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Recipe: Campout blueberry muffins

Posted May 15, 2014

I love the idea of camping, but I love the idea of my bed and no insects even more! But kids, that’s a different story. Dirt + Fire + Running wild + Water to splash in + Sleeping outside = Kid Heaven.

I do more campfire cooking in my backyard portable metal fire pit than I do actual campfire cooking in an actual campground. 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 improvement.

These are so fast and are so delicious and so foolproof even kids as young as five 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.

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!

Susan is the Raleigh mom of two and owner of Flour Power Cooking Studios for kids and teens (formerly Lil' Chef) with locations at Raleigh's North Hills and Charlotte. Go Ask Mom features recipes every Friday. For more, check WRAL.com's recipe database.

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  • SaveEnergyMan May 18, 2014

    These are great and don't require a lot of cleanup

    Another great campfire dessert is apples. Core the apples and wrap in heavy duty foil. Fill the empty core with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Seal the foil and put into the coals until the apple gets soft.

  • shall6 May 17, 2014

    Great question! I checked in with Susan, who shared this: I usually use the Martha White brand muffin mix that's in the pouch at the store and it will usually fill about three oranges.

    Sarah

  • linlin161 May 16, 2014

    This is an amazing idea! I too love cooking out on my fire pit while getting to enjoy the 1st world comfort of my own bed. :) We'll try this this weekend, thanks for the innovative and delicious recipe! I also wondered about the number of oranges needed, so please share a general number.

  • cgf150 May 16, 2014

    About how many do you get from one box of mix?