Well-being is really important, especially if you are working outside all day in the cold and rain. So with that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my favourite outdoor cooking treats, suitable for a day on the woods or a Forest School.
You’ll notice there are no times for any of these recipes, that’s because fire baking isn’t as consistent as using an oven. I’ve found the best guide is my nose. As soon as the smells start wafting, I start checking!
How to bake a cake in a dutch oven on a campfire
The cake in the picture above is cooked in a dutch oven, which is a big cast iron pot with a lid. The lid is designed so you can put embers on top and heat it from above. You don’t need to have a special dutch oven, any pan that is suitable for the fire can be used with an oversize lid (to stop ash dropping in). One good tip is to turn the pan lid upside down. The lid then stops the small bits of embers falling off.
You can use this technique to bake any kind of cake, biscuit or bread. On a recent Kindling training course Cheryl and Belinda brought a ready made cake mix along to try that.
How to make Bannock on a campfire
Bannock: This is a very traditional way to make unyeasted bread and is very flexible recipe.
How to bake macaroon’s on a campfire – without a pan!
You can also bake without lugging pans around. I’ve been baking using hazel leaves to wrap a little bit of biscuit dough or cake mix and then pop the parcels onto a hot stone or pan for 10- 15 minutes or so.
This macaroon recipe also works really well cooked this way.
You can also use foil for baking instead of leaves but I’m trying to find natural alternatives to foil because of the number of times I have found a nice fire place to cook in and someone has left it full of half burnt aluminium foil. But that said here is another classic outdoor on a fire baking trick. Chocolate pudding in an orange.
This pudding is pretty simple. Cut the top of the orange off and scoop out all the flesh. Half fill the empty shell with a regular cake mix, I think chocolate cake mix works well. Cook in the embers until those smells start wafting!
Yum! all these treats are making me peckish. I’d better go and chop some wood for the fire so I can really work up an appetite!
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