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Pan de Campo

The official state bread of Texas.

In 2005 the Texas Legislature declared an official state bread, citing that it be “only right and proper” for Pan de campo to be so named as the State Bread of Texas.

A durable, portable flatbread made from the most basic ingredients only flour, baking powder, salt, fat, and water, and easily cooked in a traditional Dutch oven out on the range. It can also be cooked in a greased cast-iron skillet in your own kitchen. Mesquite wood coals from south Texas gave this giant, flat biscuit a crusty outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Cut in wedges, it can be served as a side, to most any main course like chili or carne guisada.

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Also known as “camp bread” or “cowboy bread”. For trailing herds moving north, there’s no doubt this would have been cooked at cowboy camp by those outfits lucky to have a chuck wagon cook, Cocinero, of Mexican heritage. It’s popularity never waned in South Texas, often appearing at festivals, or ferias.

This recipe and many others are included in my upcoming cookbook KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’, from TwoDot Books. Much thanks to those who have already pre-ordered, and I’m sorry to announce another publishing delay due to the recent pandemic. Publication date has been moved to June 2021.

If you know of any group or club who’d be interested in a presentation about food on the great cattle trail, I’ll be booking talks beginning Fall of 2021. I’d love to hear from you! Click on the Contact tab above.

Natalie Bright is a blogger and author of books for kids and adults. Her newest books, the Wild Cow Ranch series is a Christian Romance at Amazon in eBook and print formats. Click here to purchase. Also the upcoming KEEP ‘EM FULL AND KEEP ‘EM ROLLIN’: The All-American Chuck Wagon Cookbook is slated for June 2021. With over 100 recipes, cattle drive history, archival photos, and her own Texas ranch photography, you can bring a taste of the old West to your kitchen! The cookbook is available NOW for pre-order at all online bookstores.