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Campfire Desserts

Helen Olsson, author of The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids and blogger at maddogmom.com, shows us some easy desserts to make besides smores.

Check out Easy Camp Desserts on Helen's website.

Read on for campfire recipes for Bananas Foster, Baked Apples, Baked Peaches, and Cinnamon Buns.

Bananas Foster

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas
    • 4 teaspoons butter
    • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Directions

  1. At home, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small baggie.
  2. At camp, lay out four squares of heavy-duty foil.
  3. Peel bananas and slice lengthwise, setting each banana on a piece of foil.
  4. Dab each banana slice with butter, then sprinkle with the cinnamon-and-brown-sugar mixture. Dribble a little vanilla on each.
  5. Fold the foil to create airtight packets, but leave a bit of airspace around each banana, so the packets function like small ovens.
  6. Let the campfire burn down to hot coals. Carefully set the banana packets into the fire and let them cook for around 5 minutes, longer if the fire’s not too hot.
  7. Use tongs to remove the packets from the fire, and watch out for escaping steam when you open them.

 

Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Directions

  1. At home, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small plastic baggie.
  2. At camp, peel, core, and slice the apples into half-inch wedges.
  3. Place the slices on a large square of foil and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Wrap the foil into an airtight packet.
  4. Once the fire has burned down, place the foil pack on hot coals and cook for 5–10 minutes. (Cook time varies depending on the temp of the coals.

 Turn the baked apples into Apple Pie S’mores:

  1. Place a few cooked apple slices on a graham cracker square.
  2. Roast a marshmallow.
  3. Set the roasted marshmallow on the apples, top with second graham cracker square, and gently squeeze while removing roasting stick.

Apple pie s'mores, just like your grandmother never made them.

Baked Peaches

Ingredients

  •   2 Peaches
  •   2 tablespoons brown sugar
  •   1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Directions

  1. At home, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small plastic baggie.
  2. At camp, slice the peaches in half or in wedges. Remove the pit.
  3. Place the peaches on a large square of foil and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Wrap the foil into an airtight packet.
  4. Once the fire has burned down, place the foil pack on hot coals and cook for 3-10 minutes (cook time varies depending on the temp of the coals).

Cinnamon Buns in a Pie iron

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil
  • Package of cinnamon buns with frosting
  • Pie Iron
  •       Small saucepan with hot water

Directions

  1. Oil or butter the pie iron
  2. Place a cinnamon bun in the pie iron.
  3.       Place the frosting in a saucepan with warm water to heat up.
  4. Place pie iron in the hot coals of the campfire and cook till done. You’ll need to check often as the time it takes to cook the cinnamon bun varies greatly depending on the heat of your coals.
  5.       Drizzle on the frosting