Monday, September 21, 2009


I went on a backpacking trip this weekend and made bannock for the first time. I got the recipie I used from Mors Kochanski's Bushcraft book. I picked this recipe out all the various ones I found in books and from on-line resources because it was the simplest I could find. The recepie is as follows:

Bannock (for 2 people)
1 cup flour
1 moderately heaping teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

That's it...

All you NEED to add to the mix is water. This can be done right in the bag you carry it in by putting a dimple in the center of the mix with a couple of fingers and then slowly add water until you get the consistency you are looking for.

The bannock is very versatile and can be prepared in a variety of different ways. For supper on my backpacking trip I made it into a pliable dough that can be baked by wrapping around a green stick (maple worked well) that has been striped of bark. I also mixed in some Cabela's All Purpose Seasoning before i wrapped it onto the stick. It complemented my red beans and rice very well.

The following morning for breakfast I improvised a dutch oven using two frying pan/lids from my mess kit inverted on each other. Rather than try to explain how I did that here I'll do a post w/pictures a little later. Besides the water I also added one egg and some cashews and raisins to the dough. I also made the dough a lot runnier. Once i had it all mixed together I poured the mix into the greased frying pan oven and baked it for about 20 minutes. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Can't wait to make it again soon.

Let me know if you try it, and how you tweak your recipes. I'm gonna make some soon with chocolate chips, craisins, and almonds. I'll let you know how it turns out!