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Nothing satisfies the soul as much as food prepared on a campfire. And it's easier than you might think!

Ash Cakes On The Coals

Out of bread? No oven to cook in? The coals of your camp fire can bake up some tasty bread--

A favorite fire-friendly treats is the Ash Cake.
They are easy to make, fun to prepare, a great family-friendly activity, and can be made from almost any flour. Plus, they're delicious! Here is how we make these tasty Ash Cakes…

Build up a medium-size camp fire, and then let it die down into ashes and coals. Better yet, take advantage of the drying coals from a fire you used for another purpose.

When your coals are ash covered, but still very hot, pour 1/3 cup of the pancake mix into a container (or a clean hand). Start adding water, one spoonful at a time, and stirring the mix around with a stick or a clean finger, until the mix forms a ball of dough. You're looking for a soft bread dough texture, a little softer than Playdough. If it's too sticky, add more dry mix. You'll know you have the right consistency if you can pat it into a ¼-inch thick pancake. Sprinkle some of the dry mix on your hands before patting the bread flat, to avoid gluing your hands together.

Next, toss the flat cake into the bed of coals and watch it closely as it starts to fluff up. You'll cook it about one or two minutes on one side, depending on the heat of the coals. When it becomes rigid (like a flat biscuit), and the bottom edge begins to brown, use a stick to flip the cake over and cook it for 30 to 60 more seconds.

Here is a favorite Ash Cake recipe.
Easy to make with ingredients on hand, this is a delicous and healthy version of this fire-side treat.

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal muffin mix
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 2 Tbsp water
  1. In a small bowl, combine together the buckwheat flour and cornmeal muffin mix.
  2. Add the chopped walnuts into the dry mixture.
  3. Slowly, add a small amount of the water and begin combining the dry mixture into the water.
  4. When the mixture is just beginning to stick together, add the berries.
  5. Continue adding water, small amounts at a time, until the mixture doesn't stick to your fingers.
  6. If you add too much water, add more buckwheat flour into the mixture until the proper consistency is reached.
  7. Separate into four pieces and roll each piece into a small, golf ball-sized ball.
  8. Pat them down into tortilla-like patties, about a quarter-inch thick.
  9. Place the patties carefully on the white ash, turning after 3-4 minutes to cook the other side.
  10. Carefully remove the patties once both sides are done, brush off any excess ash.
  11. Top with butter, honey, maple syrup, crushed fruit, powdered sugar, or you favorite sweet topping, and Enjoy!