Campfire Muffins and Cherry Pies

This was our inspiration!

This was our inspiration!

We saw the idea for campfire muffins on the Great American Backyard Campout’s Get Ready page. (Look under Camping Recipes.) We loved this idea…what a great way to reuse an orange peel and cut back on the number of paper plates and other supplies you might need! Plus, it’s a good reason to get and eat a bunch of oranges. We emptied out our oranges and left it for the birds. Then we washed them out and let them dry good overnight.

While the original inspiration was for making muffins in the oranges (you put the mix right in the orange half, wrap it in foil and then bake it for about 20 minutes), we wanted to have a little fun with ours. So we decided to make mini cherry pies.

To do this, we used a measured cup to cut a nice round hole in our bread. Then we pressed it into the orange half. Next, we added cherry pie filling and then topped it with the leftover strips of bread that we had cut away later. We followed the rest of the instructions, wrapping it in foil and setting it in the fire for about 20 minutes, and then we unwrapped it and let it cool for a few minutes.

It was yummy! Next, we want to see if we can bake little quiches in the orange halves. I bet it can be done.

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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