Campfire Pita Bread + The Best Damn Big Bear Campout

(Photo by juliobustamante)

Back in May, I met up with Roxie for a glass of bubbly rosé at The Hermosillo in Highland park to discuss the idea of a hosting a group campout. At 3pm, the place was filled with light and one other customer reading a book quietly at the end of the bar. We took a spot in a comfy round booth, broke out our laptops, and without hesitation, reserved our campsite for the Best Damn Big Bear Campout. 

At the time, the itch to leave LA was just beginning. I remember feeling iffy about spending $100+ on a campsite that I wasn't sure I would be there for. In fact, I had to excuse myself toward the end of our meeting because my phone was ringing with an interview call for a job up in Portland. 

Regardless, the planning continued. The purpose of the campout was to celebrate our birthdays and get our friends together outside and around the fire. We'd demo camp coffee, cooking, knot tying, and fire building, There would be music, hiking, and cocktails. We advertised via Instagram and word of mouth, and crossed our fingers that someone besides ourselves would be willing to drive up to Big Bear to spend the weekend with us. 

A couple months later, I was offered my current position in Utah. I spent the end of July soaking up the last few days of Southern California sunshine, while promising myself I'd be back in October to finish what we had started. Almost immediately after moving, driven slightly by feelings of inevitable homesickness, I booked a plane ticket into Ontario, California. There were a lot of nervous, "should I really be going back so soon?" feelings, but missing this trip was completely out of the question. 

The Best Damn Big Bear Campout was everything we hoped it would be and more. I made a Wes Anderson- inspired sign, which we hung between two tall maple trees, we made TONS of food, so much that we actually had trouble fitting it all in the four bear boxes at the site. We went on a hike to the summit, held a knot tying class, woke up early as heck to watch the sunrise by the lake, drank the best damn bloody mary, made coffee, coffee, and more coffee, and gathered around the campfire each night to roast (vegan!) marshmallows and share stories. 

I left the campout with new friends, memories, and a minor cold that would last me the remainder of my trip (totally worth it). Additionally, I left with a new recipe for pita bread (and I now refuse to go on another camping trip without Geffen and all of her incredible and authentic mediterranean recipes ever again). 

Campfire Pita Bread & Tahini (Vegan)
Makes: 6 

For the pita:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast) 
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt 
1 cup lukewarm water (100-110℉) 
2 tablespoons olive oil  + extra for cooking

For the tahini sauce: 
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup water 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 
juice of 1 lemon 
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead for 5 minutes. 
  2. Form the dough into a smooth round, cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour (if it's cold outside, place the heatproof bowl over a very low flame to warm it up.) 
  3. Meanwhile, stir the tahini ingredients together until smooth. Cover and set aside. 
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet and grease with olive oil. 
  5. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and use your hands to form each into a circle about 1/4" thick. 
  6. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until bowling is visible. Serve with tahini sauce & your favorite campfire dish. 

(Photo by juliobustamante)

Til' next year ♡.

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