This year marked another successful Memorial Day weekend camping trip with my family – complete with a little bit of rain, a little more wine, and even more laughs. As the main meal planner for the trip, I decided to experiment with a few new “menu” items. I had been looking up campfire-friendly meals and stumbled upon a recipe for muffins baked in orange peels right in the fire. This caught my eye right away, who wouldn’t want a warm muffin hot off the coals early in the morning?!
Blueberry-Orange Campfire Muffins:
- 1 box of blueberry muffin mix (I used Jiffy, it made just the right amount of batter for 4 muffins) + any ingredients required for muffin batter!
- 4 large navel oranges (or more depending on how many muffins you want to make)
- Aluminum foil
Start out by preparing the muffin mix according to the directions on the box and set aside. Then cut the oranges in half horizontally. I used a large spoon to dig around the fruit of each orange half and scooped it out of the peel (save the inside of the oranges for healthy snacking)! Once I had all of the peels emptied I ladled the batter into each orange half, covered it with the matching peel and wrapped them up tight in aluminum foil. My dad packed the oranges in the cooler before we left Saturday morning and they kept their form until it was time to bake them Sunday morning! We placed the foil balls right on the hot coals of the fire and after about 10 minutes I took a peek at one of the oranges – it wasn’t nearly done, back on the coals it went. We found that placing the orange on top of coals and underneath a hot log was the best way to get fast, even cooking. The finished product was a success: a perfectly cooked blueberry muffin with a hint of orange flavor. We dug into these muffins with a spoon and ate them right out of the peel!
Blueberry-Orange Campfire Muffins: Tara Tested, Tara and Family approved! I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about how these were going to turn out! A few of the orange peels ended up with holes in them from the gutting process, but the foil kept the batter from completely leaking out. The actual baking time was a little longer than I expected but all we had to do was sit by the fire, so waiting was not a big deal – it made the final product that much sweeter! The muffins themselves tasted great and I loved the hint of orange flavor from the peel. You could play with a few variations of this recipe…using different flavors of muffin mix or even baking pre-made cinnamon roll dough in the peels – definitely a possibility for breakfast next year! 🙂