W D's Bannock  Bread Of The Trail Recipe

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W D's Bannock Bread of the Trail

deb baldwin


Another recipe from Will Dodge..
Campfire cooking

When I served honorably and proudly in the Boy Scouts of America, during WWll we mixed this up in a paper bag and toted it in our ruck sacks when out camping and cooked it over a fire (coals) on a stick. a "dough god" is bread dough wrapped around a stick and cooked on a "spit", that is a stick over the coals. Cast iron dutch ovens were too heavy to pack around in a ruck sack.
Of course we didn't have dry milk in those days so we packed canned milk and diluted it with water from our canteens. One can mix this in a paper bag with the water/milk mixture. you don't need a bowl. just don't put too much water/milk mixture in the bag, if you do it right, you have a ball of very sticky dough in the bottom of the paper bag that will adhere to the spit/stick. Fold the sides of the sack down before you start the mixing process.

When I say I served honorably and proudly, as Boy Scouts we volunteered for the Civilian Defense Corp as airplane spotters. And I'm proud to report that not one enemy aircraft got beyond Dorena, Oregon on my watch....

Sweet Bannock:

Same recipe as bannock only add 1/4 cup sugar and a hand full of raisons....

pinch tips: How to Knead Dough




1 "dough god"




1 c
1 tsp
baking soda
1 Tbsp
dry milk
1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
cooking oil
1/4 c
to 1/2 cup water, enough to make a soft dough

Directions Step-By-Step

Sift together dry ingredients.
Blend in oil with dough blender or a couple of forks.
(a dough blender is the little gadget one uses to "cream" shortning into flour as in making pie crust) or one can use forks. A dough blender is a lot easier.

Add water and stir to make dough.
Place dough in a dutch oven. Place on coals and watch it carefully or bannock might burn.

Unless one really wants a dough god out on the trail the better baking method is in a well greased cast iron skillet in a 350 degree oven.

Another cooking method: wrap dough around green willow stick and cook over coals turning often to make a "dough god".
Um...maybe we aught to make it clear that the wet ingredients go in just before the baking process not when one is putting the dry ingredients together at home.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American