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July 12, 2006 - 11:07pm -- coffin girl

this is the BEST loaf I have ever made, considering the circumstances. We were camped in a dry riverved in NT last year for 2 1/2 weeks and naturally after a couple of days, had to start making our own breads. The dough for this bread was basically a no knead bread ( made it up as I went - trying to remember how I used to do it), kneaded lightly on the tailgate of the Cruiser and then the dough was placed in a small camp oven to prove. After a proving, knockdown & second prove in the camp oven, I noticed that the lid of the camp oven had lifted right off. We placed the camp oven inside a larger campoven, cooked it in the coals of an openfire with a small fire on top - As you can see, it just turned out so well and tasted gorgeous with a slightly smoked flavour. Needless to say, several loaves followed this ripper, but never again was one as good as this!!!

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Submitted by JMonkey on

I've always wanted to try this kind of thing, but unfortunately, I don't get to camp like I used to. My wife grew up on the West Coast of the US and her parents were back-to-nature hippies. A significant portion of her childhood was spent camping, so she doesn't look at it as recreational at all!

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Submitted by coffin girl on

yes.... camping & cooking can become quite good fun. We have spent many many years perfecting it (still not there) & travel with an extensive, condensed pantry in the back of the 4 x 4. We just take off, sometimes for months, with the boat on the back (avid fishermen) and work our way around the country. As I have said to lots of people..... Anyone can do it AS LONG as you are not fussy about what work you get and as long as you just do it. not talk about it..... GO FOR IT. I am sure if you started your wife off with a weekend here & there she would get back into it.

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Submitted by JMonkey on

Alas, probably not. I should have said that she spent years of her life living in tents or reconditioned school buses. And she's a very picky sleeper. Sleeping on the ground is right out.

Once my daughter is old enough, though, I know we'll go camping. Too much beauty in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Berkshires of Massachusetts and along Cape Cod to deprive her of.

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Submitted by coffin girl on

sounds gorgeous!!!! Nah.... we dont sleep on the ground either!! Take the comfort with us