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Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins

Posted by Alec on June 8 2017.

Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins campfireI have recently taken up blogging about Glamping, In order to do so I thought I had better explain what I mean by glamping… Clearly its a hybrid of the words glamour and camping, Glamping includes feeling warm and cosy, protected from the rain, with loads of home comforts and delicious food to enjoy making and more importantly eating. The perfect weekend away!

Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins

When my wife and I go camping we simply take loads of home comforts, in fact if our car isn’t almost completely full, then we haven’t packed enough stuff. In Finland, they have an expression “there is no such thing as too cold, just not enough clothes.” As for Food, whilst I do love a good BBQ, I am very keen to ensure that we eat better when we are camping than we would at home, which is why my wife and I have started to focus on the most elaborate camp food we could!

Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins – Ingredients

This is my favourite camp baking recipes its great to get everyone involved; kids love it, and to be completely honest it’s not one of my own! I found it many years ago in a cool camping cook book. I have of course adapted it after years of making it on a fire – the best addition I have made was the use of a biscuit or chocolate tin as a camp oven.

You will need,

  • 1 packet of muffin mix, chocolate flavour makes 6 Muffins
  • What ever else your muffin needs (usually milk but possibly eggs as well)
  • 6 Oranges
  • 6 Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Another bowl to catch the orange flesh.
  • Tin Foil
  • Large Biscuit tin Tin box ,we use Quality street or roses tins. it will be damaged by the fire, but you can use it a few times.
  • Sharp Knife
  • Small shovel, or set of BBQ tools will do the job

Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins – Instructions

First light a fire – you will need a bed of embers.

Next prepare the oranges, we effectively need to use the whole peel of the orange in a single piece as a muffin case. Cut the top of the oranges with a sharp knife and discard the top.

Gently scoop out the flesh of the orange, and collect into a single bowl. This job will take a while as it has to be done really carefully, I always take a spare orange in case anyone put a spoon through one. You should be left with six cup-like orange peels ready to use as muffin cases and a bowl of orange juice and pulp to find another use for.

Next you need to use the tin foil to cup the orange peels, we use the foil to both protect them and to help them to stand upright. It’s important not to let the foil come up as far as the lip of the “muffin case” so that when the muffin rises it makes a nice top. Stuff your “muffin cases” into the biscuit tin so that they are all given equal space, it will take a little juggling and perhaps a little more foil.

Make up the muffin mix as instructed its usually really simple (its worth knowing that the mix sets hard so soak the bowl when you have finished), and distribute it amongst the cases, and put the lid of the biscuit tin.

Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins – Biscuit Tin Oven

You now need to scrape the embers to the side of the fire, and place the tin in the space you have cleared, you will also need to put some of the embers on the lid of the tin. This is where this recipe gets tricky, and a bit of experience does help here, but don’t be too scared. The ground that the fire was built on will hold a lot of heat, and so as you clear the embers from the fire, make sure the layer you leave is not too thick, and you only need about a cup full of embers for the lid. Baking time will be about 10 – 15 mins, but do check what it says on the packet; they are easy to see if they are done. As the tops will have risen nicely and starting to dry out.

Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins – Enjoy

Eat these delicious Chocolate Orange Camp Muffins as soon as they are out of the fire with a spoon! They are the best camp breakfast I have ever had.

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