After making coffee can bread recently, I thought that I could recreate the same idea using soup cans. Upon having success, Olivia and I set out to make several recipes as a thank for her teachers this spring.
We made each teacher her own individual miniature loaf of "bread in a can." I was so pleased with the way they turned out.
We began by collecting our cleaned soup and vegetable tin cans, left over from our May Day Flower Can Vases project. Then, we made Banana Bread batter. Here's the recipe we used:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar or turbinado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/3 cup mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease 4 soup or vegetable tin cans with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt; stir. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture, until just moistened. Pour batter evenly into 4 greased soup or vegetable tin cans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until skewer inserted in middle comes out clean. Allow bread to cool in cans. After cooling, pour bread out of the can, slice, smear with butter (definitely recommended J), eat, and enjoy. Or wrap and give away. (If not giving away the same day as having baked, you will need to store in a sealed container or bag in the refrigerator to maintain freshness. Can store up to 3 days in refrigerator or 2 weeks in the freezer. If placing in freezer, take bread out of can to freeze and return to cleaned can when presenting.)
Once baked and cooled, the individual loaves received a piece of Saran Wrap over the top and a bright ribbon tied into a simple knot bow. Next, I tucked a tea bag under the bow to accompany each small loaf of "bread in a can."
Finally, Olivia made note cards in the shape of a spring flower for each can. The cards read: "Happy Spring! Enjoy a cup of tea with your banana bread while admiring the beautiful spring flowers."
These individual loaves of "Bread in a Can" could be made for so many different occasions. As mentioned already, they make lovely spring time happys, but they could also be made for teachers for the end of the school year, a friend who is under-the-weather, or Dad on Father's Day.
"Bread in a Can" is a fun thing!