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Snobrød (Campfire Bread)


Snobrød is to a Dane, what s’mores is to an American kid. Here is how it works: You wind long strips of dough around a stick, and if you are lucky there is a hot dog on the stick as well. Then you toast it, twirling it over the fire until it is golden and perfectly done (the patient kids), or black and crunchy on the outside and mostly sticky raw on the inside (the rest of us). It doesn’t matter… because by then you are starving and since you have cooked it yourself it is (almost) the most delicious thing you have ever eaten.

You need

1 1/2 cup warm water
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil + a little extra
12 Hot dogs
Long sticks, bamboo poles or metal skewers
Ketchup and mustard

To make 12 “snakes”

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, mix the warm water and the yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. If you have a standing mixer let it mix for 5 minutes with the dough hook, otherwise transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until smooth, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if the dough is very sticky. Keep kneading for at least 5 minutes. This is hard work, so you should get your kids to do it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let your dough rise in a warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Punch the dough down and drizzle it with olive oil. Put in a large portable bowl with a lid. Or you can also divide the dough into 12 balls, and drop each one into a small oiled jar or small container.

Light a fire and let it burn down so most of the flames are gone and you just have red coals.

Thread your hotdog lengthwise onto your stick. Take a small plum sized clump of dough, roll it into a snake and wrap it around the hotdog. Hold your stick over the fire slowly twisting it until the bread is golden and done and the hotdog toasty warm. It probably won’t all be golden, some parts will be burnt and there might be a few impatient people eating more dough than bread, but that is part of the summer tradition.

Tip: Of course you do not need a fire pit for this. A small BBQ on a patio works just as well, or even an indoor fireplace. Just make sure the fire has burnt down low.

Important: PLEASE teach your kids how dangerous a fire can be and how to behave around it. Also to be careful with sticks that have pokey ends.


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  1. Susan says:

    My Half American/half Danish daughter requested snøbrod for her 10th birthday dinner, this article and recipe are fantastic! This site is a great discovery, thank you!

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