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Monday, August 30, 2010

Campfire Pies - Easy and Delicious!

Fall is our favorite time to go camping as a family.  The cool crisp air, the roaring campfires, hikes around the park, and making delicious food over the fire.  Nothing else tastes like food cooked over an open campfire - wouldn't you agree?

Some of my favorite memories are from my childhood when my parents would take us camping in Michigan.  We would take two weeks every summer and camp right on Lake Huron.  Daddy would make eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee right over the open fire a few times while we were up there.  I'd awaken to the wonderful smells of bacon cooking and that was just the thing to get me out of my warm sleeping bag!  If I close my eyes even now (I'm 40-something!) I can still smell the bacon and the coffee and hear the sound of the lake lapping at the shore. 

My brother and I would sit at the picnic table under our yellow and blue canopy while Dad cooked and Momma made sure we ate our vitamins and had orange juice to go with our breakfast.  We huddled there with toes curling in our shoes and snuggled into sweatshirts first thing in the morning because it was rather cold on the lake first thing.

Those were some of the best times of my life and I'll always be thankful for all Mom and Dad did to get us there every year.  Now that we camp with our two girls, I understand even more what it takes to make a camping trip memorable.

Campfire pies are a delicious and easy way to enjoy a main meal or a dessert at the campsite.  This is a recipe for a personal campfire dessert pie - it's delicious and oh-so-easy to make!

Campfire Pie 
  • Pie Iron - also called a sandwich maker
  • Butter (or margarine)
  • Your favorite pie filling 
  • Bread - your choice 
The campfire should be hot, but not blazing.  This one is a bit high for cooking a campfire pie!  However, it's perfect for roasting marshmallows for S'mores! 

If you've already enjoyed lunch or dinner over the fire, it shouldn't take too much to get it good and hot again to cook your campfire pie.

Butter one side each of two pieces of bread.

Place the buttered sides down into the pie iron.  (This photo also shows the pie filling added...I forgot to take a photo of just the buttered bread in the pie iron.)

Next, spread your favorite pie filling on one piece of bread.  We love apple pie filling, but you can use cherry pie filling or anything else you like.

 Close the pie iron, secure it, and head for the campfire.

Hold or place the pie irons over the fire for about 10 minutes or until your campfire pie has reached desired "doneness".  It doesn't hurt to flip the pie iron over after about 5 minutes to get both sides nice and brown.

You can make delicious ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, and pizza sandwiches with pie irons too!

Campfire cooking is fun and easy if you have the right tools available.  Take the time to cook over the fire together as a family.  Your children will have those wonderful memories for years to come!

All my best to you,