Bannock Bread – Easy Camping Recipes
From Breakfast to Campfire Treats
Bannock bread has been a camping staple for centuries. It can be cooked as a flat bread on a cooking rock, a skillet loaf, a Dutch oven loaf, baked in a camping oven, and yes, even wrapped around a stick.
It can be made simply as a crusty bread, combined with sausage for a breakfast meal, or even as a campfire treat with the addition of cinnamon and raisins. But it can also be a burnt gooey mess if cooked too fast.
These simple recipes and directions, along with a little practice, will make your Bannock creations a highlight of the trip.
Basic Bannock Bread Recipe:
Better Bannock Bread Recipe:
- These recipes will make a medium flat loaf to serve 3 – 5 campers. It should not be doubled – if you need more make more loaves, a larger batch will probably burn before getting done inside.
- The amount of water needed isn’t precise. Start with 1/2 cup, then add a couple tablespoons at a time until you have a doughy lump.
*Combine all dry ingredients at home and store in a ZipLoc gal-size freezer bag to pack for camp. Then just add water and mix right in bag.
*If using the shortening/butter/margarine recipe, you can cut it into the dry mix, (use a pastry cutter or a couple butter knives), at home too – BUT… don’t add the baking powder until you get to camp and are ready use the recipe!
*For best results – shake bag well before adding water to make sure ingredients are thoroughly mixed, then make your dough quickly. The longer you take mixing, the flatter your loaf will be.
Variations and extras:
- For a sweeter bannock, add 1 tbsp. sugar to dry mix, and 2 tbsp. Maple syrup to water
- For a campfire treat, add 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp. sugar, and 1 cup of raisins to recipe
or… after turning once, brush the top side with butter and sprinkle a brown sugar/cinnamon mix over it
- For a cheesy Bannock – add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese to recipe
- For a breakfast treat, add 8oz. cooked sausage, finely crumbled
How to cook Bannock bread
It’s very simple – plop your bannock dough into a well-oiled:
Skillet: (cast iron works best)
Cover skillet with a lid or foil and cook over a low bed of hot coals – low heat is important to allow the inside to get done before the outside burns. Flip once after about 10 minutes.
Most important tip:
Low heat! The bannock will quickly burn if you put it over too hot coals. The key to good bannock is slow cooking over low coals.
Same as the skillet above, except you won’t have to flip the loaf because you will also be using hot coals on the top of the Dutch oven. It will still take 20 – 30 minutes in a 350° Dutch oven. (16 coals on top, 10 underneath)
*See how many coals to use with this Dutch oven heating chart
On a stick:
Form the dough into a long snake, approx 1/2″ thick, and spiral wrap around the stick. (as shown)
*If the dough is too thick the outside will char before the inside gets done.
Slowly rotate the stick over hot coals. *This can be cooked over a slightly hotter bed because it is being rotated, and should only take about 10 minutes to cook.
Campfire Brannock Video
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