Re: Camp Pumpkin Pie?
Steve Tobin (srtobin@SKYPOINT.COM)
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 23:41:22 +0000
> >I have been asked to bake a pumpkin pie in a reflector oven on our next
> >camping trip........HHHHEEEELLLPPPP!
Back in the '60's I was crew cook for my Boundary Waters canoe trip
out of Sommers canoe base. We used a reflector oven to bake a loaf
of bannock every night for lunch the next day. We also made pizza,
biscuits and pie for various meals. I worked very well for us, and I
remember the bannock it made fondly even now. I had the advantage of
a guide who was an outstanding cook to teach me, and 8 days under
fire (so to speak) to learn the technique, but anyone shoould be able
to learn it if you practice a little.
A fairly hot fire is needed, but not a roaring blaze. A moderate
fire, well tended, is what you are aming for. It should have a good
bed of coals and some flame, a little higher than the top of the
oven. Look in the handbooks how to construct a reflecting backstop
for the fire to go opposite the oven. A flat rock, log wall, or a
cookie sheet all work fine. You can then adjust the distance between
the fire and oven for the proper temperature.
Pay attention to getting good heat to the top of the pie, and rotate
it occassionaly to help it bake even. Experience and a good fire are
the key. If you need to err with the fire, make it on the large size.
You can always back off the oven.
The reflector oven may not be the most efficient device, but if wood
is a plentiful resource where you are camping it is still a viable
tool. And lighter than a Dutch oven :^)
Steve Tobin, SM Troop 39
Cannon Falls, MN Gamehaven Council
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