Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bannock Campfire Bread

This great little campfire recipe comes from Nicole Parton’s Galley Gourmet: Great Meals From Small Spaces, a cookbook I wrote when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Using a simmer ring is optional; if your heat source has adjustable settings, you can eliminate it. 

Bannock Campfire Bread:

1-1/2 c. biscuit mix (such as Bisquick) plus extra as needed 
1/3 c. milk (see Note)
Flour, as needed
Heavy skillet or camp griddle
Heat-proof oven gloves
Wire rack for cooling

Combine biscuit mix and milk on heavy (preferably cast-iron) skillet or griddle lightly dusted with flour or with additional biscuit mix. Gather dough into a ball, kneading 10 times until smooth. Pat into 1/2-in. thick circle. Set circle of dough aside. Preheat skillet or griddle over medium heat, using a camp simmer ring, if you have it. Slip in circle or dough, allowing bottom crust to brown. Dough will rise during this time, but will remain soft in the middle. 

Flip to brown other side. Lower heat with simmer ring (optional) or by adjusting temperature of campfire cook stove. Tent skillet or griddle with foil to allow inside of dough to cook through, 10-to-15 min. Transfer to wire rack and let stand, covered, a further 2 or 3 min. Slice into 4-to-6 wedges. 

Note: If you don’t want to carry fresh milk to camp, there are a couple of easy ways to prepare it. For each cup of milk you need, shake together 1/4 c. instant skim milk powder and 1/2 c. cold water in a lidded jar until fully dissolved. Add additional water until milk reaches 1 c. level. Or ... For each cup of milk required, shake together 1/2 c. canned evaporated milk with 1/2 c. cold water in a lidded jar.

Take one far-away campsite ...

Add two young campers, eager to cook ...

And measure out the ingredients for Bannock Bread

Combine, flattening the ball of dough that results.

Working in a floured skillet, knead Bannock dough 10 times. 

Over medium heat, let Bannock brown on the bottom.

 Note that its shape doesnt have to be perfect!

(A watched skillet never burns!)

Flip the dough once ...

And tent it with foil, so the soft-in-the-middle* part cooks. 

Fry a little bacon and a few eggs, add Bannock and ...

There’s your hearty breakfast!

Time to relax after all that hard work!

Then off to the woods to explore!

*A little music while we cook the soft-in-the-middle part? 

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