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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How to Make Civil War Fire Cakes | Survival Food Recipes


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How to Make Civil War Fire Cakes | Survival Food Recipe

Straight out of the Army Survival Handbook:

“It takes much more than the knowledge and skills to build shelters, get food, make fires, and travel without the aid of standard navigational devices to live successfully through a survival situation. Some people with little or no survival training have managed to survive life-threatening circumstances. Some people with survival training have not used their skills and died. A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the individual(s) involved. Having survival skills is important; having the will to survive is essential.

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A quick overview of how to make fire cakes-Good for camping or survival:

1. Mix the ingredients (listed below).
2. Form into a cake.
3. Bake the mixture on a rock in the fire or over it (you can also bake it in the ashes).
4. Wait until the cake blackens.
5. Take the cake off the rock/from the fire/ashes.
6. Clean it up a little bit and eat.

A fire cake may not be up there with your favorite burger or pizza, but if you prepare survival food supplies, it will be good enough. When TSHTF, you may be in the same situation as Civil War soldiers: left to fend for yourself with very limited supplies.

Thus knowing how to make fire cakes will arm you with the ability to prepare food, even when all you have is flour and water. When everything is gone such as grocery stores, fast food chains, as well as your own supplies, fire cakes could be the only decent food to keep you going.

Here is a video from James Townsend & Son to show you three ways to make fire cakes.


·         flour

·         salt

·         water

·         bannock board/large leaves

·         ash bed

·         mixing bowl

·         peel/oven spatula/(in the video: tomahawk)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Pour some flour into the bowl. Then add salt, and mix well. Next, add a small amount of water, and mix into a paste.

We will be using three different methods to cook fire cakes: with a bannock board, with leaves and by putting the dough directly on the ashes.

Fire Cakes #1: Bannock Board Method

Make the dough sticky so that it won’t fall off the board while cooking. Flatten out the dough on the bannock board. Lay it flat and thin so that it will cook well and quick. The board has holes in it to keep it upright.


Place the board just above the coals so it won’t catch fire. Put a stick into the hole on the board to prop it at an angle. When the lower side of the patty, that which is closer to the coals, has turned brown, turn the bannock board over. Remember to do this gently to keep the patty from dropping into the ashes. Your cake is ready when the patty has browned up all over. It’s ready to eat!


Fire Cakes #2: Leaves Method


You want the dough thin and the shape to be similar to the size of the leaves you will be using. Once you get the right size and shape, take one leaf and put the dough on top. Then turn the patty over and place another leaf on top. Add more leaves to both sides so the leaves won’t burn through.


Now place the wrapped dough on top of the coals. Cover it with white coals. Gray coals have cooled down and will not be able to cook your dough. Leave for a few minutes or until the cake is cooked. When it’s ready, gently scrape off the coals on top. Lift it off the ashes.


Next, put it on a board and remove the leaves. The cake may still be hot, so set it aside until it is cool enough to eat.


Fire Cakes #3: True Fire Cake Method


If you don’t have a board or leaves to cook with, you can put the patty right into the ashes. You will get some charring on the outside of the patty. We can call this the survival method of cooking fire cakes.

The process is straightforward. Place the patty on hot coals. Then set some hot coals on top as well. Do so gently and carefully. Take note of where you put the dough and try not to bury it in the coals so that you can see if it’s cooked. You can also smell the patty when it’s cooking. When it’s ready, remove it from the coals and put it on a plate.

Finally, take off the remaining coals and blow off the dust.

Here’s your dessert – No Bake Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares


·         1 cup butter

·         ½ cup brown sugar, packed

·         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

·         3 cups rolled oats

·         ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

·         ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

·         1 cup dark chocolate chips

·         ¾ cup chunky peanut butter


1.       Line a 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set aside.

2.       In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over low-heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

3.       Add the oats, cinnamon and kosher salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes.

4.       Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down.

5.       In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Heat on high in the microwave, in increments of 40 seconds, stirring in between each increment, until melted and fully combined.

6.       Pour of the chocolate mixture into the pan over the pressed oats, reserving about ¼ cup for drizzling. Top with the remaining oats and drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate mixture.

7.       Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.


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Larry said...

Sounds like stuff we did in the Boy Scouts during our annual Klondyke Derby-lots of fun and we'll try the dessert bar recipe-sounds delicious!

Jennifer said...

My grandma used to make something like this on our camping trips. Terrific resources-thanks a bunch.

Yvonne said...

The dessert sounds even tastier!

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