If you are going to learn one way to cook while camping, make it the Dutch Oven. The Dutch Oven is a perfect tool for campfire cooking. You can let time do the work for you, you can experiment and still make tasty meals, and you can make any type of meal with your Dutch Oven. What's that? Don't believe me? Everyone knows you can make great dinners, but you can make great breads and desserts, too.
Dutch Oven Bread
This bread is simple, easy to cook, and only has a handful of ingredients. Odds are you are going to want to prepare this at home and let it rise while you travel to your campsite. If you have the time and the means you can make it right at the campsite.
You will need :
1 / 4 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1 and 1 / 2 cups warm water for dissolving
3 Cups All Purpose Flour (plus up to a half a cup for dusting)
1 and 1 / 2 Teaspoon salt
In a large bowl dissolve the Yeast in the water. Read the directions on the Yeast for the exact amount of time. Add the flour and the salt to the water and yeast mixture and mix well. This is going to be a very wet dough, so be careful. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for at least 8 hours.
At the campsite you want to take the dough out and dust a work surface with flour. Sprinkle a thin layer of flour over the dough and fold it twice. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
Take some more flour so the dough does not stick to you or your work surface. Roll it into a ball and place it so the seam is down. Cover that with a towel for another hour or two.
While the dough is resting, take your Dutch Oven and add some oil or butter to the bottom to make it slick. Now place it in the fire. We're looking for around 500 degrees. Let this get hot for at least 20 minutes before the dough is ready. Once it is ready put the dough in, seam down, and cover. If you are having trouble keeping it hot, add some coals to the top of the lid. Let this bake for 30 minutes and then remove the lid, make sure no coals fall onto your bread. And let this bake for another 20 minutes uncovered.
Simple Cobbler Template
Okay, that bread recipe may have been too much for you. So with this recipe let's make something easy, but flexible. You can add whatever fruits you want and whatever style of cake mix. This means you can make something new each day, or you can experiment until you get the perfect recipe.
You will need :
1 Box of Cake Mix
12 Ounces of Sprite (or Seven-Up if that's how you roll)
2 Cans of Pie Filling
Put down some Tin Foil on the bottom of your Dutch Oven. Pour in your Pie Filling. In a bowl mix your Cake Mix and your Soda. Lumps are okay. Pour that over the Pie Filling. Top your Dutch Oven. Put it over a few coals and cover the lid with coals (there should be more coals on top than on the bottom). Bake that for about 20 minutes, until the cake is nice and golden brown.
These are very easy recipes to make. With time you can master the Dutch Oven and with that comes an amazing array of meals. You can make anything ranging from breads, to desserts, to breakfast, to dinner. These two recipes are your gateway to mastering the Dutch Oven.