Monday, May 26, 2008

Camping at Portage Lake Campground

Our second trip with our newly purchased gently used Viking pop up camper was to Waterloo Recreation area's Portage Lake Campground. This was a really nice campground - it was crowded but quiet. We were in campsite 122, but next year, I'll have my eye on site 114, which was fairly secluded. On a list I am on called arborparents, people are complaining that there are no intergenerational experiences anymore, but camping definitely is one. There was retirees, people with babies, teenagers, young lovers, and it is multicultural, too. This was evidenced by the large group of Indian families that had set up camp across from us. The smell of their cooking almost had me begging for a sample!

I tried Campfire Popcorn again, this time with no oil, and the corn caught on fire in the foil. I will not give up until I master this camping recipe. I precooked Alton Brown's ribs, and finished them off on the Weber Smoky Joe. I also made some great food in my new Lodge 10" Dutch Oven. Love this thing! A great experiment I tried in it was Monkey Bread, using homemade refrigerator roll dough, instead of biscuits in a tube. Here's the recipe I used for the dough - i mixed it up at home and stored it in the cooler.

Mom's Camping Bread Dough

1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup milk
2 t. bread machine yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 egg, beaten
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

In a large bowl, combine sugar, vegetable shortening, and salt; stir until well blended. In microwave, scald milk; pour over sugar mixture. Cool to lukewarm (105 to 115 degrees F).
In a small bowl, combine yeast and water; stir until yeast is dissolved. Mix in egg until well blended; stir into milk mixture.

Add 2 cups flour. Gradually stir in as much of the remaining flour as dough will absorb, mixing well. Place dough into a well-greased plastic container, cover with saran wrap and a rubber band. Put this in your camping cooler 8 hours but no longer than 5 days.

Dutch Oven Monkey Bread
1 batch bread dough
2 T. cinnamon and 1/4 c. sugar mixed together
1/2 stick butter

Line 10" oven with aluminum foil, and melt butter over hot coals. Divide dough into 1" balls, roll in melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar, line bottom of oven with balls. Cook over 8 coals bottom, 14 on top for about 1/2 hour, rotating top and oven 1/4 turn every ten minutes or so.

1 comment:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

You are really getting on a roll with the camping cooking! I'm glad you all had a nice time. Oops... no pun intended with the roll thing... I'll bet the monkey bread was a hit, though!