How to make berry blast pancakes

Travel-writer and adventurer Phoebe Smith shares her recipe for cooking berry pancakes in the outdoors.

Wild berry pancakes

With fruit for slow-release energy and pancakes for a bit of a treat, these are the pseudo-healthy way to begin an adventure.

You can, of course, buy a ‘just add water’ pancake mix, which you can then simply add add the berries to and shake together. This is worth it if there are a few of you.

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Blackberry vodka. © Elena Kirey/Getty


  • Egg 1
  • Milk 250ml, or 250ml water mixed with 3 tbsp powdered milk
  • Self-raising flour 350g
  • Large knob of butter or splash of cooking oil
  • Berries 1/3 of 400g canned, or fresh mixed
  • Clear honey to serve


  • Step 1

    Mix the egg, milk and flour together in a bowl to form a smooth batter.

    Mixing food in a bowl. © Karen Beard/Getty
    Mixing food in a bowl. © Karen Beard/Getty
  • Step 2

    Stir in two-thirds of the berries – the mixture will turn a lovely shade of purple.

    Blueberries . © Massimo Rubino/EyeEm/Getty
    Blueberries . © Massimo Rubino/EyeEm/Getty
  • Step 3

    Turn on the camping stove and heat some of the butter or oil in a frying pan until sizzling hot. Place two spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan, to make two pancakes. (You should be able to cook two small American-style pancakes at a time in most camping frying pans.)

    Portable stove. © Mike Harrington/Getty
    Portable stove. © Mike Harrington/Getty
  • Step 4

    As the batter starts to bubble, flip the pancakes, to cook on the second side. Once cooked, transfer to a plate and cook a further two pancakes with the remaining batter. Serve with a scattering of berries and a drizzle of honey.

    Wild berry pancakes
    Wild berry pancakes, from The Wilderness Cookbook by Phoebe Smith. © Liz Seabrook

This recipe is from The Wilderness Cookbook by Pheobe Smith, published by Bradt, £11.99.

The Wilderness Cookbook