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4.91 from 22 votes

Hobo Bread

This is an old fashioned recipe that goes back to the pioneers! Easy to make and absolutely delicious. Great reviews!
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: bread
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: hobo bread, old fashioned bread recipe
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup broken pecans or walnuts


  • Bring water to a boil, remove from heat, add raisins and let sit for one hour Do not pour off extra water. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda in a large bowl. Pour in soaked raisins with extra water, vanilla extract and butter. Mix with a spoon
  • Fold in nuts. Spray a 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Spread dough in pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until center tests done. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing. You could add a powdered sugar glaze to this bread if desired. Makes 1 loaf