By Darryl Alder
Mar 14, 2015

Camping on π (pi) Day? Celebrate With Dutch Oven Apple Pie

Today is  π (Pi) Day, and super Pi Day at that.

Why super? The date is 3/14/15, the first five digits in the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.


And—get ready for this—at 26 minutes and 53 seconds after 9 a.m., we will pass a date and time represented by the first 10 digits of π. Very exciting if you are doing STEM on your campout today. And if you missed out, when you get home, there will be one more chance at 9 p.m. After that, you’ll have to wait another 100 years for that auspicious moment to happen again, at least according to Joseph Mazur, the author of “A Very Special Pi Day.”

For us around the Scout Office we usually just eat pie from Village Inn, but today is a camping day. Which brings me to Friday night overnight camp outs.

Dutch Oven Italian Pull Apart Bread RecipesForMyBoys.comI used to hate cooking in the dark at camp. We’d get away from the church at 5:30 or 6:00 and get to camp just in time to put up tents in the fading light. Then there’s dinner! So after getting a fire going and waiting for coals, everyone is getting more and more hangry (good word that combines hungry and angry).

Well here is a simple suggestion called  Dutch Oven Pizza Break-a-parts. Okay, I said it would be pie, but honest it wants to be. Best of all you can make this before you leave, which lets the dough thaw and raise so that it’s ready when you arrive. Get the recipe here.

Now let’s get to that apple pie.

Years ago I was surprised to learn about the magic of a dutch oven for baking pie and cake. Back then we recommend three bottle caps, but since they are hard to find, just begin with three small, equal sized stones in the bottom of your dutch oven. These stones are the magic that make your dutch oven, an oven like you have back home.

Heat the oven with very hot coals, top and bottom, place a frozen fruit pie in the dutch oven on the stones and wait for the suggested time to bake. Lift the lid and enjoy pi day with pie.

Or you you really want to work, try it from scratch like this guy from CastIronCulinaries

Darryl head BWB2Y by FOS Final

Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA, but I’d rather be cooking!


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