So, in another thread I mentioned that my most prized camping accessory is our C. Palmer mountain pie makers, most probably call them or know them as pie irons, and I've even heard them called hobo pie makers.
They come in several different configurations, square, round, double square, rectangle, double hotdog, and I think I've even seen a popcorn maker.
I happen to have C. Palmers heavy duty aluminum non-stick square ones with the crinkle edge seal. C. Palmer has been around for a long time and they are made West Newton, PA. I know that many would prefer the cast iron model that is well seasoned. C. Palmer has both aluminum and cast iron.
For those that use them, you know that the ability to retain heat is fairly important to cooking perfectly golden pies, thus the popularity of cast iron.
At the request of a fellow JOF member, I thought I would share some of the simple things we cook in our pie irons.
We mostly use them for dessert after dinner. We buy large bread that is bigger than the square pie iron so we get a nice seal on the edges. The little bit of bread that sticks outside the iron will burn and easily scrape off before opening the two halves to release the pie. We use softened "real" butter so not to tear the bread when spreading.
We pre-heat the pie irons over the fire to get them good and hot, we lightly spray the inside of pie iron with olive oil PAM (probably overkill), place a piece of buttered bread in one half of the pie iron with the butter side down. Then we fill the inside with pie filling: apple, cherry, blueberry or a combination of them, sprinkle some cinnamon in, place the other piece of bread on top with the butter side out, close the pie iron and cook over a good fire with a nice bed of coals. I tend to cook over the side of the fire next to the hot bed of coals, turning the iron over several times to ensure even cooking on both sides to a dark golden brown and serve! Sometimes we serve with ready whip cream on top
Other things we have made in them are:
s'mores: buttered bread, graham crackers, marshmallows on each side of a chocolate bar or a Reece's peanut butter cup.
Breakfast sandwiches: buttered bread, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, meat(s)- cooked bacon, sausage or ham. Another sandwich variation is a garden scramble which would include cooked diced vegetables, onions etc served with a salsa on top.
For lunches we might cook up pie iron "grilled" ham and cheese with buttered bread. I like to put a little spicy mustard in with mine.
We've also cooked pizza's in them as well. Again buttered bread, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, and any other pizza topping we like. I have heard some people like to use pillsbury dough instead of bread.
So now that I've listed some of our favorite very simple pie iron recipes, lets hear what type of pie iron is your favorite and what your favorite recipes are! Any tips and tricks are also welcome.
Cheers and Happy Cooking!!
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