Sure, you could buy a loaf of bread from the store to take camping. But have you ever tried baking some over your campfire? It tastes so much fresher than regular bread, and it’s not as complicated to pull off as you may think.
Some people use old kitchen pans for campfire cooking, but the open flames always leave them charred and destroyed. Instead, check out this easy, creative idea we found from Sunglowart on Instructables. It only requires a cheap clay flowerpot, some pre-made dough from home, cooking oil, aluminum foil, and an open campfire or BBQ grill.
What you’re going to need:
- A small clay flowerpot
- Vegetable/olive oil
- Aluminum foil
- Bread dough (ready-made bread mix or with added-in herbs)
Step One: Clean out your pot.
Thoroughly rinse out your pot with water. Then, apply a thick coat of oil (vegetable or olive oil) to the inside and let it dry (which should be right away). Then apply a generous second coat.
Step Two: Cover the hole at the base of your pot with aluminum foil.
Apply another layer of oil to the top of the foil.
Step Three: Drop in your dough.
Make sure you leave about 1/3 of space at the top to allow plenty of room for the bread to rise. Gently brush over the dough with another good layer of oil.
Step Four: Cover it up with tin foil.
Voilà! Your bread’s now ready to cook. You’ll want to leave a dome at the top of the aluminum foil, to give the bread more room to rise.
Step Five: Baking time.
Place the pot directly on the hot coals in your campfire, or even just on your BBQ grill at home. It should be ready in about twenty minutes – and the fresh smell will certainly let you know when it’s close.
Step Six: Time to eat!
Careful to remove the flowerpot out of your firepit using tongs, and let it cool off a good 3-5 minutes. As tempting as it may be, giving your fluffy bread enough time to completely cool off will just make your life that much easier in the long run.
If you try pulling the loaf out right away, the bread will usually stick inside – but if you’re patient and allow it to cool off all the way, the edges will harden and it will be much easier to slide out of the pot.