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Stale bread = yum campfire dessert

If there’s one thing that makes a night around the campfire memorable, it’s finishing a great meal with a perfect dessert. The problem is, after all that four-wheel driving followed by a hearty meal, it seems impossible to get out of that comfy camp chair by the fire to go and cook up a storm. With this recipe you’ll be back in your camp chair in no time, only this time you’ll have a bowl of tasty scrumptiousness in your hand. With endless possibilities when it comes to combinations of breads, spreads and other fillings you can use, you’ll never be so excited about having stale bread. Don’t let them eat cake – feed those hungry campers bread-and-spread pudding, and wait for the satisfied murmurs of “sweet!”.

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Serves: 3 people (fits into a loaf tin)

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread or raisin toast (you could use more slices in a round tin)
  • Sweet spread – jam, honey, Nutella, golden syrup, etc.
  • 2 x 140g long-life custard cups (or a readymade carton if you have a crowd)
  • Approximately ¼ cup of milk to thin the custard
  • Raw sugar for sprinkling
  • Optional – fruit slices, choc chips, nuts
A few camping staples is all it takes

Method

  1. If the bread isn’t ‘stale’, lightly toast it over the fire or on the grill.
  2. Spread bread generously with jam.
  3. Cut bread slices into triangular quarters.
  4. Arrange in greased cake tin with points facing up.
  5. In a bowl, combine the custard with enough milk to thin the custard down a bit.
  6. Evenly pour custard mixture over bread.
  7. Sprinkle over some sugar.
  8. Place loaf tin on a trivet into camp oven.
  9. For best results, place some coals into a pre-dug hole and then place camp oven into the hole. Place some coals around the sides and on top of your camp oven. You may need to rotate every five minutes. Remember you only need to warm this up, so no need to create the “flaming fire of death”.
  10. Saunter back to camp chair, eat gooey delight, sigh contentedly, then gaze intermittently between fire and overhead stars.
Combine with fruit for extra goodness
Be brave and experiment with flavours

Hints

The great thing about this recipe is that the possibilities are almost endless. Be brave and experiment with new possibilities, this way you’ll never get tired of the recipe. Who knows, you may even find the ultimate combination!

A few of our favourites are raspberry jam and raisin toast, peach slices and white bread or crunchie peanut butter and honey. Then you could always add choc chips, nuts or even try choc honeycomb. Of course, if you want to get fancy, you could splurge with croissants, hot cross buns or brioche.

If you’ve got any leftover fruit like apples, pears, bananas, berries etc., you can cut these up and add them between the slices – and the best part is that you won’t feel as guilty going back for seconds!

Add some extra crunch with sugar
I can almost taste it!
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