Ash Caks

Primitive Cooking: Making Ash Cakes

(As featured in the December 2007 issue of Practically Seeking)

Looking for a recipe you can try?
Check out one of our favorite
Ash Cake recipes!

Nothing satisfies the soul as much as food prepared on a campfire. And it's easier than you might think!

One of my favorite fire-friendly treats is the Ash Cake.

They are easy to make, fun to prepare, a great family-friendly activity, and can be made from almost any flour (acorn being especially good) at any time of year. Plus, they're delicious! Here is how we make these tasty treats…

Tips for Making a Better Ash Cake

Step-by-step Instructions for Making Ash Cakes:

  1. Build a fire and let it burn down to a thick layer of coals. If the weather has been cold or wet, be sure your fire has burned long enough to thoroughly heat the ground beneath. While your fire is burning, gather the ingredients to make your ash cake dough.
  2. Burning Fire Ingredients

  3. Allow the coals to burn down to white ash.
  4. White Ash

  5. Using your favorite flour make a thick dough, adding only enough water so the dough does not stick to your hands. Acorn flour is delicious in this recipe! (Not sure how to make a good dough? Check out one of our favorite recipes.)
  6. Make Your Dough Mixing Your Dough

  7. Adding chopped nuts, berries or other tasty morsels to the flour mixture can be very tasty! These are some of the berries we picked during the summer in our Melon Baskets. A delicious reminder of warm summer fun!
    (You can also add an egg to help with binding if your dough is not sticking together properly).
  8. Chopped Walnuts Black-Cap Raspberries Mixing Ingredients

  9. Roll the dough into small balls, golf ball size or smaller. This is a great step for getting the kids involved!
  10. Roll Dough into Balls Balls of Dough

  11. Pat each ball into a tortilla-style patty, about ¼ inch thick. (Another step that kids love!)
  12. Flatten into Patties Ready to Cook

  13. Place the dough carefully onto the hot ash (NOT the coals) and let it sit until browned to your liking, about 3-4 minutes, then carefully flip each patty and cook the other side.
    (Be careful while flipping — one of ours bit the dust at this point, which made Sammy very happy!)
  14. Cooking on the Ash Sammy Enjoying her Crumbled Ash Cake!

  15. Remove from the ash with care, as they can be fall apart easily at this point! Brush off any remaining ash with your fingertips or a pastry brush.
  16. Carefully Remove from Ash Finished Ash Cakes

  17. Top with butter, honey, maple syrup, powdered sugar, your favorite jam/jelly or crushed fresh fruit and enjoy this delicious treat!
  18. Choose your Favorite Topping Preparing Your Treat Enjoy your Tasty Treat!

This Christmas Eve forget the cookies — Leave Ash Cakes for Santa instead!

Empty Plate

Here is one of our favorite Ash Cake recipes.
Easy to make with ingredients on hand, this is a delicous and healthy version of this fire-side treat.

1 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup cornmeal muffin mix
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries
2 Tbsp water

In a small bowl, combine together the buckwheat flour and cornmeal muffin mix.
Add the chopped walnuts into the dry mixture.
Slowly, add a small amount of the water and begin combining the dry mixture into the water.
When the mixture is just beginning to stick together, add the berries.
Continue adding water, small amounts at a time, until the mixture doesn't stick to your fingers.
If you add too much water, add more buckwheat flour into the mixture until the proper consistency is reached.
Separate into four pieces and roll each piece into a small, golf ball-sized ball.
Pat them down into tortilla-like patties, about a quarter-inch thick.
Place the patties carefully on the white ash, turning after 3-4 minutes to cook the other side.
Carefully remove the patties once both sides are done, brush off any excess ash.
Top with butter, honey, maple syrup, crushed fruit, powdered sugar, or you favorite sweet topping, and Enjoy!