The Best Recipes for Campfire Breadsticks

Kristin Rødland Buick
5th December 2017

A scouting classic with room for adventurous variations.Breadsticks, twists, damper bread or bush bread, whatever you want to call them, they make for a fun and simple micro adventure.

They are a classic which kids who come on school residentials with TYF love to make and eat.It is an easy activity which demands very little preparations and could be done wherever building a fire is permitted. A perfect little family micro-adventure that will give the walk a purpose and leave you all smelling of fire and feeling you that have been out in the wild.

Prepare the bread mix at home for minimal faff on route, but be adventurous with what you put in it. Start with this basic mix and experiment with more ingredients.Maybe half savoury, half sweet?



2 cups of flour (all white or half wholemeal) 

2 teaspoons of baking powder 

5 tablespoons of sugar 

1 teaspoon of salt

¼ cup of olive oil

⅔ cup of water

Cinnamon Twirls

Add cinnamon and raisins to the dough and wrap the rope of dough around the stick with some butter. 

Cheesy Twists

Add grated cheese to the dough and spice with herbs and garlic.

Pizza Twirls

Chop sundried tomatoes, olives and herbs (oregano, thyme and basil) and add it together with grated cheese. Dip in tomato sauce.

Pigs & Blankets

Barbeque sausages. Once they are cooked right through thread them on a stick and wrap the bread rope around the sausages. Cook slowly until the dough is softly browned. This works well as the hot sausage cooks the dough from the inside as well.

How To: 

1. Mix all the dry ingredients.

2. Add oil and water then kneed until the dough is smooth.

3. Portion the dough into 12 balls and roll each ball to a thin rope, about one inch wide, eight inches long. 

4. Wrap each rope around a clean, whittled stick and squeeze to make it stick top and bottom.For best result, cut a sturdy stick off a tree and whittle off the bark on one end.

5. Dunk & Dip: Consider hummus, creme fraiche, tomato sauce or chocolate spread. Or simply spread with butter and jam or honey.

Hot Tip

You might also have a childhood memory of feeling sick from having over eaten on breadstick which were raw behind a torched black crust? 

Teach your kids deferred gratification by slow roasting the bread over the embers, not over open fire, and make sure to spin the sticks in your hand to get even heat.


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