Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cookfire Week : Final Day, Just Desserts

As mentioned earlier in the week, one can bake over a fire quite handily with the involvement of a Dutch oven. One can build an oven, as well, with bricks or a wire frame and piled earth. But it's awfully disappointing when it collapses midway through baking the custard. Been there, done that.

As promised--the easiest cobbler ever. It's only five ingredients:

Butter
Milk
Sugar
Self-Rising Flour
Pie filling of your choice--homemade or canned

No, I didn't include quantities--because it's all in proportion. So--the batter is: 1 part milk to 1 part sugar to 1 part self-rising flour. You'll need 1 stick of butter for each "part" above, and roughtly 1 can of pie filling (this part can be less precise).

Mix together the milk, sugar, and flour. Melt the butter in the Dutch oven, set over the coals you will be using to bake. (Or, you know, on your stove.) When the butter is melted, pour in the batter. The butter will form a natural "shell" around it. Dollop the pie filling over the top. Pop the lid on the Dutch, pile on the coals, and bake. Until it's done. With the fire, exact numbers are hard to come by, but give yourself at least an hour.

We didn't make this last weekend--instead, we made apple pie turnovers. We peeled apples, added sugar, flour, and spices to make pie filling, and then, instead of using a pie plate and making a pie, we put the filling inside pastry and folded it up. Then it was baked on a tin plate in the Dutch oven. Easy enough, and no need for "special" equipment like a pie pan. And it was crazy tasty.

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