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doubledown
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08/01/2017 11:04AM
When I'm camping, one of the best side dishes I can think of corn bread made in a dutch oven...it always turns out great. Unfortunately, my dutch oven is 18 lbs and isn't going to make the cut for the trip.

I've made primitive ovens before and baked brownies in the bush, but I'm just curious what others' tricks/tips are for baking at camp WITHOUT a dutch oven.

I sure would love a meal of fried fish and corn bread...
 
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08/01/2017 12:10PM
Why not just make johnny cake? Basically pan flipped cornbread patties that look like pancakes. It'll still be cornbread.
08/01/2017 12:27PM
I have a bunch of camp pot with lids that fit tight upside down on the pot. Often used as lightweight DO's. I use MSR Alpine series pots. Here it's a big biscuit but cornbread come out as well!



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billconner
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08/01/2017 06:13PM
Jello mold oven does cornbread wonderfully.
Northwoodsman
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08/01/2017 07:44PM
I plan on using my new Old Scout Reflector Oven this fall. I found a super light 8" pizza pan and a round baking pan for it.
OldFingers57
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08/02/2017 05:57PM
In Scouts we used to use 3 aluminum pie pans to make cornbread and crescent rolls in. Pie Pan dutch oven
08/02/2017 07:32PM
The jello mold oven did fine for cornbread this trip. Premeasured Ovaeasy eggs and nido milk sealed with the vacuum sealer made it pretty easy. Just mix eggs and milk with appropriate amount of water then mix in the cornbread mix and pour in the jello mold. and cover with the pie pan. we did 1/2 the cornbread mix per package since it was just the 2 of us. It probably would be ok fried in a skillet too as fritters. I really hated the non egg cornbread, so this was considered a success.
08/03/2017 06:03AM
quote Freeleo1: "The jello mold oven did fine for cornbread this trip. Premeasured Ovaeasy eggs and nido milk sealed with the vacuum sealer made it pretty easy. Just mix eggs and milk with appropriate amount of water then mix in the cornbread mix and pour in the jello mold. and cover with the pie pan. we did 1/2 the cornbread mix per package since it was just the 2 of us. It probably would be ok fried in a skillet too as fritters. I really hated the non egg cornbread, so this was considered a success. "

That's exactly how I did it once I had my jello mold oven! Before that I used to make the corn meal pancakes and with real maple syrup, they were yummy, too. Throw in a little freeze-dried corn, let it sit a few minutes, fry up in a bit of oil or liquid Parkay, and you have great "corn fritters".
billconner
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08/03/2017 06:19AM
quote Freeleo1: "The jello mold oven did fine for cornbread this trip. Premeasured Ovaeasy eggs and nido milk sealed with the vacuum sealer made it pretty easy. Just mix eggs and milk with appropriate amount of water then mix in the cornbread mix and pour in the jello mold. and cover with the pie pan. we did 1/2 the cornbread mix per package since it was just the 2 of us. It probably would be ok fried in a skillet too as fritters. I really hated the non egg cornbread, so this was considered a success. "

I think you left out copius amounts of butter - or ghee in my case. :)

Jiffy Mix or other? That's my goto for cornbread, cakes, brownies, and muffins.

And I usually use fresh eggs.
Savage Voyageur
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08/03/2017 07:24PM
No need to bring cast iron. I have used an outback oven, a Coleman oven, and a reflector oven to make them. I have seen the jello mold oven work as well.
08/07/2017 11:03PM
quote Spartan2:
That's exactly how I did it once I had my jello mold oven! Before that I used to make the corn meal pancakes and with real maple syrup, they were yummy, too. Throw in a little freeze-dried corn, let it sit a few minutes, fry up in a bit of oil or liquid Parkay, and you have great "corn fritters"."


Corn fritters sound good. I second the real maple syrup. It's well worth the weight. We had the dehydrated mountain house syrup on the 1st trip. It was awful and I don't think it was really any lighter. And yes Billconnor, we had plenty of butter too!
BuckFlicks
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08/10/2017 11:51AM
My preferred mix is (I think) a Texas brand from Morrison Mills, called (unimaginatively) Corn Kits. They also make Pan Kits and Bis Kits.

doubledown
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08/21/2017 01:41PM
Hey guys,

I got back about a week ago and we ended up using the cornbread mix (Trader Joes) to make Johnny Cakes. Went very well with fried walleye and pike. I love Traders Joe's mix because it doesn't have a bunch of toxic garbage in it like most other brands and it's got real corn kernels in it.

One note about Trader Joe's mix is that the recipe asks for an egg. We had a guy on our trip whose diet doesn't allow him to eat eggs. We made one batch of the corn bread with and one batch without the (dehydrated) egg...made a huge difference. The cakes w/ egg held together much better. The non-egg batch still tasted good, but was crumbly and more of a topping than a griddle cake.

Thanks again for the input and suggestions...I really like the 3 pie pan dutch idea. May very well try that on the next trip.
Savage Voyageur
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08/21/2017 05:25PM
I have made cornbread many times, all without cast iron. One way is to make a big round loaf in my outback oven. Or put the mix in muffin cups that are tin foil on the outside and paper on the inside the same stove.
You can also cook them in a reflector oven with fire in a square pan. Or the last way I have made them is in a Coleman camp oven over a Coleman camp stove. Easy and very good with my dehydrated chili.
OldFingers57
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08/21/2017 07:05PM
quote doubledown: "Hey guys,


I got back about a week ago and we ended up using the cornbread mix (Trader Joes) to make Johnny Cakes. Went very well with fried walleye and pike. I love Traders Joe's mix because it doesn't have a bunch of toxic garbage in it like most other brands and it's got real corn kernels in it.


One note about Trader Joe's mix is that the recipe asks for an egg. We had a guy on our trip whose diet doesn't allow him to eat eggs. We made one batch of the corn bread with and one batch without the (dehydrated) egg...made a huge difference. The cakes w/ egg held together much better. The non-egg batch still tasted good, but was crumbly and more of a topping than a griddle cake.


Thanks again for the input and suggestions...I really like the 3 pie pan dutch idea. May very well try that on the next trip. "




Just go to your local thrift store like Salvation Army or Goodwill store to get the pie pans. Usually they are $0.88 at mine. When you use the setup just use like a Dutch oven and have more charcoals on top then under it. I usually do 4 under and 8-10 on too.
BuckFlicks
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08/24/2017 03:22PM
quote Spartan2:
That's exactly how I did it once I had my jello mold oven! Before that I used to make the corn meal pancakes and with real maple syrup, they were yummy, too. Throw in a little freeze-dried corn, let it sit a few minutes, fry up in a bit of oil or liquid Parkay, and you have great "corn fritters"."


Those sound awesome. I want to make some this weekend, and I'm not even camping.
Tony
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08/28/2017 10:03PM
I use an outback oven to make my Cornbread on a camp stove. I use a mix called Marie Callender's which is a just add water mix. Turns out great.








Tony
 
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