This post from the early days of the blog has been newly updated, because the information was not very comprehensive in the original scouting magazine, & my dad says "you have to be confident with your kit as you are with a kitchen" ..in other words you might be able to knock up a recipe in your own kitchen with everything close to hand, but beyond that environment you can make mistakes...
So we "knocked up" a basic bannock today (in the kitchen) with the oven set between 193 - 200 centrigrade (that's the fahrenheit conversion you need from granny glenda's video)
Then dad got me weighing & measuring ingredients into ziplok / clip-seal bags so we can make some outdoors too.
& will do the same over a woodgas campstove in a pan later, then, if we are not completely bannocked out, will try the stick twist just so that I have made the recipe a few times & am confident to make it anywhere!
That's why we have 3 versions on video for you.
So what is Bannock bread?
- It's a flat bread, so it doesn't rise much when cooked.
- Because it doesn't rise much it is a heavy, dense bread.
- It has a outer crust & inside the texture is a cross between dumplings & scones, so a little really fills you up.
- As it is a thick bread it is great for mopping up plates of gravy stew juices, perfect for hungry campers!
It bakes quickly, & is lovely warm, perfect for mopping up fried egg yolks, bean juice or tasty bacon fat when you really need the body to convert useful energy for a hike or cold weather conditions for instance.
Add honey, fruit, or seeds to make it either a sweet or savoury bread.
do remember to turn it whilst cooking, & knock the bread with your knuckles to hear a hollow thud sound when it is cooked! ..then tuck in!
Bannocks: Camp recipe
Jamie Ion shares this simple and quick recipe for bannocks. Backwoods cooking has never been so delicious.
Bannocks are a very simple form of bread that can be cooked on an open fire, grill or frying pan. You can create any combination you want by including fruit or nuts, but I prefer the basic bread.
- Mix 2 parts self-raising flour with 1 part powdered milk and a pinch of salt.
- Add in any filling you wish (nuts or fruit).
- Add a little water to the mix to make a soft dough.
- Create individual bannocks or one large loaf of bread.
This is why we have 3 videos, one making it over a campfire, one at home in an oven, & another making it on a stick...
Same bannock bread, slightly different technique that you can have fun experimenting with, ..if you stick to the basic recipe it will be cheap to make & fill a hungry hole in your stomach!
So, same recipe, but made simply in an oven at home! ..thankyou "gramma glenda"! ( Cree first nations tribal elder from Canada) ..she knows her stuff, so pay attention!
I hope she does some more recipes soon!
& finally, (below)
Another short video of bannock recipe "strips" wound round then cooked on sticks over campfire embers! ..don't forget to pre-heat your stick to help the doughy wrap cook on the inside as well as the outside!
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