It’s National Donut Week and what’s better than a lovely sweet treat on camp?

Here we have a quick recipe on how you can make delicious donut balls on an open fire. First thing, get that campfire roaring but remember, we need to cook on the embers, not the flames. This recipe will make about 20 Donut balls, depends on how big you make them!


  1. 200g strong white bread Flour (Plain works too)
  2. 15g Caster sugar (Golden)
  3. 7g Yeast
  4. 1 Egg (Medium)
  5. 50g Unsalted, softened butter


  1. Put the flour, sugar & yeast into a bowl big enough and mix the powders together.
  2. Melt the butter and milk together until the butter has melted.
  3. Add the egg into the dry powders and mix then add the butter & milk and stir with a wooden spoon (whisk can be too messy)
  4. Take the mix out the bowl and knead it lightly. Tear bits off and roll them into a ball, about an inch tall (they will grow as they cook)
  5. Pop them on a baking sheet or similar and cover them to allow the dough to rise – This is the perfect time to wash up!
  6. When you’ve washed up the prep bowls and spoons, and once the campfire is hot and there are no flames but embers, pour cooking oil (Vegetable is best) into a suitable pot to about 10cm depth coverage, to go on the fire and let that heat up.
  7. Carefully lower some of the donut balls into the pan. As they are ball shaped, make sure you keep rolling them but allow enough time for them to cook.
  8. Once cooked (probably after 2-3 minutes) use tongs or a slotted spoon to pick them out of the pan – rest them on some kitchen towel to allow the excess oil to drain then roll them in sugar.
  9. If you want to, fill a syringe with Jam or custard or chocolate spread and squirt the filling into the middle of the donut.

All ingredients could be replaceable with a vegan or dietary need substitute.