Have You Ever Heard of Ash Cake? No? Watch This!

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Recently a reader asked us if we had ever heard of ash cake and initially we thought they were talking about the lumps of ash left after a fire...but upon further research we were very wrong!  Ash cake is a bread alternative while camping or if you have run out of ingredients and need a quick easy carb. 

In short, ash cake is made up of flour/corn meal, water, baking powder, and salt.  You mix them together and then make small pancake and place on the white ash from a fire.  Turn after 30 seconds and badda-bing, badda-boom! You made an ash cake.

Thanks Red Poppy Ranch for the heads up!

Although the basic recipe stays the same, for the most part, you can add different ingredients to personalize your ash cake. Here are a few recipes we found:

Ash Cakes and Honey Drizzle for Pioneer Day
Cook time
Total time
A simple bread cooked in a fire.
Category: Bread
Yield: 4
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 T. butter
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Using your hands, knead together into a ball of dough. Separate the ball into four parts.
  2. Flatten each part into a disc and place on glowing coals in a fire. When edges are dark, turn and cook the other side.
  3. Remove from fire, brush off any ashes, and serve hot with butter and honey.
If you're not into open flame cooking, you can also bake these. Mine took about 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven, flipping once after about 10-12 minutes. You can also dress these up with some fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme.

Berry Ash Cake

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!

Source: Practical Primitive

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