Slowly but surely, summer is slinking out the door, taking its hot afternoons and sultry nights with it. But don’t worry because a) it’ll be back next year, and b) September and October are ideal months for camping and hiking trips. As soon as the temperatures go down, we find ourselves hankering for a nice bonfire. A bonfire isn’t just cosy and super-romantic, it’s also great for taking the chill off an autumn evening. We’ve got the best tips for the perfect bonfire, including some tasty treats. And don’t forget: your favourite RAWBITE bar is the perfect dessert!
What’s a bonfire without bread on a stick!
Quick, quick, quick: drum up all your friends – because today’s bread on a stick day! This tasty treat is usually made with a yeasted dough, and you can add any sweet or savoury ingredients you like. To make, take 500g flour, 1 cube of fresh yeast, 200ml oat or soya milk, 100ml oil, a pinch of salt and ½ tsp agave syrup. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl; heat the milk until it’s lukewarm; crumble the yeast into the milk with the syrup and oil. Mix well and add the flour. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave the dough to rise in a warm place until it has roughly doubled in size. Knead the dough again and, if you like, add chopped herbs (like thyme, oregano rosemary or dried, chopped chillies) or more agave syrup. Take a stick (hazel is good), remove the bark and sharpen the end with a penknife. Wrap a strip of dough around the stick in a spiral and hold over the coals. Turn your stick to make sure the bread cooks from all sides. Your bread is ready to eat once it has browned evenly.
The bonfire rules
Due to the severe threat of forest fires, open fires are prohibited in many places. If you’re thinking about having a bonfire in your garden, it’s best to call the local authorities and ask about any restrictions. That also applies to parks and public spaces; the rules will vary depending on where you are. If in doubt, take a quick look on the local police website. Fire baskets and bowls are a good alternative; some communities even provide them in public spaces or parks. And wile they may not be the quite same as a crackling bonfire, they are legal and safe.
Top 10 fireside songs for a great sing-along!
There are a few non-negotiable ingredients for a perfect evening around a bonfire. Music is definitely one of them – ideally accompanied by a guitar. Here’s a playlist with our top ten bonfire favs! Sound on!
- Let It Be – The Beatles
- Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
- Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
- House of Rising Sun – The Animals
- Come As You Are – Nirvana
- Wonderwall – Oasis
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- American Pie – Don McLean
- Imagine – John Lennon
Another fireside snack
It’s one of life’s great laws that you always get hungry when you’re outside in the fresh air. And we’ve got the perfect solution for fireside munchies: bonfire pizza bread! So what do you need? Not much! Two slices of bread (white or brown) per person, cheese, your choice of tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms, salami or ham, basil and oregano, tomato paste or ketchup, and some aluminium foil. Spread ketchup or tomato paste on the bread, sprinkle on some chopped herbs and any other ingredients you like. Fold the bread like a sandwich and wrap it in foil. It may be an idea to mark your pizza pack with a pen to avoid mix-ups. Using a pair of tongs, lay your bonfire pizza in the coals close to the edge. Turn two or three times, remove and enjoy! Yum!
Enjoy every Bite