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Erzsebet Gilbert's picture
Erzsebet Gilbert

Could a camp stove give me quick breads>

Hiya!  


I'm the newbie baker who recently asked some questions about possibilities for how I might be able to create any sort of bread on a Coleman stove while camping (seven whole months without my oven! and we leave in 12 days!  eep!) - I received so many wonderful responses and have already found some excellent options; number one, I'm currently absolutely addicted to incredible Sylvia's Irish Soda bread (everybody try it!), while mantou steam buns are delicious, and the Fresh Loaf pita recipe has been immensely super, too, 'specially with joghurt.  I have another question...


In my searches I've read a few scattered blogs and instructions which state that it's possible to make some types of quick breads, even simple cakes or brownies, by pouring the batter into a saucepan/pan/pot (?), covering it, and baking it on the stovetop.  But nothing has been specific, and I'm not even sure if it's true or not!  Neither, apparently, are my cookbooks.  


Anybody have any insight on the matter?  Is it feasible?  If so, what types of breads might work?  I've got a neato brownie recipe I'd sure enjoy.  And how long should I cook it?  At what heat level?  I would think it would be low?  What perils should I look out for?  


Any ideas?  I'd be so grateful... but blessings to everybody at the Fresh Loaf!  


Erzsebet


 

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Mini Oven
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Erzsebet Gilbert

Unfortunately, I don't know that we will always have the opportunity to make a starter days in advance - might be going from site to site - is there any "cheater dough" that would allow me to make it without the starter?  

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sybram

I remember seeing a recipe for a flatbread on this site, I think.  It was made in an iron skillet.  No wait.  I remember now that it's in the "5 minute Bread" book.  I looked it up.  It's called Naan, and it's on page 173.  You use the refrigerated, premixed doughs and don't even have to rest it after you take it out of the fridge.

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Ruth Norton

I don't know how much this will help, but as a newlywed in 1974, hubby #1 and I lived in a tent from May to October (in Maine!) and did all our cooking on a Coleman stove, including yeast bread. But we had an "oven" attachment that sat on top - basically a metal box. Do you have one of these? Afraid I don't recall the details, but I do remember having made bread.

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Crider

http://k43.pbase.com/g3/33/567333/2/53221382.dvcamphosts.jpg


 


I used one myself for a few months back when I was one. What's nice about them is they fold flat when they're not being used.

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SylviaH

That camp site surrounding area..mountain range looks familar..is that the Nevada desert, maybe nearby Las Vegas/Arizona ? 


Sylvia

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Erzsebet Gilbert

First off, lovely photograph!  It looks like a wonderful set-up.  


I'm pretty crazy, thus I have a nutty question.  I'd love a foldable Coleman metal box oven, but I don't think I can find one here in Hungary.  So, um... we have a lot of toolboxes.  And tiny local hardware shops.  What if I used something like that as an improvised stovetop oven?


(Washing it out first, of course!)

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nbicomputers

this is what you want and i think you could put some bakinh tiles or a small stone in it.


http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=895626&sourceid=1500000000000003260410&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=895626#ProductDetail


 

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Erzsebet Gilbert

Unfortunately, I live in Hungary, and no Wal-Marts to be found, and shipping's so expensive!  But thank you anyhow... you all are so helpful!

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Wild-Yeast

Have you considered waffles?  A Belgian Waffler works well on a camp stove. Sourdough waffles?


Wild-Yeast


P.S.  I also recommend that you take a serious look at the Coleman Portable Camp Oven.

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SylviaH

If you can find one of these coleman oven's and find the room in your Van...it probably folds up flat and is lite weight...you'll be all set!  Glad you like the soda bread ; )


Sylvia

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Erzsebet Gilbert

As I've told you before, dear Sylvia... the Irish Bread is my lifesaver!  Not even camping yet and I make it every single night!  I'm still interested with experimenting with any stovetop breads, and the idea of stovetop brownies is attractive to my sweet tooth, but I can't stop having that Irish soda bread with jam...

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althetrainer

I don't have much experience making bread at camp but here's a site where you may find some helpful hints.



http://www.recipegoldmine.com/articles/emergencybread.html


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Yerffej

The Coleman oven is nothing but a thin walled metal box.  You could create a very similar environment with any deep pot and a lid. 


I spent months living and traveling out of a small van and I know the limitaions of what you can and cannot take with you.  If you really want to bake bread there is a way or maybe it is something that can wait till you return.


Have a great trip, I love traveling in a van.


Jeff

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Erzsebet Gilbert

I may well try using a very deep saucepan to see if I can generate some brownie/cake-type confection.... Thanks so much!  I'm glad you know the bliss of living on four wheels, too!  


Erzsebet

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Yerffej

Erzsebet,


As I was looking through a cookbook this morning I was reminded of Boston Brown Bread which would be perfect for making out of the van.


Jeff


 

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Marni

Would a solar oven work?  I think the highest temp. you can get is 400F (with good sun, of course)  I've baked cookies in one I made with my kids, never bread.  We made this one : http://www.solarnow.org/pizzabx.htm  It's an informative site too.


 


There are sites that sell them, but here is one I found that explains how to make one:


http://www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/solar-cooker.shtml


  or there's this:


http://www.appliance.net/2007/a-solar-oven-have-fun-with-a-different-take-on-boxing-day-329


Could be fun. 


PS - I realize this isn't really an answer to your question, but I hope this is useful.

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Erzsebet Gilbert

Don't worry - any help is wonderful help!  I've thought about trying to construct a solar oven with the cardboard-and-foil method, but unfortunately I'm not sure that it would hold up on the road.  But I always get excited about experimentation, too...