Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pinterest at Capitol Reef

Well, I knew that we wanted to try out some dutch oven recipes while we were camping last week.
And I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest where you put the briquettes in egg cartons, 
light the egg cartons on fire,
and the briquettes begin burning nicely.
No fire starter, lighter fluid, etc needed.
Here is our picture perfect set-up.

...lighting the egg carton...

...fire burns nicely...

...and then goes out completely.

So, we decided that we needed to put the briquettes in the egg carton,
and CLOSE the egg carton (perhaps to contain the heat?)

...egg carton full of briquettes...

lighting the CLOSED egg carton...

...egg carton burning...

...still burning...

...egg carton burning...briquettes--not so much...

So, the next day when we attempted dutch oven madness again, we went to the next logical way to start a fire and keep it burning...

We turned it over the to pyromaniac 7 year old...

...taking his fire starting very seriously...

who needs egg cartons when dry grass and sticks burn so easily?

Dutch Oven Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
2 eggs
1 t. soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups oats

Cream butters and sugars.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.  Press into greased dutch oven.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 30 minutes or until golden.
For the frosting, melt 2 cups chocolate chips and 1 cup peanut butter together and spread over bars.  Serves 12-15.

I used about 24 briquettes, 15 on top and 9 on bottom on a 12 inch dutch oven (14 inch would work well) It took about 1 hour.  I sprinkled the chocolate chips on the bars, dropped spoonfuls of peanut butter (I used creamy here) randomly on top, and put the lid back on for 10 minutes.  Opened it up and swirled the chocolate chips and melted peanut butter around.  

**Recipe found on Pinterest from the Dutchoven Madness blog.

1 comment:

Amara said...

That's the thing with pinterest. "great ideas" get passed around and around that are total crap. I'm glad the recipe turned out well. Now I'm craving peanut butter bars...sigh.