A classic campfire treat. (Ken Bosma http://www.flickr.com/photos/kretyen/2636746032/)
From s'mores to spider dogs, food is just more fun when it's cooked over
a toasty bonfire.
So just in time for the long weekend, SCENE asked some of Winnipeg's best chefs to share their favourite campfire treats.
Diversity Foods chef Ben Kramer had one word of advice for campfire cooks this weekend, "ramen." Kramer suggests trying your hand at an easy, one pot meal. When he goes camping he totes along blanched noodles, prepped veggies, meat and a jar of stock. Throw everything in a sturdy pot with a lid, and let the fire do its job.
Svenne from Bistro 7 1/4 likes to take the opposite approach
and get messy when he cooks for his three kids in the great outdoors.
Svenne always packs a bag of pre-made, just add water, brownie mix to
the campsite. He then throws chopped nuts into a
cast-iron skillet. The nuts should get fairly hot, as they will help to
cook the brownies.
And that's when Svenne and family get wild, he suggests parents have kids throw in marshmallows, cookie crumbs, caramels and other sweets to make a big, gooey mess of brownie mixture. Smooth batter and let solidify. Be careful when eating as some parts may be hotter and softer than others. He says the variable consistencies are surprisingly delicious.
Svenne family brownie mix
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
Svenne isn't the only one packing brownies when he heads out on a camping getaway.
Sue Gereta runs the contemporary Corydon eatery Mise with her husband Terry, and they have a few tricks for taking their "haute prarie cuisine" into the woods.
Her favourite bonfire dessert involves a banana, a brownie and a little planning ahead.
Gereta family camping treat
1 brownie (made at home ahead of time)
½ cup or so of sugar
Crème fraiche (1/2 cup cream and ½ cup sour cream mixed together)
At the campfire, slice a banana in half lengthwise and cover in sugar. Let it soak into the banana for a minute or two and add a little bit more. Place on the grill of the campfire (or bring a small grill along). This will caramelize the sugar. When removing be very careful not to touch the sugar as it is SMOKIN' hot. Serve with aforementioned brownie and crème fraiche. Add berries.
Serves one. Adjust amounts accordingly.