A couple years ago we started making these fried donuts while camping. Now it’s our family tradition, and they just keep getting better and better ! Camping alone is enough to get super excited about but knowing one morning we will have these crispy sugary donuts… well, we all really look forward to that the most I think! Pair it with a cup of hot coffee from the percolator and you have perfection.
This past weekend we went up to Cripple Creek, CO to camp for the long weekend and had a blast! ( check out some of the photos from our trip at the bottom of this post)
We made these delicious donuts for the whole group and everyone loved them!
What you will need:
- a (seasoned) deep cast iron skillet
- 2-3 tubes Pillsbury flaky or original biscuits
- an empty beer bottle
- paper bag
- cinnamon and sugar
We use this grate to cook on over the campfire and heat the skillet for a bit with some oil in it. I don’t really measure it, but I am guessing it’s about 1 cup. When the oil is starting to slightly simmer and bubble that’s when you know it is ready. While the oil is heating up, you can get the dough ready. You want to punch a hole in the middle of each biscuit with the top of that empty beer bottle to make a donut shape. It’s easiest if you have the biscuit on a flat surface and then just push down with the beer bottle until it goes all the way through the dough.
You can really only make 3-4 biscuits at a time as you need to be constantly watching them and flipping them. Getting the right temperature of the fire can be tricky… you don’t want it too hot as they can easily burn but you also don’t want them to take forever because you are hungry. You want to brown each side and then also the sides around the biscuit too. That’s why cooking only a few at a time is helpful because you will want to hold the biscuits on their sides with the tongs to brown every part of the donut.
Next comes the fun part! With all the cinnamon and sugar you want, add that to the paper bag and then shake shake shake ! Make sure you shake that donut well to cover it with the most cinnamon-sugar goodness possible.
These donuts are kind of like an elephant ear at a carnival and they always taste SO amazing when camping. I am hungry for them right now…. drool.
If you try them out, let me know how they turned out!
Have a beautiful day!
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Some photos from our trip…