Five Stuffed Orange Camping Desserts


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Orange parfait with almonds and poppy seeds

Oranges are great for camping.  They’re healthy for you and have their own wrapper.  If you want to add flavoring to anything you can finely grate the peel and add it, and you can squeeze them for fresh orange juice in the morning.  Slicing them up and adding them to the pan you are cooking your porkchops or chicken in makes an unforgettable entrée, too.  But for now, let’s do five desserts that you can make using hollowed-out oranges.  The kids are going to love them, I promise.  You will, too.

Healthy, beautiful, delicious and easy to pack and serve–it’s practically a camper’s mandatory ingredient for the camp kitchen!

1.  Muffins.

Muffin or quick loaf mix makes a denser dessert. Delicious, though. Eat it with a spoon right out of the orange!

So simple and great for lunches.  Make up a batch of instant muffin mix and set aside.  Remove top of orange, scoop out the flesh and pour the batter in.  Replace orange top and wrap tightly with tinfoil (two thicknesses gives good protection). Place wrapped oranges in among the campfire coals for about twenty minutes to a half hour, turning every ten minutes and putting fresh coals around them.  Remove, cool and either peel the orange away or eat straight from the orange half.


2.  Cake.

Same method as the muffins.  Make instant cake mix (chocolate is awesome) and pour into hollowed out orange.  Wrap in tinfoil and bake among the coals.  Let cool completely, remove tinfoil and top with a spoonful of whipped topping. Eat with a fork or spoon.


3.  Individual S’mores Dip.

Take your hollowed-out orange and pack with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips  and about a teaspoon of milk.  Wrap in tinfoil and set carefully, opened side up, among the coals of the campfire.  Turn around (do not upend) from time to time so all sides are heated up.  After about twenty minutes, remove and take off tinfoil.  Wrap some paper towel around so you can hold the hot orange, and serve with graham crackers for dipping.


4.  Cinnamon Buns.

Cut your orange in half, hollow out and place on piece of foil.  Open your Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll package and stuff one cinnamon roll into each orange half, wrap in foil and bake in campfire coals for about a half-hour to forty-five minutes, depending on how hot the coals are and how cold or windy the day is.  After half an hour, open one to check.  Replace if not quite done.  When rolls are done, remove tinfoil and drizzle tops of rolls with icing.


5.  Parfaits.

You will need, per person, one orange, about 1/4 cup whipped topping of choice, vanilla pudding, about 1/8 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped; and about 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding.

Cut the top off each orange and poach in water for about fifteen minutes (poaching makes it easier for you to hollow them out).  In the meantime, make instant vanilla pudding and set aside. Remove, cool until you are able to handle them, and hollow out, reserving the orange flesh. Chop roughly, place in a colander over a bowl to drain and set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix half the drained, chopped orange with an equal amount of whipped topping.  Then layer the hollowed-out orange with: a spoonful of instant vanilla pudding, a layer of chopped nuts, a spoonful of orange-whip topping, and repeat layers, ending with the topping.  Garnish with a shelled pistachio nut or almond.  Eat with a spoon.

We developed that last recipe for camping for our family; you won’t (for awhile, anyway) see it anywhere else on the web or in cookbooks.  It’s a keeper, let me tell you. Versatile, too, swap out any of those ingredients with others; instant chocolate pudding, shaved chocolate instead of nuts, almonds instead of pistachios, or add crumbled graham crackers or cookies; you can throw in some fruit, like banana slices or strawberry slices–the variety is endless.

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