Going camping with friends is one of the most exciting outdoor activities you can do. Nature offers a sense of peace and freedom that’s hard to find in a bustling town or crowded city.
Although camping is exciting, it’s definitely the type of experience you need to prepare for beforehand. The great outdoors obviously doesn’t offer the amenities that make life easy, and one of the most important things to think about before you venture into the wilderness is what you’re going to eat during your stay.
Most people stick to the basic hamburger-and-hot-dog diet while they camp; it’s easy and filling. But did you know that you can actually bake a tasty loaf of bread with the same amount of effort? You might think that baking while camping would be too complicated, but if you follow these simple instructions for bannock bread, you’ll have a fresh loaf in no time at all!
One of the best outdoor activities you can do with friends is go camping. The serenity of nature offers a much-needed break from your bustling life. However, nature doesn’t offer the amenities our modern world does, so you need to thoroughly prepare before you venture into the wilderness.
One of the biggest concerns while camping is making sure you have enough food. Unless you plan on hunting small animals (and you probably don’t), it’s always important to stock up. Most people stick with hamburgers and hot dogs because they’re easy to make. But did you know that there’s a delicious treat that tastes amazing—and requires the same amount of effort as burgers and franks?
It’s called bannock bread, and it’s super easy to make. In order to bake it, you’ll need a few simple ingredients: three cups of flour, two cups of powdered milk, one cup of raisins, two tablespoons of sugar, one tablespoon of baking soda, and a small glass of warm water.
The first thing you’ll want to do is combine all of the dry ingredients above (that means everything except for the warm water) and thoroughly mix them so they’re evenly distributed. Pro tip: try mixing all the dry ingredients before you go camping, and simply seal the dry mix in a plastic bag to bring with you.
Next, slowly add the warm water to the dry mix and begin to knead it. Keep kneading until the dough comes together for a nice bread consistency. Then, roll your dough into a ball, and place it into either a grease-proof, parchment paper-lined baking tin or baked bean can.
Now it’s time for the actual baking! If you happen to own a portable fan-oven, have it preheated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the dough mixture into the oven and cook for 55 to 70 minutes. It should be a golden brown color when it’s done.
If you’re using a baked bean can, you can place the can on top of some hot stones in a fire pit, cover the lid with tin foil, and then place additional stones and embers on the can. Check the can frequently to avoid burning.
Now, taking care to protect your hands just as you would whenever you’re working with hot food or metal, you can remove your bread from either the fan-oven or the can in fire pit. The raisins will add small bursts of sweetness, and the bread itself will be warm and soft. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your hamburgers and hot dogs!
If you don’t want to cook your bread in a tin, or you don’t have one available, you can wrap the dough around sticks (just makes sure you clean them well), and roast them over a fire to make twister sticks; all of your friends will want one!
You’ll be the life of the camping trip after baking a tasty loaf of bannock bread for everyone to enjoy. It’s cheap, easy, and it helps to prevent having to constantly eat the same couple of foods the entire time you’re camping.
The next time you go camping, make sure you buy the ingredients for bannock bread. It’s sure to be a crowdpleaser!
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