Camping cuisine can be a mixed experience. Some of us suffice with the barest of supplies, the poorest quality, and just try to scrap by; ‘after all’, you might hear someone say, ‘we’re just camping’. Others try for a more grandiose experience, lugging along pots, saute pans, six spatulas, and other superfluous and heavy things. But there is a middle ground here. A place where we can eat good food without lugging our entire kitchen and six cookbooks with us to get it. In this article, we’ll go over a couple different desserts you can make at your campfire without breaking the bank or your back to do it.
There are a few rules these desserts must follow in order for them to be good enough for us. First rule, they must be delicious. This is dessert, right? Second, it must be easy. We don’t want to waste three hours baking a yellow cake as we fry pineapple in a brown sugar glaze (but that does sound good). Third, it must not require crazy gear. Sure, if we need an extra pan to make this, okay. But we’re not lugging around a crepe pan with us just for a dessert. And finally, the fourth rule; it must be versatile. We’re not all going to have the exacts ingredients when we’re camping, a good dessert should have some leeway with it.
Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
This is a great, delicious dessert to make out at the campsite. As far as supplies go you will need a dutch oven (weird), a knife for cutting, a bowl, a spoon, and a campfire.
Bunch of apples (I think green apples cook up better, but sweeter, so it’s up to you)
1 Cup of butter
1 Cup of brown sugar
1 ¼ to 1 ½ Cup of Flour
½ Cup of quick oats (Usually the ones you’re eating for breakfast)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon (if you can manage bringing it along)
Making this is really simple. The hardest part is peeling and slicing the apples. Considering this dessert makes enough for a lot of people, you can have everyone pitch in. You want enough apples to fill the dutch oven about half way up. Next up, in a bowl add the sugar, flour (start with just a cup and add more if you need to), the oats, and the cinnamon (if you like nutmeg, you can bring it, too). Now mix all that up then cut the butter into it. Don’t know what that means? Basically put the butter into the mix and mash it all up with a spoon or a fork. You want to create a mealy consistency. Spread this mix over the apples and let cook for a 30 minutes to 1 hour, until the apples are soft.
On The Coals Orange Cake
Not only is the dessert delicious, it will also make you look awesome. And you get to eat oranges while you wait for them to bake.
Oranges – Depends on the size of the oranges, but I’d bring a dozen at least, anything extra you can eat.
White or Yellow Cake Mix (plus ingredients to make that mix) – Now, this parts a little vague, because you have options. You can bring any cake mix you want, I think White or Yellow cake mixes work best. If you want, you can mix up this batter before hand, at home, and bring it camping with you (in either a plastic container or a freezer bag). If not, you should look to a mix that requires the least amount of ingredients to put it together. If it does call for eggs (and it probably will) bring an Egg Substitute, the trails and campsites treat it a lot better than fragile eggs.
Okay, so we have to cut the tops off all the oranges and gut them out. About 1/3 inch off the top, if it pleases you, and make sure you save the tops. And make sure you do something with all those delicious orange guts, there’s no reason to be wasting. Next, fill the oranges with the cake mix while leaving a little room inside, about ¾ the way up. Now place the tops back on, wrap each orange in tin foil, and you can set them into the hot coals of a fire. Cook until the cake is done and moist, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Here we have two great desserts that are easy to make, awesome to eat, and easy to bring. Each has leeway, too. You can change them up as you please, the general idea is there and as you experiment with them, you can make each recipe your own.