Cooking Dough Boys over a campfire is what great childhoods are made of! This easy and fun camping dessert is great for kids of all ages and is super tasty.
Every summer of my Canadian youth, my family would head to our cabin where almost all the food we made was cooked on/in the fire. My favorite by far was cooking doughboys on sticks. It was fun because I got to build and cook it myself, which made it taste even better to me.
Since then I've made these part of backyard and beach bonfire parties and they are always a huge hit!
Let's get busy learning how to make these tasty outdoor treats!
Step 1: Supplies
- biscuit dough mix
- 4' x 1" dowels with one end rounded (like pictured)
- large mixing bowl
- mixing spoon
- measuring cup (or any old cup will do)
- things to fill your doughboy with (see step 6 for suggestions)
And of course a campfire!
Step 2: Dry Goods
Measure out the amount of biscuit mix the recipe on the box calls for. (Mine called for 2 1/4 cups of mix and it made 8 doughboys.)
Add it to the mixing bowl and use the spoon to create a little crater or well in the center of the bowl for you to pour the milk into.
Step 3: Measure & Mix
Measure out the milk called for in the recipe and slowly add it to the mix, stirring as you go. DO NOT dump all the milk in at once. Just keep adding it a little bit at a time until the dough holds together, but isn't too sticky. Too sticky will equal very doughy hands instead of only slightly doughy hands.
Step 4: Building Your Boys
Scoop out a small handful of dough and form it around the rounded end of your dowel. The thinner the dough, the faster and more evenly it will cook, so shoot for a dough 'wall' thickness of 3/16 - 1/4". Also be sure to completely cover the end of the stick (no holes or gaps) so when you add the butter and jam once it's cooked, it wouldn't drip out*.
*Doughboys are basically vehicles for delicious things like butter, jams, fresh fruit, etc.
Step 5: Patience Young Grasshopper
Place your doughboy 8-10" away from the coals of a low burning fire. Slowly rotate the stick (think rotisserie) until it's cooked. (about 4-6 minutes)
You will know that it's cooked all the way through when you can pull it off the stick with no resistance. If it doesn't want to budge, cook it a little longer and then do the pull test again. Repeat until it slides off easily.
Step 6: The Delicious Part
Now it's time to reap the rewards of all your hard work and patience. And by this I of course mean BUTTER!
Fill your cooked doughboy with anything you want! Here are some great things to try:
butter & jam
whipped cream & fresh fruit
Nutella & chopped nuts
scrambled eggs & cheese
peanut butter & honey
figs & honey
cream cheese & strawberries
bacon & cheese
I like to set up a little buffet of different options so everyone can choose their own taste adventure.
Step 7: Happy Camping!
It's a little more effort than roasting marshmallows, but trust me, you will be the star of the campsite for going the extra dessert mile.