Outside Adventures with Fire and Earth

Fun Outdoor Activity: Making Stick Bread  

making stick bread over a fire


A fresh sapling stick roughly 1 1/2 inches in diameter
1 cup Flour: I have used gluten free as well
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon melted salted butter or any other kind of oil you like
1/2 – 1 cup water


  1. With little children they can clean the sticks by using a good and sharp vegetable peeler or, if older, a sharp knife. Remove the bark and any imperfections from one end of the stick leaving a cooking surface of about 6 inches. The saplings are still wet so they will not burn as easily over the fire.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder. Add in the butter/oil and then gradually pour in the water a little at a time until a dough has formed. You may not need all the water. At this part it takes playing with to really get the right consistency. If using gluten free this is where care really needs to be had as it doesn’t form as well as Wheat.
  3. Divide dough into 3 equal portions and roll into a snake about 3/4 inch thick. Wrap the snake in a spiral motion over the end of the stick pressing it into the surface. Secure the end by pressing them firmly. Again, play with it all. You just want to make sure the dough isn’t so wet that it flops off and into the fire.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes over coals rotating often. Remove by gently sliding the bread up and off the stick using a hand protector. Melted butter, honey, maple syrup or anything else you think would be nice is always fun to put on after it is cooked.
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