Campfire Pies

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When we began planning our annual trip to the Meyers family cabin in the Adirondacks, Michael announced that he wanted to make campfire pies, a favorite from his childhood camping trips. I racked my brain from my Girl Scout camping years but could not conjure up an image of what campfire pies might look like. We always made s’mores and banana boats, but I could not remember ever once making campfire pies. He gave me a brief description and assured me I would like them.

Andrea's Recipes - Campfire Pies, sandwich irons

So this week his parents cleaned up the old sandwich irons, Michael built a fire, and we made campfire pies.

Andrea's Recipes - Campfire Pies

The pies, er sandwiches, are not haute cuisine, but that’s not important. We sang songs with the kids and grandparents and made pies in the campfire while the sun set. The evening was cool, the pies were hot, and Michael kept them coming until we had eaten almost all of the fruit fillings. And he was right; I did like them.

Andrea's Recipes - Campfire Pies

Campfire Pies
 
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Serves: as many as you want
Ingredients
  • Choose amounts according to the number of servings needed.

  • bread slices
  • cinnamon sugar mixture
  • seasonal fruit (sweet cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peach slices, apple slices) or preserves or canned pie filling
Preparation
  1. Make sure the campfire is very hot with glowing coals.
  2. Spray the insides of the sandwich iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Lay a piece of bread in each side of the iron and press it down slightly to make an indentation in the bread. Place a few tablespoons of fruit on the bread and sprinkle on about 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Lay the other piece of bread on top of the other.
  4. Connect the two sides of the sandwich iron and press down, locking the handles together. Scrape away any bread hanging out of the irons as it will burn in the hot coals. Place the iron right in the middle of the hottest part of the fire and leave it there for about 2 to 3 minutes. The sides should be toasted golden brown when ready. The pie will be very hot, so allow it to cool for a couple minutes before eating.
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Equipment:

seasoned sandwich iron (Make sure it has been properly seasoned before use. You may need more than one depending on the number of people.)
nonstick cooking spray
campfire (or very hot coals in a grill)
knife

Recipe Notes:

You can make many different types of pies. Try some of these variations.

More sweet fillings: Nutella and sliced bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Use cinnamon swirl bread or a brioche loaf.
Make savory pies with pizza fillings, ham and cheese, or Rueben sandwich fillings.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    What a fun idea! We’re tent camping quite a bit this summer and I have been on the hunt for new recipe ideas. These look fun and delicious.

  2. laura says

    I love this idea (absent from my Girl Scout camping days, too); seriously looking forward to trying it on our next camping trip! Thanks very much for the link mention as well :)

  3. Betty says

    I was so surprised to see these! I never enjoyed camping much, but I have fond memories of savory campfire pies. My childhood favorites were pizzas and grilled cheese sandwiches. My dad was pretty creative with them and even made breakfast pies with scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon and cheese. Our irons were round and so he would have to trim of the bread crusts, which I wouldn’t eat as child anyhow.

  4. says

    Yum, downunder we call them jaffles or toasty pies, and of course we fill them with vegemite! ;-) Sadly most summers we have firebans in place and can’t use them, however they’re perfect for wintery afternoons too so I must get ours out

  5. says

    Wow! You’ve really taken me back to my childhood. Another thing we used to do over the camp fire was hobo dinners (foil packet with meat, potatoes, carrots, etc.) and in the mornings biscuits on a stick (you wrap the biscuit around the stick and cook it over the fire). Campfire pies sounds great!

  6. says

    Oh that brings back fantastic memories of Camp Walenakee and camping trips with my family when my brother and I would fight over even the heels of the loaf of bread.

    I must find one of those…

  7. says

    Yum. We used these even inside over an open fire. We had one that would cook three at once. We would butter the outside of the bread and fill them up with left over stew, mashed potato and bits of cheese. A great way to use up left overs…and fruit of course and yes down here they are called toasty pies. The kids have them in their school lunches too.

  8. Konni says

    We use flour tortilla’s instead of bread. Makes them more “pie like” and less “bready”. And drizzle cream cheese frosting on top. Yum!

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