Maple Bacon Breakfast Biscuits

Serves 2 to 4

Smoky bacon and the flavor of real maple make these biscuits a great breakfast treat on the trail.

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or shortening
1 1/2 tablespoons maple flakes or maple sugar
3 tablespoons shelf-stable bacon bits (not simulated bacon bits)
1/2 cup water

At Home: Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together once and place them in a ziplock bag. Package the butter (or shortening) separately, and put it in the ziplock bag with the dry ingredients. Wrap the maple flakes or maple sugar and bacon bits separately in plastic wrap and add the packages to the ziplock bag of other ingredients.

At Camp: Mix 1 tablespoon of butter (or shortening) with the flour mixture using your fingertips until the mixture looks like small beans. Add in the maple flakes and bacon bits. Mix in 1/2 cup of water until you have very soft dough. Do not knead. Shape into 6 biscuits.

Place in a pan lined with parchment paper for baking. Bake for 20 minutes. If you are preparing these in a frying pan, cook until they're golden on the bottom; then flip them and cook until they're done.

Tip: Do not use margarine or oil because it will make the biscuits tough and they will not cook properly.

© 2005 Laurie Ann March
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