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10 Classic Camping Meals

Classic Campfire Cooking No. 8: Pancakes

Pancakes, hotcakes, flapjacks -- whatever you want to call them, they're an old-fashioned, simple food, something that's easy to make and very filling. They require few ingredients, all of which are easy to pack and store.

Here's a simple recipe that dates back to the 1860s: Take three large spoonfuls of flour (white or wheat), add a pinch of salt, and stir in enough water to make a creamy batter. Coat the bottom of a skillet with fat (maybe fat saved from cooking bacon or sausage) and pour in the batter. Flip when the edges curl. (Another recipe, from the 20th century: 3 cups flour, a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of baking powder, two eggs, two cups of milk -- mix the dry and the wet, and then combine.)