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Delicious Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls for Campfire Adventures


Welcome, fellow camping enthusiast! It’s wonderful to see new faces eager to embark on the exciting journey of camping. As an experienced camper, I understand the joy and satisfaction that comes with creating delicious meals over a campfire. Today, I want to share with you a recipe for mouthwatering Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls that will undoubtedly make your camping experience even more memorable. So, gather around the campfire, grab your Dutch oven, and let’s get started!

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The Magic of Dutch Oven Recipes:

Dutch oven recipes are a true blessing when it comes to outdoor cooking. These versatile, cast-iron pots have been used for centuries to prepare delectable meals. The even distribution of heat ensures your food cooks to perfection, while the tight-fitting lid keeps all the flavors locked in. One of my all-time favorite Dutch oven recipes is campfire cinnamon rolls in foil. This recipe brings together the essence of campfire cooking with the heavenly aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns.

Preparation and Ingredients:

To begin our culinary adventure, let’s gather the following ingredients for our Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls:

For the dough:

– 3 cups all-purpose flour

– 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast

– ¼ cup granulated sugar

– ½ teaspoon salt

– ¾ cup warm milk

– ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

– 2 large eggs

For the filling:

– ½ cup brown sugar

– 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

– ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

For the glaze:

– 1 cup powdered sugar

– 2-3 tablespoons milk

– ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, granulated sugar, and salt. Mix them well, creating a small well in the center of the mixture.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the warm milk, melted butter, and eggs. Pour this mixture into the well you created in the dry ingredients.

3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

4. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let it rest for approximately 1 hour or until it doubles in size. This is the perfect time to relax by the campfire and enjoy the beauty of nature.

5. Once the dough has risen, punch it down gently to release the excess air. Roll it out into a large rectangle on a floured surface.

6. Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Sprinkle the brown sugar and ground cinnamon mixture over the butter.

7. Starting from one of the longer sides, tightly roll the dough into a log. Cut the log into 1½-inch thick slices.

8. Grease your Dutch oven generously with cooking spray or butter. Place the cinnamon roll slices into the Dutch oven, arranging them in a single layer.

9. Cover the Dutch oven with its lid and let the rolls rise again for about 30 minutes.

10. Meanwhile, prepare your campfire. You’ll need a good bed of hot coals to cook the cinnamon rolls evenly.

11. Once the rolls have risen, place the Dutch oven on a bed of hot coals. Carefully arrange additional hot coals on top of the lid to ensure even heat distribution.

12. Bake the cinnamon rolls in the Dutch oven for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and are cooked through. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

13. While the rolls are baking, you can prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed. Set the glaze aside for later.

14. Once the cinnamon rolls are done, carefully remove the Dutch oven from the heat. Let them cool for a few minutes, but don’t wait too long as they taste best when served warm.

15. Drizzle the prepared glaze over the cinnamon rolls, allowing it to cascade down their golden swirls. The sweet aroma will fill the air, beckoning everyone to gather around and indulge in this delightful treat.

16. Serve the Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls directly from the pot, allowing everyone to savor the warmth and goodness. You can also transfer them to a serving platter if you prefer.

Tips and Suggestions:

– Remember to check your Dutch oven’s size before starting the recipe. Adjust the quantities accordingly if you have a smaller or larger pot.

– If you’re camping in a location without access to a warm environment for dough rising, you can use the Dutch oven itself as a proofing box. Place the covered Dutch oven in a warm spot or wrap it in a blanket to create a cozy environment for the dough to rise.

– Experiment with different fillings to suit your preferences. You can add chopped nuts, raisins, or even a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra touch of indulgence.

– Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for breakfast or as a delicious dessert after a hearty campfire dinner. They pair wonderfully with a cup of hot coffee or cocoa.

Final Thoughts:

Congratulations on taking your first steps into the world of camping and outdoor cooking! With this Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls recipe, you’re sure to impress your fellow campers and create lasting memories around the campfire. Embrace the joy of experimenting with Dutch oven recipes and discover the wonders of cooking in the great outdoors. May your camping adventures be filled with delicious food, laughter, and the warmth of friendship. Happy camping and happy baking!

Note: Dutch oven cooking requires practice and patience to master the art of temperature control and timing. Always ensure your safety and follow proper campfire and cooking guidelines.


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