Choosing a bright early morning with a hint of dew we set off for the shingle bank just below Bredwardine Bridge on the river Wye. Our aim was to cook a truly scrumptious breakfast using our fire pit and wood from home. This was to be real campfire event using several different parts of the Kotlich kit. We used the Kotlich for the porridge, grill for the bacon and the clean Kotlich for the American pancakes. Coffee came to the boil in an enamel dzezva and we were in Herefordshire heaven.
With Bredwardine Bridge as our backdrop we first of all set the fire in the fire pit and got a good burn going. We used some of Certainly Woods fire starters for a confident and uncomplicated fire starter. We quickly got the water boiling for the porridge. Porridge with a sprinkling of brown sugar and a blob of clotted cream is a real holiday treat. We all ate in silence as the great Wye glided past and we revelled in our creamy start to the day.
The master fire lighter had already put a dzezva full of water into the fire side and it soon came to the boil. We added coffee and allowed it to stand for a few minutes next to the fire so it didn’t loose heat or actually boil. Coffee was enjoyed all round and the washer upper did the business with the Kotlich so we could use it again for the American style pancakes.
We put the grill on and gave the streaky smoked bacon about 5 minutes each side then changed the grill for the kotlich to make the pancakes.
Nigella Lawson’s recipe is a winner.
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 30 grams butter (melted and cooled)
- 300 ml milk
- 225 grams plain flour
- butter for frying
- The easiest way to make these is to put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz. But if you do mix up the batter by hand in a bowl, make a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, beat in the eggs, melted butter and milk, and transfer to a jug: it's much easier to pour the batter into the pan than to spoon it.
- Heat a smooth griddle or pan on the stove.
- When you cook the pancakes, all you need to remember is that when the upper side of the pancake is blistering and bubbling it's time to cook the second side, and this needs only about 1 minute, if that.
- I get about 16 silver-dollar-sized pancakes out of this.
Well, having cooked the pancakes in the Kotlich one at a time we kept them warm and rehung the grill over the fire to quickly finish of the bacon. By this time we were ready to tuck into our second course. Eating outside round a campfire is great but American Pancakes outside round the fire surpass everything else.
Breakfast recipes are easy and now that we have a new kotlich pan in our range, even easier. We have a low sided Paella pan which is great for frying, eggs, omlettes, kedgeree, pancakes and everything that needs to be tossed or lifted with a flat spatula. Breakfast campfire cooking is great for the beach, the forest or just in a sheltered spot in the garden. Make a point of having breakfast outside with the children several times this summer. They won't forget what fun you've had together.