Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A Marshmallow World

There is nothing quite like a meal made on a camp fire.  It takes a little bit longer to cook, but that smoked taste is always well worth the wait.  The more time I spend camping with little ones, the more creative I've tried to become with camp cooking...with a particular focus on dessert.  Here are two recipes that are easy to make camping (even easier if you complete some preparatory work ahead of time) that have been enjoyed by many, big and small.

Jackie and I camping Summer 2013.

Campfire S'more Cones with "the works"
Ingredients & Supplies needed:
Aluminium foil
Sugar or waffle cones (note: the bigger the cone the more items you can melt inside)
Miniature marshmallows
Milk chocolate chips
Fresh Fruit (we used sliced bananas and strawberries)

Step 1: fill the cone with all of your tasty fillings
Step 2: wrap cone in tin foil and heat over camp fire
Step 3: unwrap, let cool for a minute and enjoy the gooey goodness

It should be noted that while we were camping recently a feisty teenage raccoon (our niece named him Turkey) broke into our kitchen tent and ran away with a half full bag of mini marshmallows.  Thankfully everyone had just enjoyed their cone desserts so the kids were more amused then upset.  The legend of Turkey will live on in many of our campfire stories (and the merit of lessons about putting away your food before you visit the tap for dish water).

Grilled Pineapple
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can prepare it before you go camping and bring it with you.  It will taste even better if you let it marinate over night.

Aluminium Foil
1 large pineapple (cut into rings or spears whatever you prefer)
4 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar)

Step 1: Prepare and marinate your pineapple (for a minimum of an hour)
Step 2: Wrap in Foil
Step 3: Cook over fire until toasty brown and enjoy the golden sweetness of this treat

I have a love/hate relationship with pineapple.  I love to eat it, however every once in a while I have an allergic reaction (which consists of lip swelling, ear itching and me consuming copious amounts of Benadryl).  I had some allergy tests run a few years ago and it turns out I'm allergic to something they spray pineapple with, not pineapple itself.  There is no way for me to guess what chemicals are sprayed on which specific pineapples.  I give in and indulge in this treat every once in a while because it tastes so good.  I have been lucky and never had a reaction when I've prepared grilled pineapple while camping.

What are your favourite BBQ or camping dessert recipes?

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