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Dutch Oven Corn Bread: A Delicious Campfire Delight!


Hello there, fellow camper! Welcome to the wonderful world of Dutch oven cooking. As a seasoned and friendly camper who loves using Dutch ovens each week, I’m here to share with you a delicious recipe for Dutch Oven Corn Bread. Get ready to savor the amazing aroma and taste of freshly baked cornbread that will make your camping experience even more memorable. So let’s roll up our sleeves, gather our ingredients, and get cooking!

Servings: This recipe will serve approximately 8-10 hungry campers.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes


Here’s what you’ll need:

– 2 cups cornmeal

– 1 cup all-purpose flour

– 1 tablespoon baking powder

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1/4 cup sugar (optional, for a touch of sweetness)

– 2 eggs

– 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or substitute with regular milk)

– 1/4 cup melted butter (plus extra for greasing the Dutch oven)

Ingredient Alternatives:

If you don’t have access to certain ingredients, don’t worry! Camping is all about improvisation. Here are a few alternatives you can use:

– Cornmeal: If you can’t find cornmeal, you can use polenta or even cornbread mix as a substitute. However, the texture and flavor may vary slightly.

– Buttermilk: Don’t have buttermilk? No problem! You can make a quick substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes before using.

– Sugar: While sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the cornbread, it’s entirely optional. If you prefer a savory version, you can omit it altogether.


Step 1: Prepare the Dutch Oven

Start by preparing your Dutch oven for baking. Preheating the oven helps ensure even cooking. Place your Dutch oven over the campfire or hot charcoal briquettes, with a few extra briquettes on top of the lid. Let it preheat for about 10 minutes.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar (if using). Whisk them together until well combined.

Step 3: Add the Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten. Then, add the buttermilk and melted butter, and whisk again until fully combined.

Step 4: Combine the Mixtures

Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir gently with a spoon or spatula until the batter comes together. Be careful not to overmix, as it may result in a denser cornbread.

Step 5: Grease the Dutch Oven

Using a small amount of melted butter, generously grease the bottom and sides of your preheated Dutch oven. This will prevent the cornbread from sticking and make it easier to remove later.

Step 6: Pour the Batter

Pour the cornbread batter into the greased Dutch oven, spreading it evenly. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth the top.

Step 7: Bake the Cornbread

Carefully place the lid back on the Dutch oven. Arrange a few hot briquettes on top of the lid for even heat distribution. Now, let the magic happen! Bake the cornbread for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until it turns golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 8: Serve and Enjoy!

Once the cornbread is baked to perfection, remove the Dutch oven from the campfire, and carefully take off the lid. The aroma of freshly baked cornbread will waft through the air, making everyone’s mouth water. Allow the cornbread to cool for a few minutes before serving to avoid burning your fingers.

Now, here comes the best part—serving and enjoying your Dutch Oven Corn Bread! Cut the cornbread into generous slices or squares and serve it warm. You can enjoy it on its own, slathered with a pat of butter, or drizzled with some honey for a touch of sweetness. The choice is yours!

Side Dish Ideas:

While Dutch Oven Corn Bread is a delicious treat on its own, you can take your campfire feast to the next level by serving it with some mouthwatering side dishes. Here are a few ideas to complement your cornbread:

1. Campfire Chili: A classic pairing! Whip up a hearty chili with beans, ground beef, tomatoes, and spices. The combination of the warm cornbread and savory chili is simply unbeatable.

2. Dutch Oven Baked Beans: Slow-cooked beans with bacon, onions, and a hint of sweetness. They are the perfect match for your cornbread and create a comforting and filling meal.

3. Grilled Corn on the Cob: Take advantage of the campfire by grilling some fresh corn on the cob. Slather it with butter and sprinkle it with salt and pepper for a tasty and smoky side dish.

4. Campfire Roasted Vegetables: Chop up a medley of your favorite vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions. Toss them in some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast them in a foil packet over the campfire for a healthy and flavorful side dish.

5. Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a tangy dressing adds a crunchy and vibrant element to your meal. It provides a nice contrast to the rich and hearty cornbread.

Remember, camping is all about enjoying nature and good food with loved ones. So gather around the campfire, share stories, and savor the delicious Dutch Oven Corn Bread along with your chosen side dishes. It’s a recipe that will surely become a favorite among your fellow campers.

Tips and Tricks:

– To check if the cornbread is fully baked, insert a toothpick or skewer into the center. If it comes out clean or with a few crumbs, it’s done. If it’s still wet, bake for a few more minutes.

– Avoid peeking too often while the cornbread is baking, as it may cause the temperature inside the Dutch oven to fluctuate and affect the cooking time.

– Experiment with additional ingredients! You can add chopped jalapenos, shredded cheese, or even cooked bacon to the cornbread batter for extra flavor and texture.

– Clean the Dutch oven with warm water and a gentle scrubbing brush once it has cooled down. Avoid using soap, as it may leave a residue that affects the flavor of future dishes.


Congratulations, newbie camper! You have successfully embarked on your Dutch oven cooking journey with this delightful recipe for Dutch Oven Corn Bread. Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or enjoying a backyard bonfire, this recipe is sure to impress and satisfy your fellow campers. Remember, the key is to have fun, be creative, and enjoy the process of cooking over an open fire. Happy camping and happy cooking!

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