This easy campfire eclair uses refrigerated biscuit dough, can be stuffed with your favorite goodies, and might even replace the classic s’more!
Well, my family and I are still recovering from our weekend camping trip with my son’s cub scout pack. Let me rephrase that: I am still recovering, unpacking and washing everything from our weekend camping trip! We had a great time and have terrific memories.
My two boys got to ride the BMX track over and over and over again. And they had a blast on the zip-line, climbing rocks and eating s’mores for breakfast! My 3 year old girl had fun, too, making a mess of herself in the dirt and making friends with every girl she found. She cried when we left and said she wanted to live there!
Now having the cub master as my husband, we take on the dinner menu with a bit of enthusiasm, from dinners to desserts. So this camp, we decided to spice things up with a new campfire dessert we learned from a fellow friend and cub master. It’s the Campfire Eclair.
Now, I admit that when my husband described it to me, I was a bit skeptical. A biscuit cup filled with pudding, fruit, M&Ms and whipped cream? What?!! Well, as any engineer would, we first made it at home before the field-testing at the camp!
There is no fancy equipment to make a campfire eclair, but you do need a big stick (with bark removed) or dowel that is at least 1-inch thick to make these campfire eclairs. Soak the stick in water for 30 minutes or so before using, because you don’t want it to burn in the fire. The dough of the eclair is refrigerated biscuit dough.
You take one disc of raw biscuit dough and spread it out with your fingers, about the size of an adult hand. Then gently place this stretched out dough over your dowel, wrap it around completely, and press it gently around the stick. Ideally you will want to make sure the dough is about 1/4-inch thick.
You cook this biscuit shell as you would a marshmallow, except you do not get bonus points for a flaming eclair. Hold the biscuit dough about a foot from the flames and rotate it slowly so it will cook evenly. If one side cooks faster than the other, i.e. one side is cooked and the other side is more raw, the dough will fall off your stick. Cook it too fast, and the biscuit shell can crack. So, patience, friends, and you will be rewarded.
The real issue is what should I stuff my eclair with?!! So, I’ll give you some suggestions. You can use berries and whipped cream, bring some instant pudding cups and stuff your shells with pudding, add some chocolate chips or M&Ms (mini size works beautifully). So many options!
WOAH! Sick of burnt marshmallows? Then this campfire eclair is your next hit when you need a campfire dessert! It’s easy and everything you need is available pre-made (so easy): refrigerated biscuit dough, whipped cream, pudding cups, etc…
This was such a popular dessert that I created my own homemade eclair dough recipe and put it in my new cookbook, The Camp & Cabin Cookbook. But, for that recipe, you’ll have to get the book! Refrigerated biscuit dough works great, but I’m seriously more partial to the homemade eclair recipe.
Special thanks to Lesley Kershaw Tennessen, aka The Dutch Oven Diva, for cooking from my cookbook and sharing her passion for campfire cooking with her class!
- 1 refrigerated package of biscuit dough
- 14 oz chocolate pudding
- 1 pint strawberries, sliced
- 2 cup whipped cream
- 1/2 cup M&M candies
- Pre-soak your large sticks in water for 20 minutes to prevent burning.
- Open and unroll biscuit dough.
- Stretch out and flatten each biscuit round in your hand.
- Stretch one biscuit dough over one stick, smoothing out any creases. For quick and even cooking, make sure dough is about 1/4-inch thick.
- Place one biscuit dough covered stick over the flames and cook until evenly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Rotate stick continuously to prevent burning.
- Biscuit shell is done when all sides are browned and inside is cooked through. Carefully, remove biscuit shell from stick.
- Repeat steps 4-6 and cook other biscuit dough rounds.
- Divide evenly and fill inside of each éclair with pudding and strawberries.
- Divide evenly and top éclairs with whipped cream and M&Ms.
Serving Suggestions: You can also fill it up with other fresh fruits and berries, jams and cream fillings.
Cooking Tips: Don't have a thick stick? Cover your stick with some aluminum foil to thicken it up.
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Serving Size:1 eclair
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 487 Total Fat: 18.4g Saturated Fat: 9.3g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 1675mg Carbohydrates: 75.1g Fiber: 3.7g Sugar: 8.1g Protein: 5.3g