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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ranger Biscuits


The River Rat Ranger tells of another aquisition and another recipe. Mrs. RRR and I were checking the clearance aisle at Sprawl Mart and I wandered back to sporting goods. I stopped, dumbfounded. There was a Coleman Campstove Oven on clearance at less than half price. My American readers know Coleman as the lantern company who makes heavy, clunky, but totally reliable camping gear. I once bought a Coleman backpacking stove that had sat for over 30 years untouched. I oiled the leather on the pump, filled the tank with fuel and it roared into instant life.
The Campstove Ovens are a special treat. They fold up to the size of an encyclopedia, then pop open to about a foot square. There is an oven rack inside and a thermostat on the door. They are designed to sit on the burner of a classic, green, Coleman Campstove. They also work on gas burners of conventional stoves and on wood burning cookstoves. One big advantage is that for a small amount of baking you don't have to heat up the whole oven and save significantly on gas usage. It should go without saying that I couldn't wait to try it out. I made River Rat Ranger Biscuits and they were a huge success. So I will give the recipe...
River Rat Ranger Biscuits
1 Cup flour (purists will want to use 1/2 C each whole wheat and white)
1 Tablespoon baking powder (Rumsford's non-aluminum, of course)
1/4 Teaspoon salt. (freshly ground sea salt naturally)
2 Teaspoons dark brown sugar (ok, so blackstrap mollasses or honey would be more politically correct)
As the oven preheats to about 400 degrees, mix just enough milk with the above ingredients to make a stiff dough. Don't stir too much, it "kills" the baking powder. Divide into about a half dozen dollops on a greased pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes till the "wave tops" are getting brown and the biscuits sound hollow when snapped with a finger nail. Remove, give thanks, break, butter and devour. A snack MUCH too good for a king.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mid-kid said...

I have some bad news for you. You probably got an inferior product to the Coleman stuff you are used to. Wal-Mart makes deals with manufacturers. They get them to make a special product just for Wal-Mart that is cheaper and not as good but still has their brand name on it. So people go there and see it and think "Hey it's exactly the same thing at a lower price" No it is not exactly the same thing! I'm glad you enjoy your new stove though. Wish I could have had some biscuits.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Eutychus said...

What are biscuits without genuine venison-sausage gravy? And, in my "humble" opinion, my hunting camp biscuits are lighter, fluffier and better-tasting. However, the recipe is a trade secret. I remember who actually did the cooking on those long ago camping trips ;).

9:36 AM  

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