Want to create a gourmet campfire dessert? I’m teaching you how to make these decadent Strawberry Nutella Mountain Pies. They are perfect while camping or delicious at home around the fire.
I recently gathered together a bunch of ingredients to craft three mountain pie recipes to share with you. We’ve previously covered pizza mountain pies and cherry mountain pies. Today we’re wrapping up this little mini-series with Strawberry Nutella Mountain Pies.
Why Strawberry Nutella?
I discovered Nutella back in 2004 when I was studying abroad in Switzerland. This was well before it became popular in America. We did little side trips to Paris and any time we were there I got a banana and Nutella crepe from a street vendor. I can still taste them. They were heaven.
That experience was some of the inspiration for this mountain pie recipe. I was considering doing banana (which you could totally do), but I thought that sliced strawberries might travel better if you’re camping. (Now that I’m thinking about it, you could probably just slice the banana fresh when you are assembling the mountain pies around the fire. Anyway…)
What I love about this particular recipe is that it’s totally campfire friendly, but still feels special and a bit gourmet. I realize that Nutella is probably mainstream now, but to me, it will always be the delicacy I discovered in Paris.
Before we get into the details of the recipe, let me answer some questions you may have about mountain pies. (I explained most of this in my last post, but if you’re new it’s worth going over again.)
More recipes to enjoy around the campfire:
- BLT Potato Salad
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fudge Bars
- Really Good Pasta Salad
- Salted Caramel Crumb Bars
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies
What is a Mountain Pie?
I believe that the name “mountain pie” is a regional thing. According to many of you (and a quick google search), mountain pies are also known as hobo pies, iron pies, pudgy pies, campfire pies, and camper pies.
No matter what you call them, the idea behind them is mostly the same. They are made by putting a filling (savory or sweet) between two slices of buttered bread and then placed in a long-handled metal tool (typically cast iron) that is held over a campfire until the ingredients are cooked and the bread is toasted. The result of this process is a warm and delicious handheld “pie.”
How to Make:
I briefly explained the process above, but now I want to walk you through it step-by-step with this strawberry Nutella mountain pie recipe.
I’ve also included a detailed ingredient list and directions in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.
Before we begin, you’re going to need a pie iron. (Or as I call them: a mountain pie maker.)
Begin by spraying your pie iron with cooking spray. Alternatively, your bread can be buttered. I just find the spray to be a bit easier. I recommend something like Pam or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray.
Place one piece of bread on one side of the pie iron. Evenly spread out a layer of Nutella with a knife. Top with sliced strawberries.
Add the second bread slice to the other side of your pie iron and close.
Cook over a hot campfire until golden brown and hot inside: about 5-7 minutes. The time will vary based on where the iron is in your fire, how hot your fire is, etc.
Flip the iron while it is in the fire so the mountain pie cooks evenly. Also, be sure to check on your mountain pie throughout the cooking process to avoid burning.
Remove the cooked mountain pie from the iron and let it cool for a few minutes before enjoying. This is very important. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt my mouth on hot mountain pie filling. I have zero self-restraint.
And that’s it! Dessert is ready. You can make a whole meal out of mountain pies. Start with pizza and end with this one filled with rich Nutella and fresh strawberries.
Want a few more ideas? You got it!
Other filling ideas:
If you’re anything like me, your mind is already thinking of all the “pies” you can put together in a mountain pie maker. You could try:
- canned pie fillings,
- ham and cheese,
- pulled pork,
- buffalo chicken,
- breakfast (egg with cheese, sausage/bacon),
- grilled vegetables and cheese,
- Caprese (tomato, cheese, and basil),
- and so many more!
As you can see, you’re only limited by your culinary creativity. Get adventurous, dig through your pantry and fridge, use leftovers, and try new recipes.
That’s a wrap!
I hope you enjoyed learning about these strawberry Nutella mountain pies (aka hobo pies, iron pies, pudgy pies, campfire pies, and camper pies) and are feeling inspired to give them a try!
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Strawberry Nutella Mountain Pie
- 2 slices bread
- 1-2 tablespoons Nutella
- 2-3 strawberries - sliced
- cooking spray - or butter
- Spray your pie iron with cooking spray. (Alternatively, your bread can be buttered. I just find the spray to be a bit easier.)
- Place one piece of bread on one side of the pie iron. Evenly spread out a layer of Nutella with a knife. Top with sliced strawberries. Add the second bread slice to the other side of your pie iron and close.
- Cook over a hot campfire until golden brown and hot inside: about 5-7 minutes. Flip the iron while it is in the fire so the mountain pie cooks evenly. Also, be sure to check on your mountain pie throughout the cooking process to avoid burning.
- Remove the cooked mountain pie from the iron and let it cool for a few minutes before enjoying.