Smore

4 CROWD-PLEASING AND EASY CAMPING DESSERTS

Picture this: it’s nighttime, and you’re sitting around a campfire with your friends in the middle of the woods. You’ve just had dinner, and you all think it’s the perfect time for some sweet dessert. But, you can’t think of anything decent to make. If you’ve ever stumbled upon this problem, then you’ve come to the right place. Try my four easy camping desserts you can make when you’re in the great outdoors.

THE CLASSIC S’MORE

What you’ll need:
Crackers
Chocolate bars
Marshmallows
Skewers

This one’s a no-brainer. When you go camping, the first thing you immediately think of is making s’mores around the campfire. Break the crackers and chocolate bars into smaller squares so they’ll be roughly around the same size. Put a piece of chocolate on one graham cracker. Set it aside.

Take a marshmallow and toast it on the campfire. Make sure you use a long skewer. When you’re satisfied with how toasted it is, place it on top of your cracker and chocolate combo. The residual heat from the marshmallow will make the chocolate melt. Place another cracker square on top of it all.

The beauty of making s’mores is that you can customise them however you like. Add peanut butter or jam. Get crazy and throw some pretzels in. You can even change up the type of cracker you want to use. Get creative!

DIPPED TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS

What you’ll need:
Marshmallows
Skewers
Bailey’s Irish Cream

Nothing says ‘camping party’ more than toasted marshmallows dipped in alcohol. Pour some Bailey’s Irish Cream into a cup with a wide rim. Set it aside for now. Take some marshmallows and put them on skewers. Grill them over the campfire until they’re toasted to your liking. While they’re still hot, dip the toasted marshmallows in the cup of Bailey’s until it’s covered well.

If you don’t like Bailey’s, you can choose a different kind of liqueur. This camping dessert is only for adults, so keep the alcohol away from the kids.

BANANA BOATS

What you’ll need:
Bananas
Any topping of your choice
Parchment paper
Foil

Another entry of the list of easy camping desserts is the banana boat. Take a banana and slice it down vertically on the side that curves in. Don’t slice it all the way through, or else, you’ll be left with two halves – and that’s not what you want. Pull the banana slightly open. This is where the fun part begins. Stuff the opening with any and as many toppings you want. You can go all out and put in the works. Or, you can keep it simple and sweet with just a little chocolate syrup, crushed nuts and mini marshmallows.
After you’re done with all the toppings, wrap the whole banana in parchment paper and then aluminium foil. Place your wrapped banana boats over your grill, banana side down. Wait a few minutes, unwrap and enjoy!

CHERRY COBBLER WITH ICE CREAM

What you’ll need:
Butter
Boxed white cake mix
Canned cherry pie filling
Ice cream (optional, but highly recommended)
Foil

This recipe is one that’ll surely impress your fellow campers. The first thing you need to do is take a large sheet of foil. Make sure it’s big enough to hold the entire mixture. There must also be extra space on all four sides you’ll be able to fold them in. If one sheet isn’t enough, you can take another and overlap them.

Next, pour out some cherry pie filling straight on the foil. The amount doesn’t have to be exact. It can be as much or as little as you like. On top of that, evenly distribute about half a cup of your white cake mix. Finally, take a few slices of butter and lay them out above the cake layer.

Fold the top and bottom part of your foil to cover the mixture. Then, fold the sides in to close it up. Make sure you don’t fold it too tight, or the cobbler will stick to the cover. Place the whole thing on your grill and heat it up for about 15 minutes. You can take a peek every once in a while to see if it’s fully cooked. When it’s done, take it off the grill and scoop some ice cream to go on top of your delicious cherry cobbler.

Some campers may find it hard to make desserts with such limited resources, but this list goes to show that you don’t need fancy equipment and an ample supply of ingredients to pull it off. Follow these easy camping desserts recipes, and I bet you will be the centre of attention on your next trip. Who knows? You might even want to try them at home next time.

 


 

Are there any delicious treats you can add to this list?

...
mm
Madeleine Park
madel@dinga.com.au

Madeleine is a real green thumb and spends most of her time outdoors in her garden if she is not outdoors somewhere else.