These easy campfire eclairs are a great campfire dessert on a stick that 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!
One of my favorite memories of the camping trip? These campfire eclairs. Because when you’re camping, you need a campfire dessert on a stick!
What are campfire eclairs?
The campfire eclair is a cruder version of the elegant French dessert, éclair. An eclair is an oblong shaped pastry made of puff pastry-like dough, stuffed custard and iced with chocolate. You can find a variety of different fillings and icings, but the classic version is filled with custard and topped with chocolate.
My campfire eclair pays tribute to this fabulous French dessert. The dough we used is refrigerated biscuit dough and it is wrapped and cooked over a campfire using a long dowel. It is very kid friendly. In fact our cub scouts loved making this camping dessert.
How to prepare campfire eclairs
This campfire dessert on a stick does need a thicker stick than what you use for roasting marshmallows. You will need a big stick with the bark removed or a 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.
As I mentioned earlier, the dough of the eclair is refrigerated biscuit dough. We have also used instant pancake mix and add enough water until you have a firm dough that has the same texture as pizza dough. You will need about a tennis ball sized amount of dough for each campfire eclair.
Flatten your 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 wet dowel, wrapping it around completely. Then and press it gently around the stick. Ideally you will want to make sure the dough is about 1/4-inch thick.
If the dough is too thin, holes will show up and your eclair will fall apart. Too thick, and the outside will get cooked but the inside will remain raw. So do your best to spread an even layer of biscuit dough around the dowel.
How to cook your campfire eclairs
Once your biscuit dough is firmly on your dowel, you are ready to bake it over the campfire. As the dough cooks, it starts to constrict, wrapping itself tighter over the dowel. If you cook too much of one side versus the other, your cooked dough will crack and fall off.
So, just like a rotisserie chicken, you want to gently rotate your campfire eclair over the fire so it will cook the entire eclair as evenly as possible. If your dough starts to brown or burn too quickly, i.e. the inside is still raw, then the heat is too hot and you need to raise your stick further away from the fire.
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. So, be patient, my friends, and you will be rewarded.
You want a golden eclair biscuit shell, so avoid hot spots in the fire. Be sure that the bottom of your eclair gets cooked as well. Once cooked, you just need to gently twist the eclair shell off of your stick and it should slide off easily if the inside is cooked completely.
Fillings for your campfire eclair
Now, I admit that when my husband described these campfire eclairs 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. Oh yeah. These are delicious!
There are many options for filling for your campfire eclair. Since we were camping, we kept it easy. Cans of Reddi-wip plus cups of vanilla and chocolate pudding were great creamy filling options for the eclairs.
We also brought along candies like mini M&Ms, chocolate chips and cupcake sprinkles. You can also stuff your campfire eclairs with fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries (that was my favorite option).
Spread a little Nutella, stuff with strawberries, top with whipped cream… now this is a heavenly campfire dessert on a stick!
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 giving me permission to share the pictures from her campfire cooking 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