Here in Canada, our summers are so short that it seems a sin to waste any moment of warm weather. Our family tries to spend as much time as we can outdoors (with liberal amounts of broad spectrum sunscreen at least SPF 30, of course). On warm summer nights, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down.
My backyard will never win any landscape design awards. In fact, you could consider it a fixer-upper. With 8 kids, what else could it be? In the middle of the yard, where the above-ground pool used to be, we have my hubby’s pride and joy: his fire pit. My incredibly resourceful beloved made the fire pit out of a discarded washing machine drum.
Over last week’s Victoria Day weekend, my 4 youngest kids got into the summertime mood by having a campfire bannock bake event. Bannock is a type of bread that was a staple food among indigenous North Americans. It’s so easy to make that #6, the brains behind the catapult of an earlier post, mixed up the dough.
Try it at your next campfire. I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
2-1/2 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well (we use our hands). Rip off a piece of bannock dough about the size of a large marshmallow. Put it on a skewer or a stick. Keep rotating it over the campfire until bread is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Roll your bread in cinnamon-sugar if you’d like. Makes enough to feed 4 enthusiastic children and their mom.