(Scouts) Campfire Doughnuts – Fun and easy to make

These doughnuts are easy to cook over a campfire, a BBQ, or even a gas hob, making them a great thing to try with the kids on your next camping trip.

Finished Campfire Doughnuts

These ‘campfire doughnuts’ are very simple to make and a fun activity to do with your kids at the campsite.

We’ve made doughnuts before in our Dutch Oven (deep frying in a Dutch Oven is a good way to season it) but these are a lot simpler and use much less oil. You could even cook them in a frying pan.

Credit for this recipe goes to the Scout’s Essential Camping Cookbook (review here). This is one of the fun recipes we’ve tried from the book.

How to make Campfire Doughnuts

Make up a batter.

At the same time, make some jam sandwiches with three slices of bread each (a triple-decker sandwich).

Cut off the crusts and cut into squares.

Cut the Sandwiches

Dip each jam sandwich into the batter.

Dip sandwiches in batter

Fry the batter soaked sandwich in some oil.

Fry the doughnuts in oil

Fry until they go golden brown (ok, some of mine are a little more ‘brown’ than ‘golden’).

Fry until Golden

Remove, drain any oil and sprinkle with sugar.

Sprinkle the Doughnuts with Sugar

You should end up with some square shaped doughnuts/fried jam sandwiches. (This definitely isn’t healthy food).

They actually taste quite a bit like doughnuts (try to visualise a doughnut as you eat it, and not a fried jam sandwich!).

Give them a go. They’re really good fun to make, and you don’t need a lot of items either.

Waiting for Doughnuts

You can see it in their faces: “C’mon Dad! Hurry up and take the photo so we can eat the doughnuts!”


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5 Comments
  1. Do you have any specific type of batter you used? Thanks

  2. what do you do with all the oil used for your frying?

  3. I would definitely give this a go!! Makes my mouth water just thinking about that goodness!

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