cans instead of traditional loaf pans. Not only do they give the bread a cute and rustic look, but they’re also less likely to burn on the bottom since they’re thickly insulated. Plus, you can make more than one loaf at once, which is great when you want to share your delicious creation with family and friends.

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon snack or a delicious breakfast option, this coffee can bread is perfect for any time of day. Pair it with some whipped butter or cream cheese spread for an extra indulgent treat. Trust me, once you taste this coffee pumpkin bread recipe, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 Freshly baked coffee can bread, perfect for breakfast or as a snack!
Freshly baked coffee can bread, perfect for breakfast or as a snack!

Before we dive into the details of this coffee can bread recipe, let’s get a rundown of what ingredients you will need for this delicious treat.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 can (12 ounces) of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 package (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast

Optional Ingredients

Looking to add a twist to your coffee bread? Here are some optional ingredients that you could use:

  • For a pumpkin bread, add in a can (15 ounces) of pumpkin puree and reduce the milk to 3/4 cups
  • For a Japanese sweet bread, use bread flour instead and add in 3 tablespoons of condensed milk
  • For a Finnish cardamom coffee bread, substitute the ginger for cardamom powder and decrease the sugar to half

With these ingredients listed in front of you, you’re ready to start baking some delicious coffee bread.

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing beats the smell of homemade bread baking in your own kitchen.
Nothing beats the smell of homemade bread baking in your own kitchen.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get baking! Below is a detailed guide on how to bake Coffee Can Bread.


  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup warm water (1 part boiling and 2 parts cold water)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two empty coffee cans with cooking spray, making sure to coat the entire surface generously.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, warm water, and sugar until fully combined.
  4. Add in the dry yeast and let it sit for about five minutes, or until frothy on top. This will indicate that the yeast is activated and ready to use.
  5. Stir the mixture well before adding in the salt and flour. Mix until everything is well incorporated.
  6. Using your hands or a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, knead the dough for approximately five minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic-like in texture.
  7. Separate into two equal parts, shape each part into a ball and place them into greased coffee cans.
  8. Cover each can with saran wrap to prevent drying out and let them rise in an evenly warm environment for about an hour or until they double in size.
  9. Remove saran wrap from cans gently and bake inside preheated oven for around an hour or until fully baked through the center.
  10. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes before removing loaves from coffee cans.

And there you have it – your own delicious, homemade Coffee Can Bread! Enjoy fresh by itself or as a side to your favorite main course.

Substitutions and Variations

 This coffee can bread recipe is a must-try for all bread lovers out there.
This coffee can bread recipe is a must-try for all bread lovers out there.

When it comes to baking, many times it’s important to have the exact ingredients. However, there are always some substitutions that might work well in a particular recipe. Depending on your taste buds and dietary restrictions, you can try making this coffee bread recipe a little bit unique.

Firstly, if you want to create a sweeter version of this bread, try using Japanese or Finnish sweet bread as a base. For added flavor and aroma, use cardamom. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something different, you can experiment with adding candied fruits or raisins.

If you’re watching your sugar intake, replace it with honey instead of granulated sugar. You can also substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier twist. On the other hand, if you want to make this bread gluten-free, use gluten-free flour as a substitute.

Additionally, you can try making pumpkin bread by substituting a can of pumpkin puree for the evaporated milk in the recipe. This will give your coffee bread a delicious dose of fall flavors!

Lastly, if you don’t have any coffee cans on hand or just prefer muffins over bread slices, pour the batter into greased muffin cups and bake them until they’re fluffy and golden brown. The possibilities are endless- feel free to experiment with the ingredients that suit your taste buds and preferences best!

Remember though; baking is an exact science so be mindful of substitutions and measure ingredients precisely.

With these variations, your coffee bread recipe will turn out just as delectable and unique as you are!

Serving and Pairing

 Say goodbye to store-bought bread and hello to this delicious homemade coffee can bread.
Say goodbye to store-bought bread and hello to this delicious homemade coffee can bread.

Now that you have made your delicious coffee can bread, it’s time to serve and pair it with some amazing flavors. This bread is great when served warm or at room temperature, making it an ideal option for a brunch, snack or even dessert!

One of the best ways to enjoy coffee can bread is with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. The rich, earthy flavor of the bread pairs perfectly with the bitter and slightly acidic taste of coffee. If you prefer a sweeter drink, try serving it with a tall glass of cold milk.

For a more intriguing flavor profile, try pairing your coffee can bread with something savory like bacon or scrambled eggs. The warm softness of the bread nicely balances the salty crunchiness of the bacon or provides an alternative to toast for the eggs.

If you are looking for something sweet to complement your coffee can bread, add some honey, jam or fruit slices on the side. The sweetness from these accompaniments combined with the texture of the bread would give your taste buds a delightful experience!

Lastly, if you want an indulgent treat, spread butter or cream cheese on your slices of coffee can bread before enjoying. This will enhance its rich and buttery taste and make it even more pleasing.

So there you have it – several delicious options for serving and pairing your coffee can bread. Whether you choose a sweet or savory flavor combination, this bread is sure to impress everyone.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A slice of warm coffee can bread is all you need to start your day right.
A slice of warm coffee can bread is all you need to start your day right.

One of the things I love about making coffee can bread is that it can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated later for a freshly-baked taste. Here are my tips for getting the most out of your coffee bread recipe:


To make-ahead, simply bake the bread as directed in the recipe and let it cool completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. This is perfect if you are hosting a brunch or dinner party and want to have fresh bread ready to go without the extra work on the day of.


Coffee bread should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. It should stay fresh for up to 3 days. If you want it to last longer, store it in a sealed bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat it, let it thaw at room temperature before reheating.


To reheat, simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut a slice of bread and wrap it in aluminum foil. Warm it in the oven for about 10 minutes until heated through.

Alternatively, you can pop it into the microwave for 10-15 seconds on high heat, but this method may cause the bread to become soggy.

With these tips, you can enjoy fresh coffee bread anytime you want without having to bake from scratch each time. Just remember not to overcrowd your coffee cans when baking, as too much batter will cause them to overflow. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The dough is rising and the anticipation is building, can't wait to taste this yummy bread!
The dough is rising and the anticipation is building, can’t wait to taste this yummy bread!

Now that you know the ropes of making the coffee can bread recipe, here are a few tips to ensure that your bread turns out as perfect as it can be.

Firstly, use warm water to activate the yeast. Ensure that the water is not too hot because this will kill the yeast.

Secondly, when adding the dry ingredients, ensure that they are well mixed before proceeding with adding the wet ingredients. This will prevent any lumps or clumps from forming in your batter.

Thirdly, do not overmix your batter. The more you mix your batter, the more you develop gluten in your dough – which is not good for delicate bread like coffee bread.

Fourthly, don’t bake the bread for too long or at too high a temperature as this might cause it to dry out or become burnt on top. Stick to the designated 1-hour baking time and preheated oven temperature of 350 degrees F.

Fifthly, spray cooking oil on the insides of each coffee can before pouring in the batter. This will make the bread come out more easily once baked.

Lastly, let the cooked bread cool for 10 minutes before removing them from their tins or cutting them up. This will give them time to settle and firm up properly.

These tips might seem small, but they can significantly improve your coffee can bread recipe and help you achieve excellent results every time you decide to bake this delicious brown bread!


As a barista with extensive knowledge and experience in coffee brewing and recipe development, I know that people often have questions when it comes to cooking with coffee. That’s why I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the Coffee Can Bread Recipe, so you can approach this recipe with confidence and ease. Read on for answers to your burning questions!

Why do you bake bread in a coffee can?

In the past, individuals resorted to using coffee cans as baking pans due to their accessibility and high quality steel material.

Can you bake in coffee cans?

According to the Canned Food Information Council, using coffee cans for baking is a safe option.

What can you use canned bread for?

Canned bread is a versatile food item that can be enjoyed in various ways. It can be served plain or with toppings such as butter, cream cheese, or jam. Some people even incorporate baked beans and chopped hot dogs on the bread for a more substantial meal.

How long does mason jar bread last?

It is recommended to consume the contents of a jar mix within one month of preparation.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, coffee can bread is a quintessential recipe that deserves a spot in every baker’s recipe collection. The recipe is easy to make, calls for common ingredients which can be easily substituted, and results in a versatile and delicious bread that pairs well with various dishes.

Baking bread is a therapeutic experience that projects emotions of home and family. The coffee can bread recipe transcends the mere act of baking as it harks back to a time when people baked out of necessity during the Great Depression. This simple recipe holds significant historical value while also serving as a treat for modern-day bakers.

Coffee pumpkin bread baked in coffee cans is not only great for personal consumption but also for gifting. It makes excellent housewarming gifts and festive treats.

As you set to follow this recipe, feel free to experiment with spices like ginger or sweet ingredients like cardamom to put your own twist on this classic recipe.

It’s time to start baking coffee can bread! Follow my recipe, stocking up on ingredients listed above, and enjoy warm, deliciously fresh-baked bread straight out the oven.

Coffee Can Bread

Coffee Can Bread Recipe

I don't know why coffee can breads intrigue me but they do. Anytime I see a new recipe that says coffee can I file it away to try some day.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Bakery
Cuisine Global
Servings 2 loafs
Calories 1480 kcal


  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 1/2 cups flour


  • Mix in a small bowl the first 3 ingredients.
  • Cover with a towel and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Mix next 4 ingredients. Add yeast mixture and flour. Mix all well.
  • Divide dough into 2 greased 1 pound coffee cans. Put plastic lid on cans and allow to rise till lid pops off.
  • Remove lids and place cans upright in 350 oven for 35 minutes or till desired brownness is reached.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1114gCalories: 1480kcalCarbohydrates: 258.3gProtein: 42gFat: 29.4gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49.3mgSodium: 1933mgFiber: 8.3gSugar: 25.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Very Low Carbs, Yeast
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