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Technology gives us the ability to work remotely. Curiosity, wonder and boredom drive us to the far reaches of the world. Put the two together and you have Life Remotely.
We've spent the past fifteen years traveling and working around the world. In October of 2011 we left our home in Seattle and headed south. Our goal: drive to Patagonia and spend the night in Antarctica. From there, who knows.
When you’re traveling long ways and camping for months at a time, the grind of canned food and grilled meat can get old. A good way to shake it up is to learn how to bake. Yes, it is time consuming, but it can be very tasty and fun.
Flour. Water. Yeast. Sugar. Butter or oil.
Not kidding. That’s all you need to bake. Now, if you want to make something good, you’ll need a few more things. But that depends on what you feel like and/or what is available.
Make the dough
Let the dough rise & prepare the fire
The great part about this method of baking is that you don’t need a campfire. You can use the same method on a normal camp stove, so long as you have the ability to raise the pan off the heat a few inches. Usually you’ll have to rig up a few pieces of wood or rocks to create something stable. Just make sure the area is clear in case a hot pan falls off.
Using a stove is easier if you are baking something that can be flipped. Because you can’t heat from the top of the pan, it’s likely the bottom will be a lot crispier than the top. It is crucial that you don’t check the bread too often with this setup. Releasing the heat will guarantee that the top will never cook.
There are lots of ways to bake tasty things on the fire. Here’s a few of my favorites, but don’t forget to be creative and use local ingredients.
Pizza – Use the recipe above but just make a thin crust on the pan. If you’re using a stove, cook one side of the dough, then flip and add toppings. If you’re using charcoal it’s ok to do everything at once.
Cinnamon Rolls– By far the best way to make new friends at a campground. Make the dough recipe above, then roll the dough flat about 6” wide by 18” long. Mix a 1/4c of butter with 3/4 c. brown sugar and a teaspoon or two of cinnamon. Spread the butter and sugar mix over the dough (sometimes it’s easier to crumble it rather than spread). Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect.
Roll up the dough into a long roll / log. Cut into circles 1-2” wide. (Dental floss works well for cutting). Place the rolls cut side down in a well-greased pan. Let rise for another hour or so in the pan for extra fluffy rolls. Bake as above.
Cornbread – Substitute cornmeal for some or all of the flour. Add canned or fresh corn if you want. Baking time is less than normal dough.
Cheesy Biscuits– Use the basic recipe above but add shredded or chunks of cheese, and salami if you want.