I used to love camping.
OK, I hated the actual camping part, but loved to be with my family and see how much they loved camping. Kids always LOVE camping. Camping is fun for everyone but the Mom. The Mom has to do all the work she would normally do, but in the dirt. With no electricity. And no running water. But the kids, that's a different story.
Dirt + Fire + Running wild + Sleeping outside = Kid Heaven.
These days, I do more campfire cooking in my backyard portable metal firepit than I do actual campfire cooking in an actual campground. Much more fun.
So, every summer, we have the best of both worlds: campfire in a small portable campfire. And then sleeping in our own comfy beds at night. Plus hot showers and no bug bites. Definite plusses.
Our family developed some really delicious campfire desserts over the years, and I wanted to share some of them with you. These are our top three fave campfire desserts of all time.
CAMPFIRE BLUEBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS
These babies are so delicious and so foolproof even kids as young a 5 can put them together with minimal help and throw them in the fire.
Here is the entire recipe:
Stir up a box of blueberry muffin mix according to the package directions.
Cut an orange in half and scoop out all the orange flesh. Save orange flesh for another time, or strain and drink the orange juice.
Fill one half of emptied orange with blueberry muffin mix.
Cover the filled orange half with the empty orange half and then wrap in three layers of aluminum foil.
Just throw them in the fire. No, really. Literally toss them in the fire. I know, I know. This might be scary the first time you do it. But trust me - they will not burn! The orange peel will insulate the muffin mix from burning. The orange peel itself might blacken a little, but the mix in the middle will turn out steamed and delicious. Like a steamed pudding. With a delicious orange flavor. Yum.
Keep turning the aluminum balls over and over in the fire, every minute or so. It usually takes about 10 minutes, but go ahead and pull them out and check them once in awhile until they are firm in the middle.
Then unwrap and eat with a spoon!
This, I think, is my very favorite campfire dessert of all time. My mouth is watering as I am writing this!
These are another easy foolproof but delicious dessert - with three ingredients: crescent roll dough in the tubes; chocolate pudding; whipped cream from a spray can.
You will need some wooden dowels, about 2 inches in diameter is best. Then, soak them for a few hours before using them.
Wrap some crescent roll dough around the soaked part of the dowels.
Then, just hold them over the fire until the dough cooks. Don't hold them too close to the fire, or the dough will burn before it cooks through.
Then, fill with chocolate pudding. I like to put the pudding in a zip top bag and then cut one corner out and squeeze the pudding into the crescent roll tubes. Then, top with whipped cream.
These are yummy while the dough is warm but the pudding is cool.
TOASTED ANGEL FOOD CAKE WITH WARMED BERRY TOPPING
This is another super easy dessert that tastes amazing when you're gathered around a cozy campfire.
You just hold slabs of angel food cake on sticks over a fire - so easy that kids can do their own, just like s'mores.
Then, you slice some berries and add them to an aluminum foil packet with some brown sugar and toss the packet on the fire. Again, really. Be Brave! It won't burn. Just leave it for a minute on each side and then remove. The berries turn out warm and sweet and delicious.
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