3 Ways To Cook Bannock

Have you heard of bannock? This is primarily known as the traditional camping bread. All you need to make it is flour, baking powder, some milk, and vegetable oil. A good starting point is six cups flour, six tablespoons baking powder, three and a half cups milk, and a quarter cup of vegetable oil. Essentially, you just need to mix these together into a dough. But then what? How do you cook bannock?

There are actually three major ways you can cook this basic camping bread. Here are the details on each:


For this method, start by preheating your oven to approximately 400 degrees. Spray a loaf pan or casserole dish and place the bannock dough in it. Once your oven is preheated, you can slide the dough and pan into the oven. Let it bake until golden—this should take about 30 minutes, but can shift based on the oven you are using.


Want to make use of your barbeque? This is yet another way to cook bannock well. Similar to your oven, you want to have your grill at about 400 degrees. However, you won’t put the dough directly on the grill. Instead, oil a cast iron skillet well, place the dough in that, and then place it on the grill. The cooking process will take about 202 to 25 minutes. If you want to have a crust all around your bannock, be sure to turn it over and cook for a couple more minutes at the end.


Of course if you are camping, there really is only one way to cook bannock: over a campfire! You can do this in a few ways: in a pan over the flame or speared onto a stick or metal rod with a handle (such as something you might use to roast marshmallows). Heat the stick without the dough first (remove bark if you are using a stick) but do not allow it to burn. Slice off a piece of the dough and wrap it around your stick before holding it over the fire as you would when roasting marshmallows. Cook until golden brown on the outside—this should take roughly ten minutes, but will vary based on your campfire.