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….
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
- 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….
- Ingredients as above
- Mixing bowl
- Flat, clean surface such as a chopping board
- Whittling knife for the bannock sticks
- 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
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….