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.
So this week his parents cleaned up the old sandwich irons, Michael built a fire, and we made campfire pies.
The pies, er sandwiches, are not fancy and 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.
[Update: Thanks to Country Living magazine for featuring this recipe on their website!]
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.
- 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)
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)
- Make sure the campfire is very hot with glowing coals.
- Spray the insides of the sandwich iron with nonstick cooking spray.
- 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.
- 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.