My boys love it when we cook over a bonfire. There is just something extra fun about cooking food and then enjoying it outdoors. It’s something different and out of the ordinary, plus we can enjoy it together while sitting around a crackling fire. Read on for an easy Campfire Cooking Cinnamon Breadsticks Recipe for Camping and Backyard Bonfires. Super fun for the fall or summer evenings!
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There is something special about cooking outside. Maybe it’s because it’s something different to do or because it can only be done for part of the year in our area (Minnesota winters, brrr), or perhaps it’s just because we spend time together making the food and then eating it near a toasty fire. Making a recipe over the campfire delivers the perfect family time when camping or even when just in the backyard over a bonfire.
This recipe began with our family making bannock bread while camping. Bannock bread has been a long time tradition for people when cooking food outside over an open fire or in a pan over a bonfire. We’ve made several versions of bannock bread, this campfire cooking cinnamon breadsticks recipe, based on the idea of bannock bread, is one of my faves! My whole family loves it too:)
These breadsticks are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or as a dessert. I’ve even enjoyed one the next morning with coffee;)
What is Needed for Campfire Cooking when Making Bread?
The ingredients and supplies are simple and easy to find (in the U.S.). I hope you are able to find these ingredients easily in your own country as well.
Ingredients for Campfire Cooking Cinnamon Breadsticks
You will need these ingredients:
- white flour
- instant dry milk
- baking powder
- melted butter (melt the butter in a pan over the fire or in a homemade pan made from tin foil and set on the campfire grate)
- cinnamon sugar (prepared or make it yourself by combining cinnamon and sugar together)
Camping Tip: Pour all the dry ingredients already measured into a sealed bag. Add water and melted butter just prior to cooking the bread over the campfire and stir well. Kneading the dough helps too. Add more flour as needed. The dough is ready when it is a ball and doesn’t stick to your hands when handled.
The Supplies Needed for this Campfire Cooking Bread
- large bowl
- small bowl for melted butter (for dipping)
- large spoon to stir
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- roasting sticks, I like the double-pronged metal roasting sticks for this campfire cooking
For the campfire cooking, it works well to roast the bread over wood logs that have become white, so let the fire go until the wood turns to white coals prior to cooking the bread for best results.
How to do Campfire Cooking: The Breadstick Dough
First I stir the ingredients all together with a large spoon (dry first, then wet). Next, I always knead the dough with my hands forming it into a dough ball. I can tell when it is ready because it doesn’t stick to my hands.
Take a small amount of dough and pull and roll it out into a long strand. Wrap it around the roasting stick moving towards the end of the roasting stick. It works best if the roasting stick is already hot, though this isn’t necessary (it just helps with cooking the inside of the dough to prevent doughiness in the center). Flatten the dough with your fingers along the roasting stick as much as possible.
If the dough is falling off your sticks, add more flour to the dough and knead. The dough should be thick enough so that it will not fall off while cooking it. Also, it is the right consistency when it does not stick to your hands (which is perfect for when camping).
Best Ways to Cook the Bread:
The best way to roast the bread is to lay the dough-coated roasting stick alongside a white coal log evenly parallel, though not touching, with it to get even and thorough cooking. The breadstick must be watched and rotated to get it golden on all sides. Be sure to turn it to prevent burning. It’s best to keep it out of the flames because this cooks the outside of the breadstick too quickly leaving the inside doughy. White coals are best.
Another way to cook the bread is to start by cooking the lower part of the breadstick first by laying the roasting stick over a white coal log with the tip away from a heat source. I like to cook it this way if there isn’t a good spot to cook the whole breadstick at once due to the log configuration. Then after the dough closest to my hand is cooked, it is easier to cook the tip without burning it. If you cook the tip first it often gets too done and burns. If this happens, just break the burnt end off or peel off the burnt crust, it is usually perfect underneath.
When the outside appears evenly golden, simply slide the breadstick off the prongs. Dip the breadstick in melted butter and enjoy;)
Tips for Campfire Cooking of Breadsticks:
Practice makes perfect when learning to roast breadsticks over a campfire. If it gets cooked too fast, only the outside gets done and the inside remains doughy. Patience and a slower cooking time will work the best, plus this gives the breadstick cooker (often me!) time to enjoy the ambiance of the bonfire. Always be assessing and rotating the breadstick to ensure it doesn’t burn.
I hope you enjoy this yummy camping cooking recipe for cinnamon breadsticks!
Try other ideas by substituting out the cinnamon sugar with other ingredients such as:
- fresh fruit (like blueberries)
- garlic salt with Parmesan cheese (reduce or omit salt from the recipe if using garlic salt, or use garlic powder)
- pureed banana (add hazelnut spread for even more flavor)
Another idea is to roll the breadsticks in melted butter and then sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar over the breadsticks. Yum!
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Campfire Cooking Cinnamon Breadsticks Recipe for Camping and Backyard Bonfires
- 5 cups white flour
- 4 Tbsp instant dry milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 12 Tbsp butter, melted divided: 3 Tbsp. for bread, 9 Tbsp. for dipping
- 1/2 cup cinamon sugar or mix your own cinnamon and sugar together
- 1 2/3 cup water add extra if needed
- Combine all dry ingredients together in a bowl: 5 c. white flour, 4 Tbsp. instant dry milk, 1 tsp. salt, 2 Tsp. baking powder, 1/2 c. cinnamon sugar. Stir well.
- Add 1 2/3 cup water and 3 Tbsp. melted butter. Stir well. Knead until forms a dough ball. Add extra water or flour as needed to achieve the right consistency where the dough doesn't stick to fingers and does not fall off the roasting sticks. Grab a small dough ball and stretch out the dough into a long strand. Next, wrap it around the roasting stick starting low and wrapping towards tips.
- Flatten dough as much as possible with your fingers.
- Cook bread, rotating, until golden on all sides. Cook over white coals rather than flame for the best results. Dip cooked breadstick in melted butter to enjoy.
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