Anyone hungry? Some great tasting Bannock recipes for when you’re on the trail and want fresh bread

Paul Pinkerton

Hoodoo’s recipes

There was a period in my life where I lived out of a pack for months at a time, and this was one of my staples.


I do use baking powder in mine though.


Here is the recipe I use:

6 cups of flower
1 cup dry milk
1 t salt
1 cup shortening
1/4 c baking powder

Mix well and store.

To cook, I mix 2 cups of mix with 1/3 cup of water. For pancakes I add an egg and 1 1/2 cups of water (and fresh-picked blueberries).

I like to coil it like a rope on a stick and bake it over hot coals. I also like to add raisins to the mix, and serve it with honey and clarified butter. Good stuff eh?

Try this: thread a piece of smoked sausage on a stick and cook it over the fire until juicy brown. Now wrap it in a rope of bannock and bake over the fire until golden. Serve with mustard if you have it. Hmmmmm, I’m gettin’ hungry.
Match’s recipes


2 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Water

Just mix it all together until it forms a dough. This can be cooked in any number of ways (wrapping round stick as described above, cooked on a flat surface (pan/skillet/hearthstone) or fried.

If you want a slightly nicer dough (more bread-like) then use the following:

3 cups flour (can use self-raising)
1/2 cup dried milk powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup water or beer

This works better if cooked on a skillet/stone, as it tends to rise a bit and fall off sticks as it swells. Alternatively, this can be used to make damper – which is basically a camp fire bread – get a mess tin with a lid, put the dough in it and bury in the hot coals of a fire until the bread is cooked.


Gerd’s recipe

Another simple recipe for a bannock type of bread would be:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
50-gram butter / margarine
.8 cups water


Herbs / spices, whole corn, etc can be mixed into this, if you want to. The above is just the basic mix.
Mix all dry ingredients including the butter / margarine and store in plastic bags or containers. Mix water without kneading dough too much when you are going to bake. Divide into “just about right sizes” and bake on the pan in your Trangia set (or whatever type of stove / cooking set you use). Take only about 15 min to mix and bake.


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jack-beckett is one of the authors writing for Outdoor Revival