Friday, September 27, 2013

campfire donuts

A few people left comments or sent emails asking for my recipe for campfire donuts.  They are so ridiculously easy, I really just want to share with everyone.  I got the idea from my friend, Kelly, who made them for us in her home.  So you can make them at home, too!  And really, there is nothing better than freshly made donuts.  Nothing.  Don't argue with me, NOTHING.  Here is all you need:

2 cans Pillsbury biscuits
1/2 gallon to 1 gallon cooking oil
1 cup sugar
1/8 cup cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar

You will want to find the biscuits that are NOT flaky.  I haven't actually tried the flaky, but I've been told they don't hold up as well.  These are the butter biscuits.  Let me just say right here that there is absolutely nothing healthy about these, and we only felt ok about eating them after 6 mile rambling hike the day before.  Oh, ok, confession: I'd feel ok about eating them after no hike at all.
First you'll want to get your oil into a dutch oven directly over the fire.  Then punch holes in your donuts.  We used a shot glass, since that's what we had on hand.  Save the holes, those are the kid's favorites!  Once the oil is slowly bubbling, drop in a donut or ball to test.  If it takes more than a couple minutes to brown, you may want to heat the oil more.  If the donut turns brown immediately, take the oil off the fire to cool a bit.  It will still cook the donuts off the fire.  We floated 4 donuts at a time, using tongs to pull them out.  Wait until they are a golden brown.

Have your cinnamon sugar spread out on a plate so that you can immediately roll the hot donuts in the sugar.  It will stick better that way.
And that is it my friends!  So easy!  Brian left the oil on and made a batch of scotch eggs, which are also really easy camp food, too.  Happy camping!  The Fall is the best time to get lost in the woods, as long as there are donuts back at the campsite.


  1. Great adaptation! It makes me want to go camping. Almost.

  2. Looks absolutely perfect, I love doughnuts! :-)

  3. Oh my goodness. To me, nothing says Fall like homemade doughnuts. My Grandma Marie makes potato doughnuts every year and I am so excited! They are like fried crack. Your pictures are mouthwatering. And what those suckers lack in nutritional value, they make up for in cheering up lost hikers.

  4. Also. I really like how you had shot glasses on hand. :) ;) :)

  5. Going to try these for sure. They look so good!

  6. That is totally awesome! Really! I want to go camping now. :)

    And I'll bring shot glasses too, if I'm forced. ;)

  7. Yes! Ohmygod Yes! We (I) made the donuts this morning for brunching and they were a huge hit. Now I just need to get that hiking thing going...

  8. Wow, you have to be kidding me with these! You guys definately do camping right :)

  9. ACK! Now if only they made the dough gluten free I'd be sooooo all about these. I'm an interior sort of chic, but I'd totally camp if these were on the menu!


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