Looking for fast, simple and fabulous camping breakfast ideas? These Camping Pancakes are your answer! The most time consuming thing you’ll do is start your campfire.
How I’ve Made It Easy
There are 3 ways to enjoy an easy hotcakes camping meal.
- Scratch requiring individual ingredients. Do a make-ahead pancake batter, combine wet and dry ingredients at home, store refrigerated in airtight container (up to 4 days) and pour batter on hot pan to cook at camp.
- Camping pancake mix requiring additional ingredients (usually eggs, oil and milk). You can purchase a pre-made mix or create your own pancake mix for camping by measuring and mixing all of the dry ingredients, placing them in an airtight container and then combining with the wet ingredients at camp.
- Camping pancakes just add water. The simplest way to make hotcakes in the wilderness is using a just add water pancake mix. These are not the fluffiest but they are so easy it is hard to pass them up. I like sprucing these up with interesting toppings rather than just using a prepared syrup.
I love making hotcakes over a morning fire. To make this as one of our easy campfire recipes, start your fire so you have time to let it burn down to create some nice coals for cooking.
Propane or electric are fine heating sources too. Make this as one of our camp stove recipes by getting your stove ready for cooking on a level surface. A conventional stove or RV stove are other cooking options.
Steps To Make This Recipe
Step 1. Prepare your ingredients, heat source and cooking equipment as directed.
Step 2. Macerate the berries. Stir together the strawberries and sugar in a non-reactive bowl and set it aside. It will take about 20-30 minutes for the berries to begin to break down and form a syrupy juice.
Camp Cooking Tip: Fresh strawberries are abundant beginning in June and are usually available until the first frost. You can substitute any fresh fruit that is in season. Some of my favorites are bananas and chocolate chips, blueberries with sugar and lemon juice, raspberries tossed in sugar, and you can always just top pancakes with real maple syrup.
Step 3. Add water to the mix. You’ll want to add as much water to the mix as necessary to create a pourable consistency while still keeping the batter on the thicker side.
Camp Cooking Tip: At home, measure the pancake mix into a large sport bottle or large empty jar with a tight-fitting lid. At the campsite, add the water and shake vigorously just until the mixture is combined. This pourable pancake batter is ready for cooking on your cast iron griddle.
Step 4. Pre-heat griddle over medium heat.
Step 5. Grease griddle & fry pancakes. Use cooking spray or vegetable oil to prepare the griddle or frying pan for cooking. Pour the batter onto the griddle or large cast-iron skillet to form the size of pancake you enjoy. It is easiest to keep them smaller so they are easier to flip.
Step 6. Flip, cook & serve. Bubbles will begin to form, then they will pop. As soon as they begin breaking, flip the pancakes to cook the second side. It will only take about 2-3 minutes to cook both sides of the pancakes to a nice golden brown color. Remove to plate, top with a little butter and berry mixture, serve warm.
What To Serve With This Recipe
I like serving sweet breakfast meals with a nice cold cup of milk and a savory morning breakfast meat like thick strips of crispy bacon or spicy breakfast sausage patties.
Don’t forget to have your campfire coffee ready too!
I’ve made two other recipes that use just add water pancakes. The first is one of my camping food ideas no refrigeration required that uses all shelf-stable pantry ingredients.
These Peachy Nutty Pancakes use canned peaches, nuts and a few spices to make a yummy topping.
The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is classic and makes an almost-gourmet topping for these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camping Pancakes that use a just add water pancake mix.
Scaling This Recipe
Jazzed-up simple hotcakes are one of my favorite camping meals for two. If I have leftovers, I reinvent them to make a yummy dessert.
Breakfast pancakes are easy camping meals for large groups. If you need to know how to make lots of pancakes camping, just scale the recipe up to the number of servings you need. Start an assembly line for cooking. As they are finished cooking, transfer them to a large aluminum pan and cover with tinfoil. Keep them covered in a warm area and use the FIFO (first in, first out) principle for serving. Your goal is to stop the cooking process and just keep them warm.
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- 2 cups fresh strawberries cleaned, hulled and sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup "Just add water" pancake mix
- 2/3 cup water approximate amount, may need more if batter is too thick
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Cooking spray or vegetable oil as necessary for the griddle
- In a non-reactive bowl, combine the berries and sugar. Set aside to macerate the berries, stirring occasionally. It will take about 20-30 minutes for the berries to break down a bit and form a nice juice.
- Combine the pancake mix with the water. If batter is too thick, slowly add more water until it is a pourable consistency. Camp Cooking Tip: Place the pancake mix in a sport bottle. At the campsite, add the water and shake vigorously until the mixture is just combined, it should only take a minute or two. Now you have pourable pancake batter inside the sport bottle ready for cooking on your cast iron griddle.
- Heat cast iron griddle over medium heat using campfire coals, propane stove or conventional stove as a heat source.
- Liberally coat the griddle with cooking spray.
- Pour pancake batter on to griddle to form the size of pancake you enjoy.
- Wait for bubbles to form in the batter, then they will begin to pop, that is when it is time to flip the pancakes to cook the second side, about 3 minutes total.
- Cook until golden brown and remove from griddle.
- Add a bit of butter to each pancake while they are hot. Top with berry mixture. Serve warm.
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