May 4, 2012

Campfire Chocolate Orange Muffins

Last week was National Park Week (to coincide with earth day/week), which meant free entrance to many national parks! {Checkout the U.S. National Park Service website to mark other free entrance days on your calendar.} So my family planned a little trip to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks near Moab, Utah. We had a blast! 

We stayed in a little cabin for 2 nights, which was easier than worrying about sleeping in a tent with our 10 month old baby. During our stay we tried a new camping recipe:  

Campfire Chocolate Orange Muffins

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and yummy this campfire treat was, and we'll definitely be doing it again!

I found this recipe idea from this blog post. It provides a great tutorial, but I'd like to share my version here as well. First, here is everything that you'll need.

Jiffy chocolate muffin mix
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

Other supplies:
mixing bowl
measuring cup
aluminum foil

{Step 1} Cut the top off the orange and set aside. Save the tops, you'll need them again later.

{Step 2} Remove the insides of the orange leaving only the orange rind. I used a spoon to dig out the orange and placed the leftovers on a paper plate. The orange was very easy to remove, just a little messy because I didn't squeeze the juice out first. We ate the orange bits with our breakfast so they weren't wasted.

{Step 3} - Mix the Jiffy chocolate muffins following the directions on the box. I chose Jiffy because it was the smallest muffin mix at the store. I only planned to make 3 oranges and I didn't want to have lots of leftover batter go to waste.

{Step 4} Spoon the muffin batter into the empty orange rinds. Fill oranges 1/2 - 3/4 with muffin batter. I filled our oranges too full, so the muffin spilled out over the edge when it cooked. But the aluminum foil kept it from getting too messy or spilling onto the coals.

{Step 5} Replace the top on the orange and rap the entire orange in aluminum foil.

{Step 6} Cook the oranges. Follow the directions from the muffin mix for cooking time.  We used charcoals and placed the oranges directly on them. We turned the oranges upside-down halfway through their cook time to make sure the muffins cooked all the way through. We also improvised and placed an aluminum pan on top of the oranges as a makeshift dome while they were cooking.

{Step 7} Unwrap oranges and eat when the muffin is cooked! Our muffins baked for 10-20 minutes. That's a broad estimate because I wasn't watching the clock too closely. 

When our muffins were done, I served them with some chocolate snack puddings so they wouldn't be as dry. Personally, I don't like eating dry cake/muffins and I didn't want to deal with frosting. Plus the snack puddings were easy because they didn't have to be refrigerated and they were already 1 person serving sizes. The combination was super chocolatey with a hint of orange. Yum!

This is a quick campfire recipe that you can enjoy while camping or in your backyard fire pit!

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh... This looks like delicious camping treat!! I know a few chocolate lovers in my family!!


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