Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (2024)

by Lowell Strauss 7 Comments

Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (1)Most things just taste better cooked over an open fire or that perfect bed of coals – Bannock is one of them. I have fond childhood memories of mixing bannock in a camp cook-set pot until it was the perfect consistency, then carefully winding it around an appropriate stick, and finally buttering and eating it. I suspect that more often than not it was still raw in the center, but after a day in the glorious outdoors that didn’t seem to matter.

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Bannock Recipe

This Bannock recipe is simple and the results are tasty as either a savory or sweet campfire bread. It can be wrapped around a stick or fried in a cast iron pan. We used the recipe to make a ‘pocket dog’ using homemade venison sausage as the meat. The meal was finished off with peanut butter and jelly in piping hot bannock.


Makes 5-6 large stick-bannocks

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups water


Mix all of the ingredients together. Add approximately 1 cup of water first and slowly add the remainder until it is just firm enough to form on a stick. The bannock batter can be less firm if cooking in a frying pan.Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (3)


Stick Method – Spoon up a mid-sized handful of batter. Use lots of flour to keep from sticking to hands while patting it flat and shaping it onto stick. Make sure the edges are well incorporated into each other, or they will separate while baking. Cook 7-10 min over coals until golden brown. Rotate continually to encourage even baking and prevent burning.

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Cast Iron Frying Pan Method – put a few heaping tablespoonfuls of batter in greased frying pan (similar to making a pancake). After it has cooked for a few minutes lift the edge with a flipper to ensure it is not burning. Turn when bottom is golden. Remove from heat once both sides are cooked to your liking.

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  1. Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (9)Judy Porter says

    We have been making bread on a stick for several years, but never knew about your recipe. We used refrigerator buttermilk biscuits in a can. After roasting the bread we put in butter, cinnamon, & cream cheese frosting. Best homemade cinnamon roll!


  2. Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (10)Dave says

    So we’re at our local farmer’s market today (Aug. 5, 2018) and come across bannock reminding my fiancé of her childhood. Knowing how I love to cook she asks me if I would make it for her. No problem, I said, not knowing what I’m getting into I jumped on the google machine and came across your recipe for campfire baked on a stick bannock pocket dog bun.
    Being avid campers I thought this IS the perfect idea!
    You asked what we would fill it with and immediately two thoughts leaped out: shepherd’s pie and I am working on a Yak meatloaf recipe…


    • Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (11)Lowell Strauss says

      Yak! Now that’s different…I’ve never tried that protein before!


  3. Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (12)Art Thomas says

    Hello Lowell, Your bannock recipe is accurate, as I learned about 55 years ago. I enjoy it with jam and/or peanut butter, etc.
    At that time, we were told to pass around a sealer jar of milk to shake and shake and shake; then pass to the next person to shake, etc… until the milk turned to butter. Apparently, this was the original way to make butter for bannock, and was done after the evening milking of your cow(s.)
    I did this procedure once only, as my parents had an ice box, so we had butter ready to go.


  4. Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (13)patty says

    my favorite filling when I made them was jam (strawberry) or have it on weiners


    • Bannock Recipe for the Campfire (14)Lowell says

      Thanks for sharing your favorites Patty. It’s a versatile food – sweet or savory. Delicious anyway you serve it!



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What are the three ways that bannock can be prepared? ›

Bannock can be baked in a pan or on a stone (camping), shallow pan-fried, or deep-fried. You can enjoy it with stews or just jam and butter.

Why is my bannock tough? ›

Don't KNEAD the bread. If you beat up the dough too much the bannock will be tough.

What does bannock taste like? ›

Classic bannock has a smoky, almost nutty flavour blended with a buttery taste, while dessert bannock can have flavours resembling a donut or shortbread.

Why was bannock a fulfilling meal for explorers? ›

It is a simple bread, but quick to make and useful for travelling and while in the wilderness. It's a source of carbohydrates, and a fulfilling meal, which was a staple for wilderness explorers, trappers, and prospectors. Camping enthusiasts still make it, old-fashioned style, while traipsing around the wild.

What is traditional bannock? ›

Bannock is usually unleavened, oval-shaped and flat. The version that we know today came from Scotland. In its most rudimentary form, it is made of flour, water, and fat or lard. Milk, salt, and sugar are often added, depending on the recipe.

What is Native American bannock? ›

Bannock, a round of mostly flour, baking powder, water and some sort of fat, has been a part of Indigenous peoples' diets since the 18th century. It is believed that bannock, derived from the Gaelic word bannach, was introduced here by the Scottish fur traders.

Why is my bannock dough sticky? ›

Your dough can become sticky when you add too much water or the flour isn't suitable for the type of dough you are making. Over proofing or fermenting the dough can also result in the gluten structure weakening causing sticky dough.

Why is bannock good? ›

bannock is the best thing since sliced bread… because it's sliced bread but waaay better. For those who aren't in the know, fry bread and bannock are traditional Indigenous breads that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. And let me tell you, they're like a warm hug for your taste buds.

How do you make hard dough softer? ›

If your dough is slightly hard and not dry, you can try to soften it by kneading the dough between your fingers or rolling it between your hands (clean of course, to avoid mixing dust or dirt with the dough).

What is a dumb bannock? ›

Samhain Bannock could also be called “Dumb Bannock”, and were used to predict who would get married in the upcoming year. In this tradition, you would bake it one hour before midnight on Hallowe'en.

What is a fun fact about bannock? ›

In Scotland, before the 19th century, bannocks were cooked on a bannock stane (Scots for stone), a large, flat, rounded piece of sandstone, placed directly onto a fire, used as a cooking surface. Most modern bannocks are made with baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent, giving them a light and airy texture.

What ethnicity is bannock? ›

The Bannock tribe (Northern Paiute: Pannakwatɨ) were originally Northern Paiute but are more culturally affiliated with the Northern Shoshone. They are in the Great Basin classification of Indigenous People. Their traditional lands include northern Nevada, southeastern Oregon, southern Idaho, and western Wyoming.

Do Scots still eat bannocks? ›

And what better way to enjoy a 'fly cup' than with a tasty bannock! There are almost as many different bannocks as there are regions in Scotland. In Aberdeenshire a bannock is a hearty pancake usually served with butter and jam, whereas in Angus it refers to an oatcake, and in the Borders it's more like a fruit loaf.

What are the 5 white gifts? ›

Five White Lies – flour, sugar, salt, dairy, and lard – were “gifted” to Indigenous peoples. The government created the reservation system and forcibly relocated Indigenous peoples to smaller plots of less-resourceful and desirable land.

What do you eat bannock with? ›

Bannock is a main staple of many Indigenous communities in Canada. It's a simple bread that can be cooked in a pan, in the oven or over a fire. Top with butter, nut butter, jam or you can even melt a cube of cheese inside the dough.

What are the 3 basic methods of mixing bread dough? ›

There are three mixing methods used for yeast doughs: the straight dough method, the modified straight dough method, and the sponge method.

What are the 3 mixing methods for a yeast bread? ›

There are three different methods for mixing the ingredients for yeast breads: The Straight Dough Method, The Modified Straight Dough Method, and The Sponge Method. The straight dough method is the easiest of all of the bread mixing methods.

What are the three methods used to prepare quick bread mixture? ›

Three common mixing methods are the muffin mixing method, the creaming method and the biscuit mixing method. The muffin method suits muffins, loaf breads, pancakes, and waffles. Biscuits and scones benefit from the biscuit method, while the creaming method offers an alternative for muffins and certain bread types.

What are the three main mixing methods for yeast doughs What are the steps in each? ›

  1. Mixing Methods. for. ...
  2. Straight Dough Method. Soften the yeast in warm water. ...
  3. Fast Mixing Method. Mix the yeast with some of the flour and all of the other dry ingredients. ...
  4. Sponge Method. Mix the liquid, sugar, yeast, and part of the flour together. ...
  5. Batter Method. ...
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