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Campfire Bannocks

Bannock twists are fun and easy to cook over the campfire. They’re great as an after-school snack, or add a pan of soup and that’s dinner sorted! Despite being a terrible cook and disastrous with any sort of baking, I actually managed to master the art of bannock making – testimony to just how simple it is….

campfire breads
campfire cooking

What is a bannock twist?

Put simply, bannocks are campfire bread. The ‘twist’ element is that the dough is rolled out and twisted around a stick. The bannock can then be cooked by toasting it over the fire… just like a marshmallow. They need very few ingredients and are easy to make… that’s my kind of cooking

Making a campfire

To cook bannocks you’ll need a campfire. I’d recommend using a fire pit, BBQ, or a metal pan (dustbin lid, hubcap or even an old wok). To avoid scorching the ground, put the pan on rock or wooden legs. If you have permission to make a fire on the ground, clear away any leaf litter, turf, or anything that could risk spreading the fire. We make a stone circle to contain our fire.

There’s a great article here by the Ordnance Survey about lighting a safe outdoor fire

lighting a fire with flint and steel
Lighting a fire using a flint and steel

Bannock Ingredients

  • 2 cups of plain flour (literally cups, I used 2 x mugs. Roughly 250g)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • About 175 ml water (preferably warm)
  • Ours were extra fancy as we added some wild herbs (garlic, chervil and garlic mustard) but this isn’t a necessity….

Kit List

  • Ingredients as above
  • Mixing bowl
  • Flat, clean surface such as a chopping board
  • Whittling knife for the bannock sticks
campfire cooking
bannocks: a big hit!


  • Light your campfire
  • Find your bannock sticks – this should be a green stick of non-toxic wood, such as birch. As a rough guide, the stick should be about thumb width. If possible, shave off the bark using a knife.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Slowly make a dough by adding the water little by little until you have a smooth, fairly dry dough. Warm water is best but cold water will work too.
    You may not need all the water. After much umming and ahhing, I took a guess at having the right consistency and it seemed to work so don’t worry too much.
  • Add the herbs if using
  • Knead the dough a little, just to bring it together.
  • Divide the dough into 4 and then roll each out into a sausage shape – about thumb thickness.
  • Twist the dough like a spiral around the stick
making bannock twists

Cooking bannock breads

  • Either hold your bannock over the campfire to cook, or skewer it into the ground, tilting the bannock over the fire so you’re hands-free cooking!
  • Rotate the stick as necessary to cook the dough evenly.
  • Serve with butter and jam, chocolate spread or with soup if this is a campfire supper! We had ours with a campfire wild garlic and nettle soup….

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