In my outdoor career I’ve tried baking bread, pies, biscuits, cakes, and just about anything made from flour or cornmeal that can be baked in an oven at home or in a Dutch oven in camp. I’ve baked a few other things beside breadstuffs but for this time, I’ll concentrate on the simple and easy way to make biscuits. Who doesn’t like biscuits with butter and jelly, biscuits with sausage gravy, and biscuits sopped in stew? Who has tried to bake biscuits in a Dutch oven and given up and started taking ‘whomp’ biscuits on their campouts? Incidentally ‘whomp’ biscuits are the ones that come in cardboard tubes and explode from their tubular paper prison when you ‘whomp’ them against a counter top or a log. Do not despair; there is an easy way to enjoy (taste like you made them from scratch) biscuits. Just follow my directions and you will have delightful toothsome treats to smear jelly on or to pour gravy over. They may not look like ‘cut’ biscuits but once you pour gravy over them you will never know the difference.
RAY’S, SO EASY EVEN A GIRL SCOUT CAN MAKE ‘EM, BISCUITS
2 cups Bisquick (yes, I said Bisquick – Hey, were learning here.)
2/3 cup milk
Mix the Bisquick with the milk and beat vigorously with a fork for about 30 seconds. Make drop biscuits by dropping dough by the spoonful onto the bottom of a pre-heated Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. You can also put the biscuits in the bottom of a cake pan and put the pan on three stones or bottle caps in the Dutch oven to keep the bottoms of the biscuits from burning. Most of the hot coals should be put on the top of the Dutch oven – baking heat should come from the top and cooking heat (like for stew or soup) should come from the bottom.
You can also pat the dough out on the blade of a canoe paddle or the bottom of a large overturned cooking pot, cut it into squares with a knife, and bake like the drop biscuits above.
RAY’S OVENLESS BISCUIT FOR ONE
Bisquick mix in a Ziploc bag
1 tbsp. Water per biscuit
Long clean peeled stick
Make a hole in the Bisquick with a clean stick. Drop in water and stir with the stick until liquid picks up enough Bisquick to form a soft ball around the end of the stick. Make ball about 1-inch in diameter. Secure ball on end of the stick by pressing gently with your hand. Hold stick over hot coals and rotate slowly to bake dough ball through and brown it evenly. This should take about 6 or 7 minutes. Take the stick out and fill the hole with butter and/or jelly. Enjoy. Good luck, kookin’ ’round your next kampfire.