Are you a camper or a glamper? I would rate myself somewhere in the middle I think. We always went tent camping when we were kids and it doesn’t bother me if there is no shower. But I do like to be comfortable and away from the ground and inside a tent away from the elements. One of my favorite things about camping is the campfire, whether it is being used for warmth or to roast marshmallows or hot dogs. It’s just so fun to cook your food on a stick! We recently went camping in NE Oregon and I wanted to create a fun dessert that we could use on our campfire.
I was contacted by Good’s Store to receive a product of their’s in exchange for this post. As always all opinions are my own.
Good’s Store is located in Pennsylvania and they have a wide variety of everyday household items and unique finds. They recently started their online store and ship to the US and Canada currently. When browsing their site I was immediately drawn to the sporting goods section since summer is in full swing! And when I saw the Double Pie Iron I knew it would work perfectly for the idea I had brewing in my head. I wanted to create a simple campfire dessert that didn’t require a bunch of ingredients that we would have to take with us. And this pie iron creates the perfect campfire dessert! And it could be used for plenty of other recipes besides pie. And the pie iron actually comes with some recipe ideas.
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Supplies Needed for Campfire Dessert
- Double Pie Iron
- Frozen ready-made pie dough
- Canned pie filling or canned fruit (I used Oregon’s brand of canned fruit)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Sprinkling of sugar
- Instant Tapioca granules (you will need this if you use fruit that is not thickened specifically for pie)
- Egg white and water (optional)
- Campfire, fire pit or propane stovetop
Properly Prepare the Pie Iron
This is one of those cases where I say: “do as I say, not as I do.” In my excitement to try out my new pie iron, I failed to read the directions on the insert about seasoning the iron first. Now I own several cast iron pans so you would think I would have remembered this since this pie iron is made out of cast iron but alas I did not. So my first attempt at making the pie in our fire pit did not turn out so great. Because my initial idea was to try it out at home in the fire pit and then bring everything along camping to make it at camp. Well, the pie ended up burning in the pie iron and had to be thrown out. I should have taken a picture of my disaster but I was feeling defeated at the time so I did not.
So after reading the seasoning directions, I didn’t have time to try it before we left so I just decided to bring it all along with us to camp and go from there. I seasoned it with oil and the propane stove while camping and followed the directions.
And because of fire season in Oregon, we did not light a campfire while we were camping but my parents did bring along their propane cook stove and it worked great! I do want to try the recipe again in our home fire pit but it will have to wait for fire season to end.
These instructions below are from my successful pie making the second time around, again MAKE SURE TO PROPERLY “SEASON” YOUR CAST IRON BEFORE STARTING!
Preparing Your Pie
First, prepare your pie dough, unroll it! Even though the pie iron is square and the pie dough is round I didn’t make any changes to the pie dough itself.
Then put about 1 Tbsp of butter in each side of the pie iron. (I spread it out all over the inside).
Campfire Pie Filling
The Oregon Berries brand of fruit that I used is basically just fruit in a light syrup and it is not thickened specifically for pie. (This was my other mistake when I tried at home in the fire pit.) So while camping I brought along Instant Tapioca granules to help with thickening. I placed the entire can of cherries in a saucepan, about 2 Tbsp of sugar and added 2 Tbsp of the Tapioca granules and let it simmer for about 5 minutes and then I let it sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. This allowed the tapioca to do it’s magic and it thickened beautifully. I added the sugar since the fruit was not heavily pre-sweetened. This would be a personal preference and you could add no sugar or as much as you like.
Place your dough over the opened pie iron and fill with your choice of pie filling. Fold the dough over and crimp the sides so that all the dough fits in one side of the iron and doesn’t hang over the edge (this would just burn off if it did hang over). Before closing the iron combine an egg white with about 1 Tbsp of water and brush over the top of the pie and sprinkle with some sugar. I didn’t use an egg wash while camping. I did however lightly spread some water over the top and sprinkled this with sugar before closing the pie-iron.
Cooking the Campfire Pie
So as I mentioned above we didn’t light a campfire due to the fire restrictions at the time we were camping. I lit our propane cook stove and put this on low and placed the iron over top letting it rest on the grill itself. Now I did move the iron to make sure it would get evenly cooked and did flip it over a couple times. After about 10 minutes I started opening the iron to see how it was cooking and to see which side might need more cook time. Once the crust is slightly brown it should be done and will easily slide out of the pie iron. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes if you can and then dig in! The aroma was so wonderful! We didn’t bring any whip cream or cool whip along this trip but if you so desire I think this would be an excellent addition!
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