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08 Aug, 2013

Our new favourite camping dessert recipe

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I blog so that I can remember, and in that vein I am slowly gathering my thoughts about our recent camping trip to Grundy Lake Provincial Park. I wanted to share a few recipes that we cooked up while we were there. There are a couple I know some of you may want to try out yourselves, whether you belong to a camping family or not. :)

As soon as I spotted these campfire donuts I knew I had to make them. Ours turned out splendidly, although not nearly as pretty as the photo in the link above. Oh well. We were CAMPING after all, and the important thing to know is that these donuts taste SIMPLY AWESOME (and I’m not just saying that because everything tastes a hundred times better when eaten outdoors).

When these donuts are served with coffee it is MANNA FROM HEAVEN.

Camping donuts

This really isn’t even a recipe – it is mere assembly – but I will jot it here anyway for your reference (and mine).

Recipe for camping donuts

You will need:

  • a deep frying pan (a cast iron pan is great for this)
  • oil for frying
  • canned biscuits
  • icing sugar or a mix of cinnamon/sugar

1) While the oil is heating up, cut holes in each biscuit using a sharp knife. This allows for even frying AND donut holes are fun to eat too.

2) Fry each donut until well-browned on both sides.

3) Toss with sugar, and eat them while they’re warm.

Camping donuts

Camping donuts

They were soooo good. In fact, I might even make them again at home. Oh my poor waistline…

3 Responses to "Our new favourite camping dessert recipe"

1 | Carrie

August 8th, 2013 at 10:05 am


Great idea! We made fried biscuits on our trip, and I had a hard time getting the centres to cook without turning the edges too brown. Wish I had thought of this then! Doh…

2 | Sarah McCormack

August 8th, 2013 at 5:09 pm


not sure if I’ll be able to sleep tonight..thinking about these!

3 | Camping 2013: Grundy Lake Provincial Park >> a peek inside the fishbowl

August 9th, 2013 at 6:07 am


[…] deliberate pace of camping. I like the taste of food cooked on an open fire (as evidenced by the camping donut recipe I posted yesterday)! I like the sound of the wind rustling the branches while I’m lying snug […]

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