Bannock is a classic yet simple unleavened bread which can be cooked with a campfire. It’s great to make these when out in the woods. Delicious with butter when warm, they are almost like a large scone when dried fruit is added. Use your campfire in the evenings to bake these breads, then carry them with you for lunch the following day.
Bannock is deceptively filling. We are used to bread containing a lot of air. By contrast, bannock is dense, and goes a long way further than you would think by looking at it. Below is our favourite recipe for making campfire bannock…
Bannock is a straightforward recipe with few ingredients. Here we are going to make it using only the type of Zebra billy can many bushcrafters carry with them.
The ingredients you need for this recipe are as follows:
Dried fruit (optional)
As with any baking, mix the dry ingredients before any liquids. While travelling, flour and powdered milk tends to settle, reducing in volume as air is knocked out of it. Hence, it’s worthwhile getting some air back into the dry mix first.
Bannock – How Do You Like Yours?
Please let us know if you try to method. We’d love to hear how you get on with it. Also, if you already enjoy baking bannocks, let us know in the comments below what’s your favourite addition to the basic mix or what do you like to eat with it? Do you like it savoury or sweet?…
Paul Kirtley is Founder and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog. He is the author of Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft, as well as having contributed to several other books. Paul has been involved in teaching bushcraft since 2003. He is also a Canoe Leader, British Canoeing Level 3 Canoe Coach and UK Summer Mountain Leader.