Snacks & Treats

Campfire Muffins Baked in Oranges

Aug 24, 2016

Today we will reveal the secrets of how to bake the perfect muffin in an orange! They are Parka’s favorite and will surely be a hit with your kids too! We suggest cooking them over a campfire, but these muffins can also be baked in a barbecue or in the oven, just to give you a little taste of camping at home!

You'll need:

  • 4 large thick-skinned oranges
  • 1 1/3 cup of your favorite muffin batter (bran muffin mix works well)
  • Aluminum foil

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How to make Campfire Muffins:

Using a knife, slice the top off of each orange and set aside. Keeping the skin as intact as possible, carefully scoop out the orange flesh with a spoon. This can later be used for a snack or fruit salad or use the juice in your muffin mix. You could add leftover dried fruit or nuts (cranberries, dates, raisins, walnuts) to your batter before spooning it into the orange.

A plate full of hollowed-out orange peels.

Half-fill each orange with the muffin batter (leaving room for expansion). If desired, add a sprinkle of brown sugar and a pat of butter on top of the batter for a decadent caramel-like topping. You could also try putting a couple of chocolate chips on top. Put the top of the orange peel back, creating a lid. Wrap each orange in aluminum foil, shaping a foil handle at the top of the orange.

Three kids holding orange-muffins wrapped in foil with small handles on the top.

Cook your muffins as follows:

  • Campfire option: Place each foil-wrapped orange in the hot embers of your campfire for approximately 20–30 minutes, rotating several times to avoid burning.
  • Barbecue option: Same as campfire.
  • Oven option: Place the oranges in a 400°F preheated oven for approximately 20–30 minutes (flipping or rotating is not necessary as the heat in your oven should be evenly distributed).

To test to see if the muffin is fully cooked, remove one from the fire. Carefully take off the aluminum foil (making sure the opening is at the top) and insert a toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done! If not, wrap the aluminum foil around the orange and place back in the fire.

When done, let your oranges cool for approximately 5 minutes.  Eat with a spoon or peel open your moist and orange-infused muffins… and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Approximately ½ of the muffin batter will fill 4 oranges. You can either freeze the other half for later, or fill 4 more oranges. 
  • If you are mixing your muffin batter at the campsite, make sure it is a mix that requires minimal additions and you have all the required ingredients with you.
  • If you are planning a camping trip, you could premix the muffin batter as directed below in a food-safe reusable bag or container and freeze it ahead of time. Make sure it has completely thawed before you begin.

If you want to make your own muffin batter, here's how:

  • 1 ¼ cup instant oatmeal
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ cup of oil (olive, vegetable, sunflower, etc.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 1 1/3 cup milk (quantity will vary depending on whether you decide to add orange juice)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice from emptying the oranges (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. (A well is a hole mounded up on all sides to hold wet ingredients.) In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour all wet ingredients into the well. Mix quickly and lightly until moistened. The final mixture should be rather thick.


Article Author Club Parka, Parks Canada
Club Parka, Parks Canada

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