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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
Published: September 1, 2019 at 5:59 pm

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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Phoebe Smith is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, presenter and broadcaster (specialising in adventure, the outdoors and wildlife conservation).


  • 1 Egg
  • 250ml Milk
  • 350g Self-raising flour
  • Butter, or splash of cooking oil
  • ⅓ 400g can Berries, 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

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