Love monkey bread? This campfire monkey bread recipe is perfect for lazy mornings at the campground. You can do a lot of the prep at home for a delicious camping breakfast without a lot of fuss. Keep reading to learn how to make it.
We went on a camping trip to celebrate my youngest daughter’s 13th birthday. Since it was her trip, she got to decide on the menu for all the meals. For breakfast, she wanted monkey bread. I have made monkey bread many times in the oven, but wasn’t so sure how it would turn out over a campfire.
To my surprise, it turned out perfectly in our cast iron Dutch oven. You nestle the Dutch oven down in the campfire and place hot coals on the lid. Because the Dutch oven traps the heat, it cooks just like if it were in a regular oven.
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Campfire Monkey Bread Recipe Ingredients
You can make the biscuit dough from scratch if you like, but it is quicker and easier just to use store-bought biscuits in this Dutch oven monkey bread recipe.
- 4 cans refrigerated biscuits (7.5 oz can – 10 biscuits each)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (can increase to 1 tsp if you want more cinnamon flavor)
- 1 stick of butter + extra for greasing Dutch oven
- 3/4 cup walnuts
Equipment Needed for Making Monkey Bread over the Campfire
- 12 inch cast iron Dutch oven
- 24 charcoal briquettes
Camping Monkey Bread Recipe Prep Work
Whenever we go camping, I like to do a lot of the prep work at home. I don’t want to waste valuable camping time cutting or mixing when that could be done ahead of time. So our camping cooler is filled with a lot of meals that have been partially prepped to save time.
Here are the steps for this campfire monkey bread recipe that I do at home the day before our camping trip…
Open the cans of biscuits and separate. Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut each individual biscuit in quarters. Place in a zip close gallon sized storage bag. Store in a cooler until you are ready to make this camping monkey bread recipe.
In a small resealable container, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Shake to mix well. I like to use wide mouth mason jars with plastic storage caps to store dry ingredients while we are camping. These lids are reusable and screw tightly to close.
Finely chop the walnuts using a hand crank nut chopper or food processor. Store in another resealable container.
Dutch Oven Monkey Bread Recipe
To start this Dutch oven monkey bread recipe, you need to make a fire. Place 24 charcoal briquettes in the fire ring and light. While you are waiting for the fire to die down, proceed with adding your monkey bread ingredients to the Dutch oven.
Take a little bit of butter and rub it all over the inside of the Dutch oven (or over the foil if you are using it to line your cast iron).
Open the plastic bag that has the biscuit pieces and pour the cinnamon / sugar mixture over top. Zip the bag closed and shake to ensure that the sugar mixture coats all the biscuit pieces. Dump the biscuits into the Dutch oven, arranging the pieces evenly.
Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top of the biscuits. Melt the stick of butter and pour over the top of the biscuits. Put the lid on top of the Dutch oven.
When the fire has died down but the briquettes are still glowing, it is ready to bake this campfire monkey bread recipe. Using long BBQ tongs, rearrange the charcoal briquettes so there are 9 in the middle of the fire ring. Move the rest aside.
Set the filled Dutch oven on those 9 briquettes. Use BBQ tongs to place the remaining charcoal briquettes on the top of the Dutch oven lid.
Allow this camping monkey bread recipe to cook for 25-30 minutes. When it is finished, the monkey bread will be golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside.
Sweet and sticky, this Dutch oven monkey bread recipe makes a great camping breakfast when you pair it with some scrambled eggs. You can use any leftovers for a snack later in the day, although it is rare that we have any left over after my kids have had their fill.
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So have you ever made monkey bread while you are out camping? What are your favorite camping breakfasts? If you try this campfire monkey bread recipe, be sure to leave us a comment below and let us know how you liked it. Happy camping!