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Campfire Baking with No Clean Up

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Is it possible? Sure it is!

Parchment paper is a wonderful item. It seals in flavor, keeps in moisture, and makes sticky and hard to clean pots a thing of the past. Parchment paper is non stick, porous and heat resistant, which makes it an absolute necessity when it comes to baking while camping. Using parchment paper also means that you use less fat. 

What's that you say? You've never baked while camping?

Well, then, you haven't lived.

One of my very favorite desserts to make while camping - besides s'mores, of course! - is dump cake. When packing for your trip, grab your favorite flavor of cake mix, a can of pie filling and hide a stick of butter down in the ice of your cooler. When you have a good set of coals, that is, not a raging fire - line your 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Dump the pie filling into the pan and then dump the dry cake mix over it. Spread it around evenly, and dot with the stick of butter. Cover the pan with foil and set it inside the coals to bake about 20 minutes. Check for doneness, and then remove from coals when no longer gooey. Flip the pan over onto a plate, peel away the parchment paper, and Voila!

You have a delicious dessert wtih almost no clean up. Try vanilla cake mix with blueberry pie filling, or chocolate cake mix with cherries. Lemon cake mix is delicious with blueberries, and strawberry cake mix with strawberry filling is scrumptious.

What do you like to bake when you are camping? Have you ever used parchment paper on a camping trip?


by on Jul. 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Bronze Member on Jul. 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM


Quoting powow65:

Whoa! I never of that! That's awesome! :)

 I know...I wanna start a pit just so I can try dump cake ! Peach Filling is calling my name !

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by Silver Member on Jul. 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Im not a camper
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by Member on Jul. 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I learned how to cook on campfire in college (along with packing mules and playing with cow ponies) and I agree there is nothing like a whole meal cooked in cast iron dutch ovens, tin foil wrapped packages and seared over the open flame. It's hard to pick one favorite when it comes to cooking on the campfire but I would say at the top of the list would be dinner rolls/corn bread or yummy apple crisp.

It never crossed my mind to use parchment paper but I might have to give it a shot. When it comes to doing dishes adding a little water and putting the pot back over hot coals to cook off the mess isn't really much of a fuss. 

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I've never cooked while camping! I'll keep this in mind.

Cafe Kate
by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM
This is such a good idea!!
by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM
OMG - what an AWESOME idea. We don't camp much, but I'm putting a camping trip on the agenda just to try this recipe!!
by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I have never been camping yet.

by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

But I would love to go.

by New Member on Jul. 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Wow you make it sound so easy.  Makes me want to go camping!   LOL   Can't wait to try it

by New Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 4:52 PM

YUMMMMMMMY I've actually made this cake but not while camping. Im excited to give it a try. baking

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