We know we’ve said it before, but there’s something truly magical about cooking over a fire and bonfire night is a great time to indulge in this! The crackling flames, the smoky aroma, and the sense of camaraderie that comes with gathering around the fire make for unforgettable outdoor experiences.
One classic, party-pleasing, open-fire recipe is “Campfire Bread on a Stick.” This simple, yet delightful, treat is not only easy to make but also a fun activity that adds a touch of rustic charm to outdoor escapades. In this blog, we’ll take you through the steps to master the art of cooking campfire bread on a stick.
– 1 cup plain flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, for sweeter bread)
– 1/3 cup water
– Wooden skewers or long, clean, sturdy sticks (you can cover the cooking end in tin foil if needed)
– Cooking oil or non-stick spray
– Mixing bowl
– A surface to knead on – if you’re away from home a camp table or tray works well
– Campfire or open flame – fire pits work great!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you embark on your campfire bread-making adventure, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and equipment ready. Check your fire is set up away from any hazards or flammable items to ensure you have a safe and controlled setup.
Step 2: Prepare the Dough
In a mixing bowl, combine the plain flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar (if using). Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly. Gradually add the water while stirring the mixture. Continue to mix until the dough comes together. You may need to adjust the amount of water slightly, so add it in small increments until you achieve a firm yet pliable dough.
Step 3: Knead the Dough
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Kneading helps activate the gluten in the flour, resulting in a better-textured bread.
Step 4: Shape the Bread
Divide the dough into small portions, roughly the size of a golf ball. Roll each portion into a long, snake-like shape, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Take your skewer or stick and wrap the dough around it, forming a spiral shape. Ensure that the dough is secure on the stick, leaving some space at the ends for handling.
Top Tip: If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes before cooking to prevent them from burning.
Step 5: Cook Over the Campfire
Now, it’s time to bring out the magic of the campfire. Make sure you have a bed of hot coals and a stable cooking area.
Hold your bread-on-a-stick over the campfire, rotating it gently to ensure even cooking. It should take about 5-10 minutes to cook the bread. You might need gloves! The dough will turn golden brown and crisp up as it bakes.
Step 6: Enjoy!
Once your campfire bread on a stick is beautifully browned and cooked through, carefully remove it from the fire. Allow it to cool for a minute or two before indulging in this delicious treat.
Campfire bread on a stick can be enjoyed on its own, with a drizzle of honey, or as a great accompaniment to a stew or chilli!