Pizza might now be the first thing that jumps to mind when planning a camping trip but once you try it’ll quickly become a tradition. It only takes a few minutes to put the dough together and the flavours from cooking on the fire will make you want an extra slice.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 packet pizza yeast (about 8 grams)
- 1.5 tsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp cold-pressed canola oil or olive oil
- 2/3 cup warm water
- Before you head out camping, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar and salt in a bag. Put the remaining 2 cups of flour in a separate bag.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast with the flour, sugar and salt mix. Warm up the water and add to the dry ingredients along with the oil. Mix well.
- Gradually add the extra flour to make a soft dough ball. Knead the dough (you can do this on a lightly floured cutting board or in the mixing bowl) for about 3-4 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
- Let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat a cast-iron skillet on the fire. Add some of the extra tablespoons of oil to coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
- Divide the dough in half.
- Spread the dough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Place the skillet on a grate over your campfire. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the bottom of the dough starts to firm up and turn golden.
- Remove the skillet from the fire and place it on a heat-safe surface. Remember that the skillet is very hot!
- Flip the dough to have the cooked side up. Add your topping and cover with the lid from a dutch oven or tin foil, making sure to leave some gaps to allow moisture to escape.
- Cook the pizza for another 3-5 minutes until the dough is cooked and the cheese melted. Transfer the pizza to a plate and repeat the process for the second pizza.
This works on a camping stove as well but you won’t get the smokey flavour that comes with campfire cooking. Serve with a salad and enjoy!