Camping in our family is kind of a big deal. Most of our vacations involve some form of sleeping in our restored 1970s Apache Eagle tent camper, and even before the Apache we tent camped at least twice a year. My extended family gets together and camps for a week or two every August, and hubby and I’ve camped our way through a 3 week Beetle trip as well as a 12 day Smokey Mountains visit.
So yeah, we know our camping. There are some staples in our repertoire, like the Campfire Monkey Bread, the Orange Peel Cinnamon rolls, and I’ve even made some Camp themed journal cards to use in our memory keeping. Well now that we’ve tried camping donuts – I’ve added a new favorite to the list of camping recipes!
In our trip to the Smokey’s, hubby and I wanted to keep a few of our weekly traditions in place to make the trip easier on our toddler. He’d never been away from home that long, and we had no idea how he was going to take to living out of our camper for days on end (spoiler: he loved it). Since every Sunday we walk to get donuts before church, we decided to make donuts every Sunday while camping as well! I know what you’re thinking. “Donuts Camping!? Yeast, bread making, rising all that while camping!?” Oh no. Definitely not.
We took a page from the Campfire Monkey Bread recipe and started with biscuit dough. Then, with some hot oil and a can of frosting (with sprinkles, since The Squish always gets a sprinkle donut at home) we were munching on delicious warm donuts and sipping an amazing french-press coffee. The food plus the view beats anything we get at the donut shop back home.
What You Need:
- Can of ready-to-bake biscuit dough
- A heavy cast iron or other dutch oven (a camp cooking must have)
- Enough vegetable or canola oil to float a donut in your pot
- A can of vanilla frosting
- Butter knife
- Wire rack or paper towel
How To Make It:
- Heat your oil on your camp stove. We didn’t have a thermometer, so we just watched for the oil to shimmer. (While I do think this is achievable over a fire, I don’t recommend it unless you routinely cook that way.)
- Pop your biscuits and cut a hole into the center of each. We used a water bottle to make the holes, but you could use a sharp knife as well.
- Cook the donuts one or two at a time, flipping when golden in color.
- Remove the donuts and allow them to cool a bit on a wire rack or a paper towel.
- When still a bit warm, frost the donuts with the frosting and watch it melt/goo before your eyes!
- Bonus if you top with sprinkles.