You will need
Before you begin
- Create a campfire ready to cook on. Check out Prepare to flare for a step-by-step guide to building a fire and some top tips.
- Make up enough brownie mix for everyone. As a guide, a packet of brownie mix fills about five oranges. It’s up to you whether you use a pre-made brownie mix, or make your own. We’ve included a dairy-free and egg-free recipe that can be made gluten free too.
- Slice the tops off of the oranges.
Make the oranges
- Everyone should wash their hands and get ready to cook. The next step is messy, so everyone should protect surfaces (and their clothes!) with aprons, or old newspapers or bags.
- The person leading the activity should give everyone an orange with the top cut off and a dessert spoon. Everyone should use the dessert spoon to scoop out the inside of the orange.
- Everyone should fill their empty orange half full with brownie mix. No one should overfill the orange: the mixture expands while it cooks, so overfilled oranges could create a brownie volcano!
- Ask everyone to put the top back on their orange, like a perfectly fitting lid. Then wrap their orange in tinfoil.
- An adult should use tongs to put the oranges in the embers of the fire.
- After ten minutes, the adult should use the tongs to turn the oranges over so both sides cook evenly.
- While the oranges are cooking everyone could help clean up, or play a game such as Citrus switch.
- An adult should check the orange brownies are cooked by holding them with tongs and pushing a cocktail stick or skewer into the centre. If it comes out pretty dry, the oranges are ready! If it’s covered in sticky, sloppy, mixture, leave it in the fire to cook for a few more minutes.
- Once everyone’s orange brownie is cooked, they should leave it for a few minutes to cool down. Then they should enjoy eating the juicy brownie with a spoon.
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This activity was a great introduction to the fun of outdoors cooking! What was everyone’s favourite bit of cooking and eating outside? Instead of cooking oranges in a tray in the oven, everyone wrapped them in foil and cooked them straight on a fire. Can anyone think of any other utensils they use in their kitchen, and a ‘backwoods’ outdoor cooking alternative?
This activity also needed everyone to practice different skills to the ones they usually use when cooking indoors. What do people do after they eat a meal they’ve cooked inside, for example after dinner at home? People have to clear away the dishes and wash them up (or put them in the dishwasher). How was this recipe different? There weren’t any tins or bowls for the brownie – instead there was an orange skin! People could tear their orange skin into small pieces and bury the pieces; they’ll take about six months to decompose. What do people do when they’ve finished with an oven? They turn it off. How is a fire different? People can’t just turn it off – they need to put it out, and scatter remaining ashes or wood.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.