Faux Baker: Part 1

When ready to get baking, put the spiral in the pan. Put water in till almost to the top of the spiral. Top with the circle. Next to the pot is my bag, ready with biscuit mix.

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You can prep the mix in the bag, then arrange the bag, so that opening is at the top. Do not seal. You can use freezer bags or small oven bags for this. I used a sandwich bag here, but I’d not recommend that as they are more fragile. Place bag in pan.

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I put the pan on my Primus canister stove and brought it to a boil. As soon it was boiling, I hit the timer for 15 minutes, and lowered my stove to where it was barely burning. With the low amount of water in the pan, it continues to gently simmer/boil and conserves fuel use. This would also work fine with an alcohol stove and 1 ounce of fuel. When the time was up, I turned the stove off and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Supposedly, they say on the Bakepacker website to not open the pan while cooking raised items (biscuits, cakes, etc) as the cold air can cause the items to fail and flop.

And did it work? Yes, it did! While it doesn’t get browned, it was perfectly cooked through. Moist and tender as well! Yum! It made enough for 1 person.

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For my trial recipe I used Bisquick mix. The Betty Crocker® mixes for muffins that call for just water work well also. Split the pouch in half, into two quart freezer bags.

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp biscuit mix
  • 2 Tbsp water

In the bag and sealed it, then I mixed it by kneading the bag. I then opened up the bag and put it in the pot.

It is said that you can put paper muffin liners in the bags, and bake it that way, giving you a nice clean muffin/biscuit.

From now on, I will use a quart freezer bag, and double my biscuit recipe so there is enough for both Ford and I. Half a bag of BC muffin mixes would be perfect for 2 people.

Basically, if you can bake it in a Bakepacker, you can do it in this. Just cut your portions in half. 15 minutes seem perfect for cooking time, along with a 5 minute rest.

And the weight? Less than 1/4 of an ounce.