Archive for September, 2018

Camp Fire Recipe: Cream Biscuits

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

When I was in elementary school, there was no such things as the heat and eat processed food that kids eat today. Grandmothers and mothers would show up early in the morning to begin the process of cooking our lunch. Homemade chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, and beef stew were just a few of the delicious main courses that we were served. Along with these dishes, we had fresh vegetables along with fruit. No we did not always have a dessert. This dish was reserved for special occasions and frankly no one ever complained. Ok, I know you are wondering why. The answer is simple. We had angel biscuits or at least that is what we called them. They were fluffy and sweet. While they were not meant to be a dessert, many kids saved them for last and there would be a fight if there were seconds on angel biscuits.

These biscuits were so loved that I have tried for many years to make them with not much success until now. I often wondered how they were able to cook so many at one time. The recipe below is an easy one that does not require kneading. While I am sure this is not the exact angel biscuit recipe of my youth, I can tell you it is a close second. 

Camp Fire Recipe:  Cream Biscuits

Ingredients

Liquid or spray oil

2 cups of self-rising flour

1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar

1 ½ cups of heavy cream

1 to 2 Tablespoons butter

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Steps

  1. Build a fire to prepare the coals for cooking.
  2. Lightly grease a 10 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Measure out the flour and place in a medium size mixing bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and heavy cream.
  5. Only mix these ingredients until incorporated. Do not over mix. If this is done, your biscuits will be tough.
  6. Take the dough and form into little balls. Place the balls of dough in the 10 inch Dutch oven close together. If you find that the dough is sticky, rub a little bit of flour on your hands to reduce the amount of dough that clings to your hands.
  7. Once all the balls have been formed, put your butter in a small saucepan and melt over the heat of the fire.
  8. After the butter has melted, brush over the balls (rolls) in the Dutch oven.
  9. Place the lid on and move the 10 inch Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  10.  Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  11.  Put the Dutch oven on top of these coals and completely cover the lid with prepared coals.
  12.  Cook for 20 minutes.
  13. After that time has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the circle of coals on the bottom.

 Serve these simple biscuits the way they are or provide melted butter and jelly to add to the sweetness of this easy dish.

Product Review: A Camper’s Friend the Stanley Accuscape Folding Saw

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Ok, let’s just say that nothing is as discouraging as trying to cut a log down into smaller pieces with a wire saw. Yes, it will work but it takes time and when I say time I mean time. Small branches are fine but larger pieces of wood that you want to add to the fire for a longer burn take forever to cut with a wire saw. The other issue is the fact that the longer it takes you to cut your wood, the longer it will take you to get warm and/or prepare food. But……….who wants to carry a large hand saw around with them in the backcountry? Not me. Besides the weight, which is minimal, the safety issue of a saw hanging off your pack or belt loop is very dangerous. But what choice do you have? I mean, you are limited when you are in the backcountry. Well, there is an alternative and let me tell you about it.

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The Stanley Accuscape folding saw is an answer to my prayers when it comes to cutting wood in the backcountry. While it is not your usual camping tool and frankly it is found in the garden section, it works wonders. The size itself may be a bit too big for your pack but it is the perfect size to hang off your belt loop or backpack. The hole in the handle is just the right size for a leather loop or large carbineer but on that note though there is a design flaw. When the saw is folded back, there is a metal tail that can be seen in the hole. This flaw can cut what you run through the hole, so be careful.

Beyond this flaw, this folding saw is made of durable material that will cut many logs along the trail. Also, the locking mechanism is strong enough that it will continue to work and protect for many years.

While I do plan to still carry my wire saw, the Stanley Accuscape folding saw is one that I plan to hang off my pack every time I hit the trail. Since this folding saw takes up such little space, it is worth the luxury to carry both the wire and folding saw. But, please always remember to only use downed wood to build your camp fire and before moving on, make sure that your fire is cold.

Campfire Recipe: Simple Peach Crisp

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Nothing beats a good crisp at camp but……..no one wants to take hours to make it. This recipe is one that I return to time and time again. I have used several different kinds of fruit, including peaches, apples, cherries, and even plums. I have cleaned out my camp kitchen and combined canned fruits that I had to create a delicious dessert. I have also used other spices that I combined with the cinnamon to add more flavor. These have included ground nutmeg, ground ginger, candied ginger, and ground allspice, just to name a few. All in all, I have changed the recipe according to what I had around the camp if it was not a planned dessert.

While the recipe below serves four, do not distress if you need more. Simply double or triple all the ingredients in the recipe but not the Dutch oven. Whether you are doubling or tripling the recipe, a 12 inch Dutch oven will work. Do not have a 12 inch Dutch oven, no worries. Two 12 inch cast iron skillets will work just fine. Fill one with your crisp ingredients and flip the other one over as a lid. Proceed with the recipe with 12 prepared coals on the bottom and 16 to 18 coals on top. No the two skillet approach is not perfect, it will work fine for this crisp. 

Campfire Recipe:  Simple Peach Crisp

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

2 15 ounce cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup

1/3 cup of flour

1/3 cup of firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 old fashioned oats

¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

¼ cup of butter or margarine

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Steps

  1. Prepare the coals for cooking by building a fire.
  2. Lightly grease an 8 inch Dutch oven with spray or liquid oil.
  3. Drain the two cans of peaches.
  4. Place the drained peaches in the Dutch oven.
  5. Combine the flour, firmly packed brown sugar, old fashioned oats, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix.
  6. Take the butter or margarine and squish the ingredients together until they are crumbly.
  7. Top the peaches with this crumb mixture.
  8. Place the lid on the 8 inch Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  9. Arrange eight prepared coals on the heat resistant surface and top with the Dutch oven.
  10.  Put 12 to 14 prepared coals on the lid.
  11.  Cook for 25 minutes.
  12. After the time has been reached, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the ring of coals.

 Serve.