Bake in the Backcountry

WHEN I TOLD my friend Bird I wanted to try baking on my dinky ultralight stove, he snorted. Sure, he said, if I had an Outback Oven or some other fancy equipment, no problem. But with only my heat-blasting canister stove and a small pot? No way. He reminded me that, though a longtime backpacker, I was a total culinary novice: If I tried to bake, I’d be eating raw batter and scraping burnt bits off my pan for weeks.

I’d always feared the inconvenience of packing in extra fuel—and packing out any failed attempts—but I was sure a little research and persistence would reveal just how easy it was. Besides, being able to

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