Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Another easy and delicious camp staple: Sourdough bread

When I first began RVing full-time, one of the first things that I realized was that I no longer had my trusty gas oven. My RV, being quite small, had a cook top but no oven. What to do for baking essential biscuits and bread? I frantically started shopping for camp ovens. I found them expensive, but I seriously considered going that route until I realized I had an oven—a Dutch oven.

Baking over the campfire

I started experimenting with recipes and techniques that would work over the campfire instead of in the range oven.

Here is about the most straightforward recipe possible for Camp Sourdough Bread:

Camp Sourdough Bread


  • 1 cup ripe sourdough starter
  • 5 cups unbleached white soft wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water

You could add (optional):


  • Measure out the sourdough starter, flour and salt into a bowl. Combine the ingredients, then slowly add warm water.
  • Mix everything together by hand until a dough starts to form.
  • When you have a thoroughly mixed elastic dough, turn it out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10-12 minutes.
  • Clean the mixing bowl, dry it, and grease lightly with oil. Place dough in the bowl to rise. It will take an hour for the dough to rise and roughly double in size.
  • Your campfire should be dying down to coals and not open flame.
  • Preheat your lightly greased Dutch oven in the embers.
  • Line the inside of the Dutch oven with parchment paper. (This, too, is optional—I’ve done it with and without parchment paper. There is a risk of a darker bottom crust on the bread if not using parchment.) Turn the loaf into the Dutch oven. Make a few knife cuts on the top of the loaf so the bread will breathe and expand as it bakes.
  • Put the lid on the Dutch oven and set it on the coals. Make sure campfire coals are arranged evenly, and use tongs to place some hot coals on the lid.
  • Let the bread bake for 1 – 1 ½ hours. Check it every fifteen minutes or so.
  • Rotate the bread inside the Dutch oven every 15 minutes. Add more coals from the fire onto the lid, if needed.
  • When your bread is cooked through remove it from the fire and allow to cool with the lid off.

When you first start baking this way, you might wish to check the bread loaf interior temperature with a baking thermometer. You want it to reach an internal temp of about 200 degrees F.




Randall Brink
Randall Brink
Randall Brink is an author hailing from Idaho. He has written many fiction and non-fiction books, including the critically acclaimed Lost Star: The Search for Amelia Earhart. He is the screenwriter for the new Grizzly Adams television series and the feature film Goldfield. Randall Brink has a diverse background not only as a book author, Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor, but also as an airline captain, chief executive, and Alaska bush pilot.



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Gary Stone (@guest_211512)
1 year ago

After about 3 months of trial and error I finally achieved a worthy sourdough starter. That was a year ago. Since then my starter has never failed me in spite of the abuse I heap upon it. This is an interesting recipe that I will copy and print to take along on camping trips. My at-home sourdough process takes about 3 days, which is not practical for camping. Thanks!

Micheal Whelan (@guest_211472)
1 year ago

Great piece on a healthy camp tradition. I have found that placing the risen dough on parchment paper makes for easy placement when turning it to the dutch oven. This also makes it easier for rotating the baking bread during the baking process. You can not get better bread for your camp than sourdough. Be it in a dutch oven on the fire or baked in a convection oven. Fast, easy and tasty.

mimi (@guest_211349)
1 year ago

How does one make a starter?

Barbara O (@guest_211399)
1 year ago
Reply to  mimi

If you know someone that has one, you can get it from them. If not,You can buy a sourdough starter from Cultures for Health online. I’ve also seen starters for sale on etsy. Once you get one you have to keep it fed with flour and water regularly. I feed mine about once every week or 2, more often if you’re making bread more often. If you’re not making bread each time, you’ll take out a portion called “discard” but you don’t have to throw it away! There’s dozen of recipes on Pinterest for using sourdough discard.

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