Archive for April, 2018

Campfire Recipe: Pineapple Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Ok, we all know that when we pack fresh fruit for snacks while camping, there are times that some of it will begin to go bad before it is used. Well, you can either waste the food or create a recipe that utilizes ripe fruit. In this case, I am talking about bananas. Now, you do not have to wait until your banana peels turn dark brown and the fruit is squishy. Any banana will do but I have found this is a great recipe to keep back for later on in the camping trip to use up those ripe bananas.

Campfire Recipe:  Pineapple Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons of butter

¾ cup of dark brown sugar, packed

15 ½ ounce can of pineapple rings in juice

1 cup of sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup of all purpose flour

½ cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ripe banana

2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 large egg

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Steps

  1. Build fire to prepare the coals
  2. Prepare a 10 inch Dutch oven by lining it with parchment paper.
  3. Place a grilling rack above the fire. Put a small pan on the grilling rack and add butter. Melt.
  4. Once the butter is melted, pour on top of the parchment paper.
  5. Add packed dark brown sugar to the melted butter.
  6. Open the canned pineapple and drain juice into another container.
  7. Place pineapple rings in the bottom of the 10 inch Dutch oven in a single layer.
  8. Top the pineapple layer with flaked, sweetened coconut.
  9. In another bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix.
  10. Smash the banana and place in a small bowl.
  11. Measure ½ cup of the pineapple juice and add to the banana.
  12. Add egg to mixture in step 11. Beat to incorporate.
  13. Make a well in the flour mixture from step 9. Pour the liquid mixture from step 12 into this well and stir well.
  14. Pour this mixture over the coconut/pineapple layer in the 10 inch Dutch oven.
  15. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and move it to a heat resistant surface.
  16. Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  17. Put the 10 inch Dutch oven on the circle of coals.
  18. Cover the lid with 18 prepared coals. Cook for 25 minutes.
  19. After this time period has passed, gently remove the lid and test the doneness with a toothpick. If it comes out clean then it is done. On the other hand, if the toothpick is covered with dough, place the lid back on and cook for another 10 minutes.
  20. Once done, remove the coals from the lid and move the Dutch oven from the coals.

Allow the cake to sit 15 minutes before serving.

Camp Fire Recipe: All in One Breakfast-Toad in a Hole

Monday, April 16th, 2018

When I was going up, a Toad in a Hole was a piece of bread that had a hole in the middle with an egg cracked into it. The egg was cooked to the degree by which the person desired but there is another version of this dish and it is British. I never was aware of this until I had a British friend go camping with me.

Well, the morning started out wonderful. We both woke up bright and early. I prepare the fire, put the coffee on and asked if he wanted a Toad in a Hole. Well yes, he stated. I noticed he kind of looked at me a little strange. He finally said, I did not know you knew how to fix this dish. Well, a course, it is not brain science. Hummmm. As you can image, my Toad in a Hole was different than his. I will not go into how he took to my Toad in the Hold. I will leave that up to you to imagine but below is his British version of the Toad in a Hole.

Camp Fire Recipe:  All in One Breakfast-Toad in a Hole

Ingredients

6 nice plump sausages, not the precooked

2 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil

¾ cup of all purpose flour

½ teaspoon of salt

¾ cup of whole milk

1 Tablespoon of water

2 eggs

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Steps

  1. Prepare the coals by first building a fire.
  2. While the coals are heating up, place the flour and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Mix.
  3. In a smaller bowl, crack eggs and beat until fluffy.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture, add the milk and water slowly. Stir.
  5. Pour eggs into the flour mixture and beat until you begin to see bubbles appear.
  6. Put the mixture in a cooler of ice for 30 minutes.
  7. Place oil in a 12 inch Dutch oven and snuggle it into some of the prepared coals in the fire.
  8. Add sausages and brown them on one side.
  9. Once browned, flip the sausages over and place lid on the 12 inch Dutch oven.
  10. Cover the lid with prepared coals and allow to heat up for 10 minutes.
  11. After the time has passed, spread out the coals on the bottom into a circle.
  12. Remove the batter from the cooler and beat again.
  13. Carefully take the lid off the Dutch oven. Pour the batter on top of the sausage.
  14. Place the lid back on and add more prepared coals if needed.
  15. Cook for 15 minutes.
  16. To keep the Dutch oven at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, remove some the prepared coals.
  17. Continue to cook for 25 minutes more. Once this time has passed, remove the lid and check the doneness of the dough by poking it with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then it is done. If it comes up with dough on it then continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  18. After it is done, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the fire.

Serve as you would like.

Campfire Recipe: DIY Chocolate Pudding Cake

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

What do you do when one of your campers has a sweet tooth and is looking for something sweet to eat? Well, you can supply them with a quick fix from a candy bar or a bag of chocolate treats. But, if you really want to make an impression, why not plan for this event with a special dessert that looks difficult but you know otherwise.

Ok, yes a box mix would be quicker but………I promise you it is not as good and if you are going to light the fire you might as well make it worth it.

Campfire Recipe:  DIY Chocolate Pudding Cake

Ingredients

Liquid or spray oil

1 cup of all purpose flour

2 ¼ cup of granulated sugar

½ cup of unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons of baking powder

¼ teaspoon of salt

¾ cup of 2 percent milk

¼ cup of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 ½ cups of water

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Steps

  1. Create a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. In a large bowl, shift together the flour, ¾ cup of granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Place a grilling rack above the fire.
  4. Put a small, fire-proof saucepan on rack. Add 3 tablespoons to this saucepan and heat until the butter has melted.
  5. Add melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract to the flour mixture. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Set bowl aside.
  6. In a small Dutch oven, add 1 ½ cup of granulated sugar and water. Place on grilling rack, stir often, and cook until boiling. Once it boils, remove from the heat.
  7. Take a 10 inch Dutch oven and lightly grease.
  8. Move prepared Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface. Using 10 prepared coals create a circle and put the grease Dutch oven on top. Cover with lid. Add 16 to 18 prepared coals to the lid.
  9. Preheat Dutch oven for 5 minutes. Once this time has passed, remove the lid and put 1 tablespoon of butter inside and swirl around.
  10. Pour batter into the 10 inch Dutch oven. Slowly add the water mixture to the batter, which will splatter a bit. Do not stir the batter.
  11. Place the lid back on and cook for 15 minutes. After this time has passed, turn the lid 180 degrees and cook for another 10 minutes.

Once that time period has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and move the 10 inch Dutch oven from the circle of coals. All the Dutch oven to sit for 15 minutes before serving the cake.