Camping Cuisine: Bannock

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One of our must-make foods when camping is bannock. Bannock is camp bread, and it is both ridiculously easy to make and really, really yummy.

Here’s a little background from Let’s Get Primitive: The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping:

Bannock is as beloved among campers as jerky. It’s easy, quick, hot, and good. It’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. It’s camp comfort food. First noted in Scotland and also a Native American staple, it’s a multicultural, antique recipe for simple unleavened biscuits.

One of the amazing things about bannock is that you can prepare it in any number of ways. Fry it, toast it, bake it, even make dumplings. It’s great! We’ve tried both frying it and baking it. In our opinion, fried is best – hands down.

Basic Bannock (Serves 1-2 people)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • water
  • oil

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a plastic bag (like a Ziploc bag). This is your basic mix. When you’re ready to cook, slowly add water to the mix – about 1/2 cup should do it. Squeeze and knead the bag as you go, and stop adding water once you have a firm, sticky dough. Add too much water, and you’ll wind up with wet mush – not good.

To fry your bannock, drop spoonfuls of the dough into hot oil and fry until golden brown.

To toast it, wrap the dough around a stick and roast it over the fire.

To bake it, place hunks of dough into an oiled, covered pot, pan, or skillet.

To make dumplings, drop bits into boiling water.

Bannock is that easy, but it doesn’t stop there. You can create your own versions of bannock by building upon this basic recipe. Experiment by adding powdered milk, grated cheese, oats, dried fruit, or even vegetables. You also can’t go wrong with adding herbs or spices.

I created a breakfast version of bannock by adding cinnamon to the mix, frying the dough, and then sprinkling the finished pieces with cinnamon sugar. It’s like a camp doughnut. Along with bacon, it’s the breakfast of camping champions 😉 .

For a given camping trip, I will prepare as many bags of the mix as we will need for the trip before leaving home. For example, I prepared two bags of the basic mix and three bags of the breakfast mix for our recent Peninsula trip. All we have to do on site is add water, fry, and enjoy.

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