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An ode to weird bread

JMonkey's picture

An ode to weird bread

A Really Crappy Poem

By JMonkey

Hungry? Famished? Almost dead?
Jonesing for a hunk of bread?
Never fear, walk down the hall
To the machine that vends it all.
You'll find there bread in a can,
So long as you live in Japan.

Here's a link to the article.

breadnerd's picture

How funny!  You know Japan has a good reputation regarding bread--apparently the french taught their methods to Japan a long time ago, and even Calvel mentions in his book that they understood how to make truly french bread.  I've also seen Japanese stamps with baguettes on them, which I thought was strange until I looked into it.


But this?  I don't think Calvel would approve :) 

ehanner's picture

As I browse and search for bread so lean
I come across this bread machine
The cans are gleaming and look so tasty
I wonder if I'll become a pastry!



demegrad's picture

Now I'm wondering who will be the first to post a picture of bread baking in a soup can.  I think if you cut of the top of the can off with one of those side cutting can openers you replace the lid, let a little piece of dough rise, then throw it in the oven with something on top of the can to hold down the lid.  Kind of a single serving pullman pan.


SDbaker's picture

I believe I saw a recipe on the foodtv network of a single serving cake baked in a soup can.  I like the novelty of cooking in cans but always wonder what happens to the soldering components as they heat up in the oven or campfire..

 SD Baker

KipperCat's picture

LOL! I showed this to DH, who reports that he remembers seeing a full loaf of Mrs. Baird's bread sold in a can, probably in the 50's.

KipperCat's picture


And there's always the lunar landing module...


See complete article here..

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

They said today it could be done

a can of bread for thoughts of one.

In soup can hidden and tucked away

a thousand years later to make a say.

The archeologists thought it strange

that bread from a can had never changed.

(bow and hand gesture for the next please....) 

Mini O

bwraith's picture

Would I could retaliate,

but I'm sleepy and sedate.

When I first learned bakin',

the right book was Clayt'n.

Bread Became Art,

graduation to Peter Reinhart.

A tenacious, persistent teaser,

made me look at Maggie Glezer.

When finally I'm dead,

just bury me in bread.

browndog's picture

A dough arose in Tokyo,

And stretched and yawned

--it was near dawn--

A yen to take a shower, sushi

Stepped into the flour;

When she was done

The morning sun

Was rising in the yeast;

A nut was tucked behind each ear,

A berry in her hair--

"Well, this should tame the beast", she thought,

And sat, not in a chair, but

In a can--not soup, or beer, or Spam--uh,

This was Japanadama.


tomsbread's picture

A man from Singapore
Loved bread to the core
He baked bread by the dozen
Starting in a cold oven
This one's for you, Al Gore

Siren223's picture

oh that is fantastic, I have a friend who is going to Tokyo next week....I will see if she can find some.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

 Bread can in natural pose with harvest

Harvest proof



Mini O

Woz's picture

I mentioned the Japanese Bread in a Can to a colleague living in Osaka. His response was "That must be a regional thing. I walk past hundreds of odd vending machines every day, but I've never seen that."

It does spark the imaginnation a bit though.



Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

About 18 years ago and bought beer from a vending machine..... meanwhile....

 Ravioli can...

Ode to a old tin bread form

There once was a can from Milano, who saw other cans aluminano.
Though his can was quite busted and his pressed seems were rusted,
the bakes of his bread tracked milliano.

-Mini O

susanfnp's picture

I was in Tokyo, Japan about 18 years ago and bought beer from a vending machine

Like Mini Oven, I spotted a beer vending machine on the street in Kyoto:

Beer vending machine

Also, a cubic watermelon in Tokyo. Price, including box: 15000 yen (about $130.00)

Cubic Watermelon, Tokyo

Despite the canned bread, the Japanese really are great bakers. The bottom one or two floors of every department store are food halls that offer every type of gastronomic delight you can think of. This includes an extensive bakery with melon pan (left photo) and anpan (right), two styles of uniquely Japanese bread, as well as Western-style artisan breads and pastries of all types.

Melon Pan Anpan

Western-style bread in Japan


demegrad's picture

Mini O, did you end up baking that dough in the can?  I just baked some of the Light Wheat from BBA, and threw about 175 grams of dough in a can.  It is by far some of the weirdest bread I've ever come across, might be a decent way to bake bread while camping though, there always seems to be enough soup cans around.  It literally has NO crust, the bread it self was good though.  I put a rock onto of the lid of the can but the bread seemed to creep out a little while expanding in the oven.






Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

and it stuck so bad, I didn't get it out whole! (Congratulations!) I smeared it with garlic butter and ate it with butter running down my wrists. It never had a chance to cool, poor thing. I had cut both ends out of the can and laid it on the side to bake with the dough expanding out both ends. (I was temped to add a metal drawer grip to the can, "the ultimate bread carry case") Many years ago, one could buy forms for round loaves that worked on the same principal, I believe they were glass so they would brown better. Sandwiches for the "bridge club." Anyone remember those? Not too practical I guess....

Mini O

KipperCat's picture

I still see those round pans online, including some in shapes - hearts, card suits, etc.  But I've only seen metal ones. 

qwiksilver's picture

I am so tempted to do that.  Only use the big 28 oz soup cans.

jlewis30's picture

I had a step mother once upon a time who made her whole wheat bread in coffee cans. It was terrible and flavorless, but that was not the fault of the cans I am certain. It was actually one of those formative moments that started me on a life long bread baking "thing". Thinking I can certainly make better bread than that can stuff =)