I was heading into Algonquin park with my son during a fire ban and looking for ways to add flair to the trip -- I came across the Outback Oven but it has been discontinued for a while now. I set about a DIY version. This isn't a detailed instruction, but it's a pretty simple creation. I can say it worked really well. I never had an outback oven to compare how close it came to the original though.
Final supplies list
- - (3) silicon baking sheets, sized 38 x 27.5 cm (15" x 10.3/4"). $5 on sale, $10 CDN regular. What I used: here or here
- - (1) 9" x 9" silicon backing pan (if a 10" x 10" existed that might have been better but for my pot the 9" x 9" worked)
- - Cheap rivet tool plus rivets - I used 1/8" diameter rivets plus two washers (one on each side of the joint) to hopefully help the rivets no pull through the silicon. In total I used 20 rivets and 40 washers
Other items needed:
- Heat diffuser - I used this, the removable and folding handle was great for packing
- Risers. The original oven used a bar that offset the pot from the diffuser. I had a set of angle brackets in my garage that worked well
Step 1: Planning and Construction
My rough plan was to recreate the dome lid as shown on the rough plan - at Canadian Tire when I came across the 9" x 9" pan it was a no brainer to use that as a top.
- Construction was done using rivets to attach the sheets together. I used two full sheets and didn't trim them at all. Then I propped them up inside the 9"x9" pan to test fit and measure where to cut the 3rd sheet.
- I used an overlap on the sheets of about 1"
- One washer on each side of the joined material to help avoid the rivets pulling through the material
- The collar was then riveted into the 9 x 9" as shown, two rivets per side
- A small 1" diameter hole cut on top
Step 2: Results!
It worked really well! For packing I folded the collar down, added the risers (angle brackets) and rolled it up. It survived crammed into an equipment pack for 3 days and 13 portages. I wonder if heavy duty foil work work as well but this oven was reliable and it definitely coming tripping again with us.
Step 3: Recipes and Baked Goods!
We made two recipes :
Waffle candy bowls
- Add mini marshmallows, chocolate and candy to a waffle cone bowl
- Set up oven with heat diffuser and risers. We also used a layer of parchment paper for each of clean up
- Bake at very low flame for ~ 20 to 30 minutes (I used a MSR Dragonfly on it's lowest setting
Cinnamon Roles (proud of this one and happy the recipe worked!)
- At home in one zip lock bag mix 1 cup of white flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp baking power, 1 tbsp white sugar. In another bag mix equal parts white sugar and cinnamon. I think we had about 1/2 cup total in the end.
- At camp -
- Add 2 tbsp soft butter and a bit of water to the flour mixture.
- Knead as you can in the bag, we ended up with quite a stiff dough.
- Roll out on cutting board to 1/4" thick (no thicker or it doesn't cook).
- Spread another thin layer of butter across the top and most of the sugar cinnanom.
- Roll into a large tub and cut into approx 1.5" inch high role
- Set up oven with heat diffuser and risers
- Add parchment paper to oven, add roles, sprinkle more sugar mix
- Bake on low for 30 mins. For last 5 to 10 mins we turned up the heat a bit
I haven't tried them yet, but other sites list lots of other recipes too like these