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Campfire is my favourite thing that my Guide unit does. It really shows off how independent my girls have become and the skills they have learnt – most of them come to us too afraid to even strike a match, and suddenly here they are building a great big fire! It’s also a good time for a bit of reflection on what we enjoy about being Guides and what it means to us. That’s the sentimental part from the leaders, but for the girls the best thing is, without doubt, THE FOOD! Here are a few firm favourites. They also make excellent camp desserts. Instead of trying to cook a proper dessert over fire or on a tiny stove, just let them loose with these recipes. These recipes can of course be used as dessert ideas when using a cooking fire as well.
Dampers are a really traditional campfire snack. They are basically bread, and you can jazz them up with honey, jam or chocolate spread. If you feel like getting a fire going in the morning, you can also make these an accompaniment to your camp breakfasts, instead of boring old sliced bread, or you could add peanut butter or cheese spread to make them into savoury campfire treats.
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
Rub the butter into the flour until it is all crumbly. Mix in the salt, sugar and a little milk at a time until it forms a dough. Divide into pieces and roll into a snake shape. Wind around a clean, dry stick. Hold over the campfire to cook for about 7-10 minutes. Slather in jam and enjoy!
SO TASTY! Ice cream cones are a treat, but these are so much better!
Various ingredients to fill them – be inventive! (Chocolate chips, marshmallows, strawberries, banana, pineapple, blueberries)
Tin foil to wrap
Put ingredients out and let each girl fill a cone with ingredients of her choice. Wrap cones in tin foil and place on the edge of the fire for long enough for the marshmallows and chocolate to melt. Open carefully and enjoy!
This is another recipe that can be changed according to what you have on hand. As long as you have the apples and bananas you can put anything sweet inside – dried fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, even left over mince pie filling has been used in the past! My personal favourite is cinnamon and sultanas in apples and chocolate buttons in bananas (they fit in really well).
Apples or bananas
Fillings (raisins, sultanas, dried apricot, nuts, chocolate, marshmallows, sweets, it’s up to you!)
For apples: take the core out from the top, but try not to cut through the bottom of the apple. This is quite tricky and it’s not the end of the world if you do. Fill the hole with fillings, wrap apple in foil and place in the fire. Cook for about 15 minutes.
For bananas: Cut through the skin and into the flesh along one side of the banana, fill with chosen fillings. Wrap in foil and put in the fire for about 10 minutes.
Hot Fruit Doughnuts
So simple. So tasty!
Slice the doughnut in half, put the pineapple ring in the middle. Wrap in foil and warm in the fire for a few minutes.
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