Melissa's Cuisine: Campfire Eclairs

Friday, August 29, 2014

Campfire Eclairs

These easy campfire treats are fun to make and eat!  Fire cooked dough, stuffed with pudding and topped with frosting just can't be beat!
Melissa's Cuisine: Campfire Eclairs

Just because summer is drawing to a close doesn't mean it's the end of campfire season.  In fact, for many people, it's just the beginning.  Fall evenings are perfect to spend around a blazing campfire.

When I was in high school, my friends and I would often spend Friday nights at the football games.  Afterwards, we would head to another friend's house for a bonfire.  We'd hang out, play games like Ghost-in-the-Graveyard, and if we were lucky, we'd have a few roasted marshmallows!

I firmly believe that it's not a fire without roasted marshmallows!  But don't stop with just roasting marshmallows...  When we went camping as a kid, my mom would always bring a few wooden dowels (or we'd go hunt in the woods for some thick sticks) and a couple cans of biscuits or crescent rolls.  We'd wrap the biscuits around the dowel and then cook them over the fire.  Then we'd sprinkle the warm biscuits with cinnamon sugar and enjoy.
Melissa's Cuisine: Campfire Eclairs
Melissa's Cuisine: Campfire Eclairs

When we went camping in July, Mike's cousins introduced me to the version of campfire biscuits that they'd grown up with.  This version is definitely worth sharing with you!  Again, you just wrap a biscuit around a dowel and cook it.  Then, you fill the biscuit with vanilla pudding and top it all off with a smear of chocolate frosting.  Oh. My. Goodness.  These were incredible!  I couldn't believe I had never had them before.

Of course, I had to make them again after we got home so I could share them with you...
Melissa's Cuisine: Campfire Eclairs

Campfire Eclairs

Makes 8

1 can of crescent roll dough (you could also use biscuits)
8 vanilla pudding cups
1 tub of chocolate frosting
cooking spray

1.  Lightly grease the last 6 inches of your dowel or roasting stick with the cooking spray.  Don't go overboard or your biscuit will slide off! (Not that I know from experience or anything...)

2.  Wrap the crescent roll dough around the dowel starting at the top and working your way down.  Use your hand to press the dough out and make sure there are no holes.

3.  Cook the dough over hot coals, rotating often.  The biscuit is done when it is golden on the outside and slides effortlessly off the dowel.

4.  Carefully remove the biscuit from the dowel.  Fill with a cup of pudding and then spread chocolate frosting on top.

Below is the type of wooden dowel we typically use.  In the pictures above, you'll see the dowels that my in-laws had custom made.  Thick sticks with the bark cut off works well too.
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