Day Out The Fallen Oak (Pt6) - The Bushcraft Bakeoff

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Tank

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Hi all.

I have been back to work for a week now after having some time off so visits to the Fallen Oak camp has slowed.

Whilst away I had some homework to keep myself occupied, the last visit I left with a sizable chunk of oak as I thought I would attempt to turn it into a coffee table to go with my sitting spot.

Homework
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During the week I purchased a frying pan to extend my cooking abilities in the woods, previous post have seen different methods of cooking on or over the fire with out the use of any for of cooking equipment. Saturday breakfast in the woods felt like a good way to christen the new frying pan.

After what seemed like 24 hours of rain on Friday I headed to the woods first thing Saturday morning.

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Everything was soaking, so I knew there was no scrimping on fire prep

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Rule one of a fire, once its going get the water on for a brew.

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Now I had a perfect reason to test out the coffee table, which worked flawlessly if I have to say so myself.

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First Coffee consumed now attention was directed at breakfast, the pancake recipe I use is from paul kirtley blog article - How to cook pancakes on a campfire.

One egg per person.
One handful of plain flour per person.
Enough milk to create a mix which is the consistency of single cream.

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Break and mix in eggs ( don't try cracking the eggs on the side of the collapsible bowl like i did)
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Slowly pour in milk and mix.
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Leaving it to sit for a bit I cooked some bacon and when cooked kept it warm in the billy next to the fire.

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Slow steady heat from the coals to cook the pancakes (more double cream thickness than single cream as I wanted slightly thicker pancakes)

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Putting it all together with the addition of some maple syrup, a meal fit for a king.

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Tbc

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Tank

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Some of you may have noticed a bannock also cooking in the background shots.

Again this was expedition style cooking using hand measurements.

A basic bannock mix of 3.2.1
3 handfuls of flour
2 handfuls of powdered milk
1 tbls or rather some in hand of baking powder

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Bring mixture together

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Mold into a zebra billy can insert and cook vertically against a log near the fire.

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Another spot of baking I wanted to try was a cake in a mug, this was a simple packet pix (a one minute microwave packet)

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Checking if it was cooked with the knife. Didn't come out clean so not ready.

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Ready

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Happy days

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Time to go and fire site cleaned up

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Woody110

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Again this was expedition style cooking using hand measurements.

A basic bannock mix of 3.2.1
3 handfuls of flour
2 handfuls of powdered milk
1 tbls or rather some in hand of baking powder

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Do you need to add oil of some sort.
I made some years back, and never got round to making more.

And thanks for the instructions
 

Tank

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Do you need to add oil of some sort.
I made some years back, and never got round to making more.

And thanks for the instructions

I dont use any oil, but some times add melted butter, but i guess everyone will have a slightly different way to get a basic bannock.

ATB Tim
 

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I generally don't use oil either but if i have some i will often use it - just to add some extra interest.
 

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A while ago i tried making the most basic ash cake.
no mixing bowl or rolling pin etc.
ingredients:
flour
water
(a pinch of salt helps but is not needed)

I used my plate as a mixing bowl just to bring the 2 ingredients together into a stiff bread dough mix.
pinch a golf ball size piece off.
pinch between finger and thumb to flatten into a disc - as thin as you can. i only managed about 4mm but 2 mm would be better.
put on the white embers of a fire for a minute or 2 and flip over when one side is done.
surprisingly tasty.

If you have some more tools (it's easy to improvise a rolling pin if needed and you can use the under side of the plate as a board) it's easy to roll out to 2mm thick and then it makes a very nice fresh wrap or dip into maple syrup.
Raisins and other fruit work well in the mix too.
However, do not put sugar in the mix as it burns on the fire!
 

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