the riser bar provides a space between the bottom of the pan and the flame to help prevent scorching.
you need to take extra care that the pan doesn't slip off, but my closest call came when i actually bumped the table.
i used the larger expedition pan (10 1/2 "). the recipe called for a 9" pan, so i could have used the smaller alpine, too.
the raw cinnamon rolls in the pan. this is the part where mutt got interested:-)
i built a little twig fire in the indentation on the top. you can use charcoal briquets or coals from your fire, also.
conflagration not necessary! the recipe called for 17 minutes of baking time. never one to take direction, i decided to make it 20 minutes, assuming that the fry-bake pan would be less efficient than an oven. wrong.
the rolls came out beautiful! the only thing wrong was the bottoms were a little too browned. if i had stayed with the 17 minutes baking time, they would have been perfect.
they were delicious anyway! i had them with spearmint tea.
so i am pleased as all get-out with these pans. i have already made everything from eggs and bacon to porkchops to spaghetti and stews to oatmeal in them. although these nest compactly, i think i will take the larger expedition model on the road, and leave the alpine as the farmhouse pan.
i think they are worth every cent i spent. this cookware will outlive me, i'm sure.
my next experiment will be to do my homemade whole wheat pitas in them. i'll let you know how it goes.
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