Bread on a Stick

It’s officially summer! For me that has meant so many things over the years— slip ‘n’ slides, popsicles, no school, late night outdoors, flip flops, and sunscreen. In recent years summer has come to mean one important thing to my husband and me— camping. We love to go camping and are so lucky to live in a place like Utah, where we can never tire of beautiful places close to home to explore.

One such place is Moab. It’s iconic, it’s picturesque. And unless you’ve been there yourself, you have no idea just how amazing it is. It’s a favorite destination of ours and we returned last weekend to officially kick off our summer.

Moab

Moab diptych 2

I love cooking while we camp and the amount of gear we have to haul around to prepare our meals is getting a little excessive. But I can’t resist trying new ways to prepare satisfying meals while out in the middle of nowhere. I have a lot of tried and true recipes, but I’m always looking for something new. Such as this recipe for “bread on a stick” (a recipe I found through pinterest, I’m totally addicted).

This recipe got the wheels in my head turning, thinking about what else I can bake away from my oven, whether I’m camping or just don’t feel like turning on the oven on a hot summer day. I’ve got a few great ideas that I’m really excited about, and so with this recipe I’m kicking off a summer series I’m calling Baking Outside the Kitchen.

First we need to talk about this bread on a stick, because it really is worth talking about.

Was chilling in the cooler

I prepared the basic bread dough on Thursday night and kept it in the fridge and then a cooler until we were ready for it Saturday night.

Prepared dough

And boy were we ready for it! We had spent a long day hiking and were tired and very hungry by dinnertime.

Preparing the bread on a stick

Steve started a fire and we wrapped some dough around a few sticks we found while hiking.

The fire

It took only a few minutes over the hot fire, and we had fresh bread to go with our dinner of beef stew.

Some got a little burned around the edges (and we learned how important it is to watch the bread and rotate it often), but we didn’t care. It was delicious.

This recipe is ridiculously easy and since there is no kneading or rising involved (because there is no yeast) you can literally enjoy fresh bread in under fifteen minutes. You don’t need to be camping to make this either, use any fire pit or even a charcoal grill.

Bread on a stick is a great alternative to turning on your oven and besides, it’s fun! Get everyone involved— light a fire, find some sticks, make yourself some bread and make the most of your summer.

Bread and stew


Bread on a Stick
From Sweet Paul Magazine, Fall 2010
Makes approximately 12 bread sticks
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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup water

In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add olive oil and water and mix until the dough is smooth. Use immediately or chill in a fridge or cooler for up to one week for future use.

When ready, portion the dough into 12 equally sized balls. Roll each ball into a thin rope and pull to be about one inch wide and eight inches long. Wrap around a thin but sturdy stick, clean of any visible dirt.

Place end of stick over a fire, rotating it so that the bread cooks evenly. It will cook better over the coals of the fire, rather than direct flames. Be careful not to burn. The bread should be ready in about 5 minutes. Eat immediately.