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7 Weird (and Very Australian) Camping Food Ideas

Saturday 5th December 2015
By Dave Eddy
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By Dave Eddy
Some of our most cherished childhood memories probably consist of holidays with the family, camping or caravanning and playing with other kids.

Now that we’re all grown up, we are confronted with the challenge of cooking while at camp and making sure the food should be just as memorable.

Camplify’s got you covered with these 7 Weird Australian Camping Food Recipes. They’re tasty, easy to make and are sure to get everyone talking over the campfire.

Blueberry Cheese Pudgy Pies

For some, this Blueberry Cheese Pudgy Pie looks disgusting. But we definitely suggest taking just one bite and it will change your mind.

Pudgy Pies are made using a heavy metal round or square mould. The mould has long wooden handles that you put over the campfire. It is quite interesting to make.

All you need to do is put together everything like you do with a sandwich and put it over the fire. Cook each side for a few minutes until the bread becomes a toasted golden brown colour.

Besides blueberry, you can also fill the pie with cream cheese or fresh strawberries.

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Honey Rum Grilled Bananas

You ought to get a few sceptical looks from this one, but I assure you, this recipe is totally worth it.

In a bowl, blend everything – rum, honey and some cinnamon. Place it in a container while you prepare the grill. Place the bananas over direct heat, flip onto another side after 3 minutes or up until it has grill marks. Using a brush, add some honey-rum mixture to the bananas then continue grilling until the bananas are cooked. Add a scoop or two of ice cream.

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Australian Damper

Dampers are traditional Australian food and a staple of the early Australian settlers’ diet. It is pretty much part of our cultural history. Damper is simply unleavened bread baked in the hot coals of a campfire. There have however, been variations made to the recipe. For example, butter and self – raising flour is added to make the damper even tastier than its original recipe.

Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl while rubbing the butter to the flour with your fingertips until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add some milk and mix to form a soft dough. Then, knead lightly on a floured board until it becomes smooth. Shape it into a round loaf, add some milk and cut a cross on top of the dough.

Now put some grease on the oven and dust it with flour. Add the bread dough and cover it. Put it over the campfire, cover with hot ashes and coals then bake for 30 minutes.

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Bacon S’mores

I’m going to guess right now that you are not sure how to feel about bacon and s’mores together. What does it taste like, you ask? Amazing. Bacon S’mores is a recipe made of camper dreams.

Look at that and tell me you’re not drooling.

For a piece of Bacon S’more, you’ll only need 5 minutes. Roast your marshmallow, place it on top of a Marie biscuit, along with some chocolate. Add a strip of bacon to make everyone else on the campsite jealous and top with another biscuit. Devour slowly with the sole purpose of making them jealous even more.

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters are great for breakfast, lunch, for a light dinner or snack and can even be done when camping! These are popular with the kids, too.

In a bowl mix together self-raising flour, some salt, melted butter and eggs. Add some milk and a drained can (medium sized) of sweet corn kernels. Mix together until it creates a batter-like texture.

Now the secret to a good corn fritter is to make sure the oil is very hot before setting in the batter. Pour some batter into a skillet, then heat for about 2-4 minutes and flip on the other side for another 2-4 minutes. Serve with honey, syrup or butter.

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Easy Baked Camping Apples

Camping Apples are great desserts to make before your weekend camping treat. They’re delicious, can be eaten as dessert or for snacks, healthy and are not messy to bring with you on your camping trip!

Just cut the apple in half, slice out the core and make sure the apple is paired together. Mix butter, coconut oil, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the cranberries, oats and pecans. Stir together. Spread the mix into the inside of each apple, squish the apple halves together and wrap each apple in an aluminium foil. During your camping trip, place the foiled apples on a hot BBQ or over fire pit coals for 18 minutes or until they become soft.

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Oysters Kilpatrick

There are two reasons why this Oyster Kilpatrick recipe is the perfect aphrodisiac. First, uncooked oysters don’t taste as great as this. Sorry, not sorry. And second, bacon. Anything with bacon is absolutely delicious. Camping or not camping.

To cook, preheat grill. Place rock salt in a thick layer on a baking tray. Line up oysters in their half shells on rock salt. Then, put some Worcestershire sauce over the oysters. Put bacon on top, grill for 7 minutes or until the bacon becomes crispy. Sprinkle with some parsley, serve with lemon or on top of rice.

What other weird and tasty Australian camping recipes do you know of?

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