The pie iron is a great tool for making quick, hot sandwiches and desserts. It’s something the kids can do with a little supervision. Most kids eat a lot on a camping trip and having a set of pie irons will help with that chore while giving them a hot snack. The best thing about cooking with a pie iron is the simplicity for anyone to use which makes it fun for the whole family.
The pie iron can be made of different metals like cast iron, aluminum or stamped sheet metal with long handles and a latch to keep it closed. The best ones are made of cast iron, being heavier and usually of higher quaility creates a better tasting sandwich. The cast iron pie irons are seasoned the same way as any other cast iron cooking utensil. They could last a lifetime with proper care. The more you use them the blacker and better they are, eventually having that nonstick coating that everyone loves.
We like this recipe for its versatility. At home we enjoy it as a dessert, but when camping we like it as a hearty and filling breakfast. It matches up nice with a hot cup of coffee.
1 can Peaches or Peach Pie Filling
16 oz Oatmeal
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
Mix all ingredients including juice from peaches. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let stand. The oatmeal needs time to soak up all the juice from the peaches. If the peach oatmeal mixture is too stiff, stir in a little water. Line a 10″ Dutch Oven with parchment paper (for easy clean up later). Pour mixture into Dutch Oven and smooth out evenly. Start with 20 charcoal briquettes. Use 5 on bottom and the remaining spaced evenly around the rim. Bake for about 45 minutes or until brown and bubbly on top.
If it is windy or cold add a few more briquettes as needed. If making this at home, bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Remember to rotate the oven and then the lid 90 degrees to even out the heat. This should be done for all camp recipes after the first 20 – 30 minutes of cooking.
This recipe can be made with any available canned fruits. Nuts and Raisins can be added to round out this easy dessert.