Hobo Bread

  • Yield 3 one lb. loaves
  • Prep
  • Cook 60 min.

A wonderfully flavored raisin fruit bread.

Best if refrigerated a few days before slicing as the flavor improves and it "keeps" like fruitcake but tastes much better! It also can be eaten at once and usually is.


2 cups California Raisins
2 1/3 cups boiling water
4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup vegetble oil (grapeseed or olive)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)


  1. Stir raisins, boiling water and baking soda together and let stand 4 to 5 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Add remaining ingredients in order and mix well.
  4. Pour into 3 greased and floured 1-pound cans or 9 x 5-inch bread pans. Mixture will be very thick. Bake 60 minutes. Remove from cans or pans and cool on wire racks. Store in containers or plastic bags.