Campfire bread on a stick
Freshly baked bread smells even better on a campfire! Here’s a quick unleavened (non yeast) recipe to try.
Age Range: 6+
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: * what's new * food outdoors
This quick campfire bread recipe is great if you don’t have time to prepare the yeast to make a full bread dough. The ingredients are easy to source and it is very quick to prepare.
Other campfire breads worth investigating are:
Bannock bread – originates from Scotland/Ireland and northern England. Traditionally made with oatmeal dough and cooked on a bannock stone (flat piece of sandstone) that was placed in the fire.
Damper bread – traditionally eaten in Australia by stockmen/travellers and cooked in the ashes of the fire or in a camp oven.
Consider the environmental impact of preparing for, carrying out & ending the activity. Could this impact be reduced? A few considerations specific to this activity are:
- sourcing of fire wood
- sourcing green wood for toasting sticks
Health & safety considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments. A few considerations particular to this activity are:
- fire safety – see our fire safety guide
- hot food – risk of burning mouth
- food allergies/intolerances
Build a fire and let it die down to embers (see building a cooking fire).
You will need
- a greenwood stick to wrap the dough around – tubes such as bamboo or a metal tube on the end of a wooden stick allow the bread to bake from the inside out
- hand washing facilities
- tubs for transporting the ingredients – screw top beakers are great for this
- bowls for mixing
Makes approximately 10-15 small (thin sticks) or 5-10 large (thicker sticks)
- 300g (2 cups) self raising flour
- 240ml (1 cup) milk (or enough to bind into dough)
- ½ tsp salt
- 75g (2 tbsp) butter (optional)
- 1-2 tsp sugar (optional)
- flavourings of your choice – herbs, spices, cheese etc (optional)
Special dietary needs
Gluten free – try a mix of 3/4 rice and 1/4 gram flour or other gluten free flour (you might need to experiment a bit and use a binder such as egg)
Dairy free – substitute butter for plant based oil and use water instead of milk
Step 1 – make the mix
Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
If using butter – rub into the flour mix until it resembles a fine crumble.
Step 2 – add flavourings
Add any additional ingredients – here are a few ideas: oregano, rosemary, thyme, toasted garlic, cajun spice, garlic powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, a handful of cheese.
Step 3 – add wet ingredients
Add the liquid a little at a time and stir the mixture. Eventually it will form a soft, slightly sticky dough.
Knead the dough for a short time in the bowl (if it is too sticky add a bit more flour).
The final consistency should be slightly softer than playdough.
Step 4 – wrap your stick
Tear off golf ball-sized pieces and roll into a sausage.
Squidge these onto a stick, wrapping the top back around onto itself to make it hold firm. Then twist the dough down the stick and wrap at the bottom to secure again.
Step 5 – cook
It is important that the fire has died down before starting to cook (flames will quickly blacken the outside). A medium-sized fire that has died down with plenty of hot embers is ideal.
Hold the dough over the embers (not too close) and regularly turn the stick. If you want the bread to be nicely baked then patience is required. If the dough is put too close to the heat the outside browns but the inside remains doughy.
Time taken to bake will be dependent on a number of factors such as the thickness of the dough, but allow around 15- 20 mins to bake.
Cooking can seem like a long time to wait for some children/groups and often they get tempted to move their bread closer to the heat to speed the process up.
If you prepare a stand that can be used to hold the bread at the correct distance above the embers, then the sticks can be left and other jobs/activities can be done while they are cooking slowly (we’re using a log in the image above).
It is important that at least one person stays to keep an eye on them in case the embers flare up or die down and are not emitting enough heat. Encourage the children/group to return roughly every five minutes to turn the sticks to ensure even cooking.
Eat warm with butter or make your own wild garlic butter and dip in your campfire vegetable soup. Yum Yum!
Take it further
Using the correct sized sticks, if you slide the bread carefully off the stick you can insert a sausage.
Or, after cooking the bread, place it in some foil with some grated cheese and wrap it up and bake to melt the cheese!
Or try cooking small, flat pieces of the dough in a pan on the fire.