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Campfire christmas pudding

Add a festive touch to your campfire with this backwoods cooking treat.

You will need

  • Knives
  • Chopping boards
  • Mixing bowls
  • Aluminium foil
  • Brown bread
  • Butter or margarine
  • Currants
  • Sultanas
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Heatproof tongs
  • Equipment and fuel to make a campfire

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.
  • Remind everyone to wash their hands before handling food, and to dispose of any rubbish or leftovers safely and discreetly.
  • The person running the activity might want to pre-make the filling before they begin.
  • Make sure you've risk assessed your meeting. There are some examples for both fire building and cooking available. You should also have a COVID-safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here
  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.

Prepare the pudding

  1. Everyone should wash their hands.
  2. Everyone needs two slices of bread and a piece of foil.
  3. Butter one slice of bread and lay it, butter side down, onto the foil.
  4. Mix the dried fruits, grated orange peel, slices of apple and orange, sugar and butter.
  5. Spread the mixture onto the bread, making an even layer. Place another piece of bread on top to make a sandwich.
  6. Spread butter on the top of the sandwich.
  7. Wrap in foil securely.
  8. An adult should use tongs to place the foil parcels on the embers of the fire. Everyone should try to remember which parcel is theirs – maybe they could sit opposite it.
  9. After about eight minutes, an adult should use the tongs to turn the parcels over so they cook evenly.
  10. Once the parcels have cooked on both sides, an adult should carefully remove them from the embers. Ensure they are left for a few minutes to cool down.
  11. Eat! But be careful – the filling gets very hot.

Extinguish the fire and clean up

  1. Once everyone has finished using the fire, no one should add any more wood. The fire will die down.
  2. Use a stick (not one that’s been in the fire) to carefully spread out the wood and embers so they cool down faster.
  3. Pour water over the smouldering wood and ashes to make sure they’re fully extinguished. Use a stick to mix the water through the ashes.
  4. Everyone should work together to clear up quickly and efficiently – each group needs to wash up their utensils and dispose of rubbish and leftovers.

Reflection

This activity was a great introduction to the fun of outdoors cooking! It was about valuing the outdoors and developing your skills. What was everyone’s favourite part of cooking and eating outside? Instead of cooking the puddings 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? How did you keep the outdoors safe while you were cooking and after?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Cooking

Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.

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.

Flammable items

Always take care when using flammable items (especially if you’re near fire). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.