A few weeks ago, while having coffee with my friend from college, Krissy, I told her about how I found this great idea for making bread in a can from this great craft blog. After going on about how it combined my two loves: baking and crafting, and how much I couldn't wait to try this project for my blog, she asked me if I could wait just a few more weeks to do it, but that if I did wait she would pay me for it.
Um. Duh. Of course I will--are you kidding me? I have a million other craft ideas to create and blog in the mean time!
She's a high school teacher who needed a nice gift for her secret pal at work, and thought that bread in a can would be perfect! She told me she'd pay me for the materials, plus for my work (I told her none of this was necessary, but she insisted) and that she's need them at the beginning of October. Perfect! I can make yummy Fall quick breads in cute cans, and it's a great excuse to go crazy with the decorating--I mean, who wants an undecorated, uncute gift? No one! Let the crafting begin!
So this week, I made bread in a can. Again, I can't take full credit for this--it's something that's been going around the crafting world for a while, and I got my banana bread recipe from Chasing Fireflies. What I didn't get from her wonderful blog was a recipe for a pumpkin quick bread (which I already had) and the ideas for how I was going to decorate these beautiful cans.
If you want the banana bread recipe, head over to Chasing Fireflies because she has done an amazing job with the recipe and her own design of the cans.
Here's my recipe for pumpkin quick bread. You can add walnuts to it, but since I didn't know if the receiver of this gift has any allergies, I decided to leave it out this time. But it's definitely yummy to add a 1/2 cup of walnuts to this before you bake it!
Pumpkin Quick Bread
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1/2 c veg oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c water
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Chasing Fireflie's banana bread, and a third can (not pictured) for the leftovers so that I can munch on them...hehehe...
Before you pour your bread into the cans, though, you need to make the new pretty labels. Trust me, this is way easier before you bake them than after! I just chose 2 different scrapbook papers that have complementary colors, plus 2 small tags.
I used hot glue to attach the labels to each can. Go slow, only gluing a small portion at a time, and make sure you line up your label before you glue or your label might be warped when you're finished. I didn't take pics of this because it's hard to hold a camera, a can, and a glue gun all at the same time. But here are the cans after they were labeled:
Here they are all finished:
How cute are these to give and get?! A great gift for a friend, coworker, teacher, new neighbor--anyone would love to get these!! :)
Totaling up the cost of these is a little harder, because it depends what you have on-stock in your cupboard. This is definitely a project/gift that you can do for under $10 though!
So go ahead and give it a try--even if you don't give it away, and you just make some bread in a can for yourself to eat on a crisp Fall afternoon! Bon appetit!