Stick Bread is in a way also a breadstick but the name comes from the fact that it is baked on a stick over a campfire.
Bread Sticks made on Sticks
Making bread on a stick and bake it over a campfire is the German version of making smores. While you can eat your bread later with all kinds of topics (jam, Nutella, butter, cheese, …) one can also prepare the dough with some garlic or/and herbs for a more savory version.
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We love to make stick bread and of course also making the fire. Best side effect: It keeps the mosquitos away! On the other hand, there is always smoke in the eyes, no matter where you sit or stand at the fire – so annoying!
The dough is easy to make and with only one rising time, it doesn’t take much more than an hour to prepare before you can light the logs and have the party started.
Tip: Have some chairs around the fire since the baking takes about 15 minutes. To avoid the smoke in the eyes, wait until the fire has burned down a bit and bake over the ember.
Little Kids and Bread on a Stick
It takes a lot of patience to bake a stick bread over fire and younger kids often lose interest after a while. You can either use a thinner dough string to make things go a little faster and also help them or use an alternative: Just wrap a slice of apple in aluminum foil, use a stick to skew it on, and just put this over the fire for a couple of minutes to get soft.
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Stick Bread: Campfire Bread on a Stick
- 400 g Flour All purpose or bread flour
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 7 g Yeast instant
- 300 ml Milk lukewarm
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Oil i.e. olive oil
- 1 clove Garlic optional
- some Herbs fresh or dried, optional
- Put the flour into a large bowl, add the sugar and some of the milk.
- Sprinkle the yeast on top of the milk, mix in slightly and let activate.
- Add the remaining milk and start kneading the dough.
- When the dough starts to come together, add the salt and the oil.
- Knead for about 8 minutes.
- Optional: Add some garlic and/or herbs to the dough and mix it in for one to two minutes.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for about an hour or until it has about doubled in size.
- Divide the dough into 6 portions and shape each portion into a long string. If the dough doesn't keep the shape, let it rest for 5 minutes and try again.
- Wrap each string around the end of a branch, long enough to keep a good distance to the fire.
- Over a campfire or firepit, bake the bread while turning the stick to make sure it is baked from all sides.
- The stick bread is ready when the crust is nice evenly brown and the dough is no longer moist.
- Enjoy with butter or just like that.