Did you ever make campfire donuts? I’ve never made them before, but before Dan and I headed out on our last camping trip of 2020, I somehow got the idea to try. Dan and I don’t usually make campfires, but with the beautiful fall evenings which are mosquito free, I thought it would be a good time to enjoy a fire and try something new. So, I watched a Youtube video, gathered what I needed, and left home with anticipation of all we’d see and do and eat!
Here’s what I needed to make the donuts:
- a cast iron skillet
- a potholder
- 8 ready-to-bake jumbo flaky biscuits
- Crisco (shortening)
We bought firewood at the state park store, and we gathered some kindling. However, we still had trouble starting a fire, but our nice campsite neighbors gave us some additional kindling as well as a fire starter. Once the fire got going, the rest was a piece of cake, or should I say, donut?
I took the ready-to-bake biscuits, and cut an “x” in the middle, and then reformed the biscuit to a donut shape. Once the shortening was melted and bubbly, we fried the biscuit. This went quickly, maybe 2 minutes per side, at the most.
Then we decorated the donuts with icing, gave away 2 to our helpful neighbors, ate 2 ourselves, and packed away 4 to have with our next 2 breakfasts.
So, how did they taste? They were good, kind of similar to a funnel cake, but not exactly. They were really the best tasting right after making them, but they were still good for breakfast the next morning. However, I would like to see if I can improve upon them for the next time.
Here’s my thoughts:
- Should I use something different than Crisco shortening? Perhaps using a different cooking oil would improve the taste.
- I had bought cookie icing in a resealable tube, so I could save the leftover icing. However, I really like a cream cheese icing, so I plan to try this the next time.
- Instead of cutting an “x”, I could “press out” a circle in the middle of the biscuit. The inner circles could cook as donut holes. It’s possible “cutting out” some of the weight of the biscuit would improve the flavor as well by making it less heavy, less filling.
- Lastly, are ready-to-bake biscuits the best option to use? I have a recipe from my Grandmother who made home-made donuts. I want to find that recipe and try making campfire donuts from it. I can still hear my Grandma say, “Anything in moderation.”, and she lived until she was 98.
- Other toppings, such as powered sugar or cinnamon and sugar, could be great choices. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a “campfire donut bar”? What kind of toppings would you want?
Now, I wouldn’t want to eat them too often, but I do think campfire donuts can be an occasional, fun treat to make when out in the woods. What do you think? Have you ever made campfire donuts? Let me know in the comments below. Until the next time, stay safe, and enjoy your day!