campfire biscuit mix

July 28, 2012

When your parents meet at the outdoor sporting goods store REI in the 70s, it is pretty much a given that you will spend many of your childhood years camping.

It is sad to admit that nowadays the closest thing I get to being outdoors is grilling up free range sausages in Prospect Park on a sunny Saturday. Not even close, I know.

Lucky for me I got to head up to the Sierras last weekend for a beautiful wedding celebration AND get my camping fix on.

Camping has a sneaky way of making any food taste better. I think this has to do with being outside in a scenic location and therefore one doesn’t seem to care that the mac and cheese was as a little (or lot) burnt on the bottom.

Just blame it on the fickle camping stove.

A warm biscuit whilst camping is a treat. I’m going to be real: this mix is best enjoyed outdoors. Why? The substitute for real buttermilk in these biscuits is powdered milk and any form of milk that has been dried is not exactly my first choice when indulging in a lazy weekend breakfast. For weekend breakfast-ing I would gently turn you towards something a bit more luxurious, like say these fresh ginger and black pepper mascarpone scones.

However, if you find yourself on a summer camping trip these may just be what you need in the morning to get yourself out of your warm and snuggly sleeping bag and the three steps it takes to get to breakfast.

The best part about this mix – other than the warm biscuits – is that it can be stored for up to two weeks and all you need to make them is water (or milk) and a hot pan to bring them alive. Feeling extra fancy? Add in a few chocolate chips or a sprinkling of trail mix and your campfire breakfast just got even better.

Campfire Biscuit Mix
Makes about 8 biscuits

Adapted from Food & Wine

For the mix:
1 cup (125 grams) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
3 tablespoons (16 grams) milk powder
2 tablespoons (24 grams) sugar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) canola oil

To prepare biscuits:
1/2 cup (120 ml) water or milk
oil, for the pan
jam, honey, nutella or whatever you have on hand, for serving

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, milk powder and sugar then drizzle in the oil. Use your fingers to evenly incorporate the oil into the dry ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

When you are ready to make the biscuits, lightly grease a skillet and set it over low heat. Pour the mix into a small bowl and stir in about 1/4 cup of water. Add water about a teaspoon at a time until you have a thick batter. Drop by large spoonfuls and spread slightly so each biscuit is about 3 inches in diameter. Cook over low heat until lightly browned and flip. Cover and cook until the biscuits are puffed and golden brown, or about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

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D-Wine Guy July 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Everything tastes better when camping….that’s why I do it!

Bacon frying in a pan over hot coals wafting its scent in the early morning air brings back many happy memories of hiking trips into the wilderness.

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Amanda @ Becoming a Boulangère July 29, 2012 at 1:26 am

I’m heading out camping next weekend and will have to try these! I just started brainstorming recipes and meal plans so this post came at the perfect time. Thanks!

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Yossy | apt2bbakingco July 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Lillie! What an awesome idea. I am definitely going to bookmark this recipe for my next trip upstate.

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Eileen @ Ham Pie Sandwiches July 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Packable biscuit mix sounds like a great idea for camping–I can just imagine how good the results taste after an all-day hike :)

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basalevolution July 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Just went camping this past weekend…and you are so correct. Camping does have a way of making food taste better! However, those biscuits probably could not ever taste bad!

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Riley August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

Looks like a beautiful, fun trip! I’m always up for biscuits!

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Catherine August 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

My niece Rachel and I are camping (with sister Judy) this weekend and will definitely be making these. Thanks for the idea. The cherry wine slushies will be good too for the grownups. I bet I can make those in advance, even if they get un-slushed, it will still be yummy. Love you!

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Livebakelove August 12, 2012 at 1:38 am

i am definitely going to give these a try! I am going camping in oct, everyone will be suprised :-)

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