Campfire Cuisine and Maple Syrup Scones

I should start with the strong disclaimer that I am SO not a camper.  I’m not even really a festival-goer.  Most of my workmates love to go to festivals and speak of them with a lot of affection – they tend to gloss over the long queues for the toilets, lack of showers and spending days in incredibly close quarters with your friends.  But regardless, I love the idea of outdoor cooking – once we have a bit more of a yard, I would definitely put a fire pit in the back garden to back outdoors, particularly in the summer.  It would be a great thing to do as family.

All of the recipes in Campfire Cuisine are geared to be made while out camping, but I would there are plenty of easy and inspirational recipes even if you’re not a big outdoorsy fan – because of the premise, there’s a lot of really simple but flavorful recipes (I was really impressed by the amount of salad dressings – salad while camping?)  It’s a great cookbook for anyone who enjoys grilling or easy food.  So if you’re more of a “bake it at home” person, never mind – you can still use these recipes, and there are even some quick tips to adjust the recipe at home.

campfire_final_72dpiThe basic scone recipe came with some suggestions for adaptations – and I loved the idea of the maple syrup scones, which seemed to be a nice breakfast on a crisp autumn morning.

Maple Syrup Scones (from Campfire Cuisine)

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour

3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon brown sugar

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 large egg

DSC_1670Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.

DSC_1672Whisk the buttermilk, maple syrup and egg together.

DSC_1671Slowly mix it into the dry ingredients, making sure to eliminate lumps.

DSC_1673I wanted to add a extra Halloween-y touch, so I greased a silicone Halloween mould and scooped the scone dough into it.

DSC_1674Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes at 190C, until the scone is a nice golden brown.

DSC_1675They had a lovely little maple taste – the women at work loved munching on these little pumpkins!

DSC_1678I received a free copy of Campfire Cuisines from Quirk Books, but all opinions are my own.

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