Family Day in February means winter funFamily Day Winter Fun

In Ontario this past week we have had some very cold days.  Tomorrow is the Family Day stat holiday and the weather is looking like we might get some warmer temperatures.  We are having some friends over for brunch and I’m hoping that with a slightly warmer day we will be able to light a campfire and enjoy some sunny rays outside.  For a special treat I will mix up some dough for campfire bannock (see recipe below

In past years our family has enjoyed afternoon campfire cookouts at the Simkins family farm.  Winter Fun at Eat Grow Play Winter Fun at Eat Grow PlayEveryone brings something in a pot or on a stick that can be heated over the fire for lunch.  The kids enjoy sledding on one of the many hills and we all enjoy each others company.  Maybe it has to do with the crisp afternoon air, the smell of the smoke or simply being outside during a time of year when we spend so much time inside keeping warm.  Family Day Winter Fun

Campfire Bannock

Campfire Bannock

Campfire BannockThis past December at Eat, Grow, Play we had three fun filled days at the Christmas Cookie Camp.  For an outdoor activity we spent the morning Campfire Bannockcollecting sticks and leaves for kindling for the fire.
We also learned about fire safety and how to start a fire.  After lunch we got busy making some dough for bannock.  Then it was back outside to gather round the fire and roast bannock over the golden embers.

  • 2 cups flour – whole wheat or oat flour work
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil, butter or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix oil, egg and milk in a separate small bowl.
  3. Pour liquids over dry mix and stir with a fork until fully incorporated.
  4. On a floured surface pat dough with floured hands into a flattened square shape until it’s about 3/4″ thick.
  5. Cut dough into 1″ strips.
  6. Wrap dough around the end of sticks and roast over warm coals until golden brown and inside is cooked.
  7. For an extra special touch you can brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Campfire Bannock

As you can see bannock can be enjoyed right off the stick