7 Easy Camping Pancakes - Simple recipes for breakfast when camping

Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.



You probably know all about pancakes and camping - it's an easy camping breakfast that most people enjoy.

These days, a lot of you might just grab one of those shaker bottles from the supermarket and take those pre-made mixes with you when camping.     They are very easy to use and keep handy - though there is nothing in those bottles that you cannot replicate at home.

If you are are already making pancakes from scratch, we have some simple ideas to add to that basic recipe.       Make it more of a gourmet breakfast.   Nothing too complicated of course, as I don't like complicated food when camping......

If you are still grabbing that bottle off the supermarket shelf, then we can show you how easy and simple it is to make your own pancake mix before you go!     Plus more!!!



So let's start at the very beginning......


 
Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.

 

 

Your basic, simple mix



Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.



If you want to start out with the basics, this is for you.   

You will need to measure all the dry ingredients before you leave home and keep them in a ziplock bag, or a jar or container.       

On this container, you should write down the wet ingredients you will need to add when at the campsite.

Of course, if you have a wonderful memory, you don't need to write it down.   


Ingredients:



 
(optional)

1/3 cup caster sugar


When at the campsite, add the wet ingredients to a bowl  and whisk to combine thoroughly.

Ideally, you should add the whisked ingredients to the dry ingredients, which means another bowl.    But if you add dry ingredients slowly to the wet, I think you and your pancakes will survive.

When your frypan/hotplate is sizzling (and greased, because you don't want pancakes sticking), pour in enough batter to create a pancake of the size you like, and wait until bubbles appear on the top.   When you see the bubbles appearing all around the outside, it's time to flip and wait another 1-2 minutes for it to cook.

 

 For your own shaker mix (instead of the store bought version)




Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.



Just get a jar (plastic or glass) or bottle ready for this mix.

Ideally, it should have enough room left in it, after the dry ingredients are inside, to allow for water and shaking.



Basic Make At Home Shaker Mix:

3 cups plain  flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup custard powder
2 tablespoon sugar
3 cups milk powder (full cream or skim)


This is a bulk mix.

1 cup of the above, is needed to make 4 pancakes.  So put that 1 cup in your special pancake shaker jar.       When you are ready to use, at 3/4 cup of water, and ideally wait 15 minutes before cooking.
You can add more water if needed, but do it gradually, as it's easier to add more water, than take away!



Buttermilk Make At Home Shaker Mix:


2 cups plain all purpose flour
6 tablespoons dried buttermilk powder    (find this at health food stores)
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

Store in your bottle or jar.

For every cup of this you use, you add 1 egg and 1 cup of milk. 



So make up your own shaker mix, and that way you will know exactly what is in your pancake mix.


 

Greek Yogurt Pancakes




Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.


This one is very simple (because simple when camping is good) and has been adapted from a few websites to make it camping friendly.

It serves 4.


 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 2/3 cup Greek yogurt

Put the yogurt and eggs in one bowl and stir them together.       In another bowl, you have your dry ingredients (all measured at home and stored in a bag or jar).     Add the wet ingredients to dry, and fold together.    It's going to be a thick batter.

In a sizzling fry pan, pour your batter to form little pancakes - your mixing spoon or spatula will have to help shape the pancakes as it's a bit thick.    Cook to your liking.

Serve with maple syrup, or fresh berries if you have some.  Blueberries are a treat with this.


Whole Grain Pancakes


Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.


If you want to make your pancakes healthier, choosing whole grain pancakes is an option.   All the dry ingredients are pre-mixed just like all the other pancake suggestions.    

Recipe adapted from Country Living.


Ingredients:

3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup flax seeds
3 cups white whole-wheat flour
2 cups buckwheat flour
2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
4 tsp.  salt
1 tbsp. baking soda
   


Pulse oats and flax in a food processor until finely chopped, 10 to 15 times. Stir together oat mixture, flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.    Store in an airtight container and take to your campsite. 

Cook as per usual for any pancake and serve with toppings of choice.     


 3 Ingredient Flour-less Banana Pancakes



If you are looking to simplify your pancakes, avoiding flour, then recipe is incredibly basic.    Just remember to take your over ripe bananas that have been sitting in your fruit bowl all week with you on the camping trip.

And make small pancakes, not big ones with this recipe, as there is not a lot holding it all together, and flipping 







Ingredients:


1 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed, coarsely
2 eggs, whisked
1/8th tsp baking powder


Mixing it all together, and placing on a sizzling frypan/hotplate over medium heat, cooking for 2 minutes per side.


Serve with maple syrup.






Coffee Pancakes





Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.

Photo from Taste.com (who added poached pears to their coffee pancakes, but I don't have poached pears when camping).

If you love coffee and love pancakes, combine the two.     

It's not too hard when camping, because chances are you have coffee there already.   Just make another cup (minus the milk and sugar) and let it cool.


Remember - gather all the dry ingredients before you leave home and have ready to go!



This recipe is from Food.com


Ingredients:


2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 13 cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 egg
200ml  Greek yogurt, plus extra
200ml  milk



Method:


Mix the instant coffee with 2 tablespoons of boiling water and set aside to cool.

All the dry ingredients need to have been assembled and sifted at home, and ready to use.

In separate bowl, use a wooden spoon to beat the egg, yoghurt, milk, butter and coffee until combined.    Add to dry ingredients and stir gently to combine.


Heat a non-stick frypan over medium heat and brush with some of the extra melted butter. Working in batches, add 1 tablespoon of batter to the pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then turn and cook for a further 1 minute or until golden.



Chocolate Pancakes

 


Easy camping breakfasts using pancakes - 7 simple recipes you can make without a lot of fuss or ingredients.



If you use whole wheat and unsweetened cocoa, then I suppose you can call these healthy.

All dry ingredients are assembled at home.
At the campsite you need to have on hand milk, butter and eggs.  Nothing out of the ordinary.

It's then a matter of combining wet and dry!  

For full recipe see Taste.com.au  (their recipe has mixed berries and chocolate sauce, but not really that easy when camping).  Photo from above site.




With a bit of pre-planning, you can make delicious pancakes at the campsite for breakfast, or lunch or dinner.  


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How to take your cat camping: 6 things you need to think about

Camping with cats - can you do it?





I got an email from a reader,  today, with a question I realised I have no idea about.   None.

“Can I take my cat camping?”

The first thing that came to my mind was

“Are you crazy?  Why would you want to?” (based on experience with my cat, now sadly departed, it wouldn't have been something I ever contemplated)

And as tempting it was to add this letter to the "too hard, I will think about later" pile, it did get me thinking.


the great outdoors  cat camping











Maybe this reader, felt that the cats of Australia were under-represented on our blog, considering we had devoted another entire post to camping with dogs?

In the interests of equality between the species, we investigated the issue of taking your cat camping.

Despite you thinking it may be crazy, this desire to take your cat camping has grown since we first started this blog.    In fact, you can follow camping cats on Instagram.     It just goes to show, that it is possible and is being done successfully!


So if you are thinking about take your cat camping, what do you need to think about before you head out?   Here are 6 things to ponder.


1)   Cats frequently don’t like being in a car of any sort, so your feline will need to enjoy travel.

If they do, that is the first hurdle conquered. 

If they are not keen on vehicle transportation (and that does seem to be the majority), then re-think camping right now.    

Alternatively, you will have to get your cat into "car training" so the thought of a car ride, doesn't terrify for the poor animal, who probably imagines that he/she is off to the vet. 




taking your cat camping


2)   You need to keep your cat in the tent or caravan the whole time, OR on a harness/leash (if the cat hasn’t ever been on a leash, this could be another major problem for camping and you may suffer impressive wounds from this once-loving feline).

Like the car trips, then you need to start the training now.  Probably the younger the cat, the better chances you will have.


(Photo source: here)





3)  National Parks don’t allow dogs or cats (if they run off, they could eat wildlife), so please ensure you don’t break these rules.     Find an alternative area to camp.

There are places that will allow pets, so some research prior to departure is highly recommended.
Once again, you will probably need to keep your cat on a leash, wherever you are.




4)    Pack a litter tray.   You are going to need somewhere for the cat to do its business.




5)   If you are going out during the day, think about where the cat will go and what it will need. 

Tent camping means putting kitty in the tent, with the litter tray and food/water.    I have never seen a cat that doesn’t track litter all about the place, so prepare yourself for a messy tent - if, the tent is even capable of holding kitty safely and securely.  

It will be a little different in a caravan/RV though, so you should have more alternatives.



6)   If your cat likes sleeping throughout the day, and playing at night, consider what you will do with this animal when you are all in close confines.   

I think cat miaows are louder at night!!    (or hope you don’t sleep next to this cat; she purrs at 92 decibels, equivalent to a Boeing 737 landing)






But of course, we can't all have a cat like Milly?    Who you might ask?    Well, check out this not so average cat:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/23/rock-climbing-cat_n_5380069.html



camping is fun with grumpy cat






So, do you know anyone who has tried to take their cat with them (and lived to tell the tale)?


(Note:  This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated to maintain accuracy).

Boomerang BBQ - an easy camp cooking addition




Readers to this website will know that we love sharing camping gear and gadgets that are new on the market.  Or even some items which are still in the ideas stage, and not yet up and running. 

One such product that is on the market is the  Boomerang BBQ, an item that many campers who love cooking over a campfire can appreciate.

The following is a guest post by Rob, from www.campertrailers.org. who is going to share his own knowledge and experience with the Boomerang BBQ.


boomerang BBQ easy camp cooking idea for campers


I had the opportunity to drop in on longtime CamperTrailers members Peter Schultz and Wendy Donovan who are marketing the uniquely designed Boomerang BBQ,  a portable compact camping BBQ designed and manufactured in Australia using quality 316 stainless.


How to set it up

 

boomerang BBQ easy camp cooking idea for campers




The Boomerang BBQ only takes half a minute to set up, first hammering the two piece pole into the ground, sliding the boomerang arm over the pole and then attaching the bbq plate.

Adjusting the heat is a simple matter of moving the plate up and down or swinging it around.


The carry bag is 330mm square while the whole package weighs only 1.7kg.




boomerang BBQ easy camp cooking idea for campers


The History Behind It





The genesis of the Boomerang BBQ goes back to 1958 when adventurer, fortune hunter and prospector, John Carr, was looking for a better way to cook over his campfire in the Central Australian desert and the jungles of Kakadu.


He was sick and tired of lugging a heavy cast-iron BBQ plate around the country from camp to camp. He was also fed up with getting burnt food all the time,  because he had no way of regulating the temperature over the flames of the campfire and thought there must be a better way.

Over the next 22 years, John improved on his original ideas and finally won an inventors award on a 1980 Australian TV show, "What'll They Think of Next".

With the prize money he went on to commercialize the barbecue, known as the CarrBQ.

More than 8000 CarrBQ's have now been sold throughout Australia, Africa and USA.


About 15 years ago Peter and Wendy stumbled across the Carr BBQ. They loved it so much, it became the prototype to further develop together with John Carr.

Since then, it has since been redesigned, evolving into the Boomerang BBQ in 2015 (patent pending) with many additional improvements.





boomerang BBQ easy camp cooking idea for campers


 
For more information please visit the Boomerang BQQ website https://boomerangbbq.com.au 

or 

the Boomerang BBQ Facebook page https://facebook.com/boomerangbbq


We thank Rob for sharing this information with us.   To read more stories by Rob, and loads of camper trailer information, head to the website   campertrailers.org.