Orange rolls cooked in oranges over a fire

Jun 16, 2010 by

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We Went camping with our friends to Pismo Beach state park over the weekend and had a great time.  We love Pismo Beach and especially love eating at Splash’s Cafe.  They have the best clam chowder in the world.

I love camping and I love eating while camping.  It just all tastes better for some reason.

For breakfast on the last day, we tried out something fun with the kids and created some great orange rolls that we cooked inside of oranges over the fire.  My wife got this recipe from a friend and we through we would try it out, and it turned out great.

You will need:

  • Oranges
  • Pillsbury Grands! Orange Flavor Rolls
  • A Camp fire


Madison was my little helper for this and she did a great job.


Cut the oranges in half.

DISCLAIMER #1: No children were harmed in the making of these orange rolls.  Yes kids can use knives safely when supervised by adults.


scoop out the insides

DISCLAIMER #2: All of the orange bits we scooped out were eaten and not wasted.


Grab the Pillsbury Grands! Orange Flavor Rolls and put one in each orange half.


Put the oranges onto a baking sheet or something you can throw on top a fire


Looking good


cover the oranges with tinfoil


throw the cooking tray on the fire


The rolls will rise as they bake


these smell amazing as they are cooking over the fire


Once the rolls have risen pull them off of the fire.  Watch that they don’t burn if you have a hot fire.


Add the icing to the rolls


sticky, yummy, and oh so good.


Now you eat them and enjoy the morning campfire.

These were a big hit with all the kids as well as the adults.  We were all clamoring to eat these as we sat around the morning campfire.

Try these next time you are camping


Thanks for all the comments on this post but WOW some of them are crazy!  Again, all parts of the oranges were eaten and no children cut off their limbs while helping make them.

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  • Jen

    The OP’s screen name is “nobody”

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  • Krissie

    Hmm…is it possible to do these in an oven, as well? I’m not really the sort to enjoy camping…

  • Ben

    Yes you can do them in an oven but go camping.  Everything tastes better camping.

  • Krissie

    I’m not really the outdoorsy type, though ;-P I was when I was little, but I like warmth and my books

  • Ben

    That’s what campfires and kindles are for.

  • Krissie

    True :P First I would also have to find someone to go with, and get time off.

  • Ben

    try this… Go on your social network of choice that your friends hang out on. Post something like this: Hey I want to go camping this weekend, who’s wants to go with me? Grab the friends that respond and go camping this weekend. Take a Friday off if you need to. It’s just that simple and you will be the cool friend who made it all happen.

  • Krissie

    That might be fun :) I should try it this summer, right now my area’s getting a lot of rain.

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  • Shannon Corbin

    Well, they were a hit at last years camping trip, have already been hearing requests for them at this years!

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  • Monique Berger Sager

    I was a bit surprised to see your remark at the end about crazy commenters suggesting you were wasting oranges and endangering kids. I was curious, so I looked at your comments, scrolled through all 221 you had so far, actually, trying to find what you were talking about, and I found ONE person concerned about the knife usage and about a hundred people defending it, plus three people asking if oranges were wasted. You edited in a complaint at the end of your story to address 4 mildly negative responses out of hundreds? Sheesh, talk about seeing the glass as half empty, your glass is more than 98% full and you’re still not satisfied.

  • Dr.James Dazouloute

    This is a great share about the many uses of Oranges, and it helps even more by the fact that Orange is an immune booster food. Thanks

  • rafiki

    Oh my word… I came for the recipe but stayed for the comments… they had me laughing like a crazy woman. Seriously folks, lighten up…. knives are an important part of childhood. I’m 50 and used a knife when I was as “youngster”… still have all my toes (Mublety-peg), and fingers (whittling wood next to my grandpa)… and the scars all lend to the telling of the most excellent stories. Ben, you should have thrown in some pics of children around the campfire…. FIRE BABY! Kids and fire… an absolute MUST. As for the oranges… even if they did get thrown on the ground I am certain some colony of ants, a labor of moles, a flock of seagulls, a dray of squirrels or a nest of vipers enjoyed them…. so not wasteful at all. ;) Thanks Ben for the recipe, will be trying it out next week…. and thanks to those helicopter parents for making me REALLY laugh out loud…. not just the lol kind of laugh. p.s. my 20 and 24 yr old daughters survived knives and fires and much, much more. ;)

  • Ben

    Yes the comments really took over this post.  I love it.  So much fun.

  • brett

    Do you know if this will work on a Coleman stove?

  • brett

    I have no Ide who Brett is or why it signed me in that way. Could you please reply back to paula @ frostedfingers dot com? I really would like to know if it’ll work.

  • laurelannb

    In Cub Scouts the boys have their Knife Class (as I call it) during 3rd grade. If they pass the (stringent) requirements, they are allowed to both carry and use knives on camping trips (with consequences for mishandling). 8-9 years old is a perfectly reasonable age to learn knife-handling skills.

    That said, if people are sooo bothered by a few oranges possibly being wasted, I’ll tell you what: When we try these (and we’re gonna try them!), we promise to toss the orange chunks into a container to be combined into fruit salad for lunch that same day.

    Problem solved

  • Mello

    When my kids were young I so wanted to go camping but my husband preferred 5 star hotels. The kids are much older now and I am still sad when I think about how much fun we could have had camping. :(

  • Ben

    It’s never too late to create some fun memories.  Plan a camping trip and just go.

  • OldBlackWitch

    If the Fruity Social Police is truly worried… there are “child safe” knives available “guaranteed” to cut food but not fingers! Also, if perhaps some orange bits were (Heaven forbid) “wasted”, I would bet that at least ONE of the FSP has at least one time, behind closed doors, hidden safely away out of the public eye, and off the blogs, thrown away a scrap of food that their child did not completely devour… and lo, the Earth still spins…

  • Ben

    Love it!

    I heard Fruity Social Police is playing the side stage at Coachella this year.

  • JackholeDiary

    OMG I laughed so hard I tooted LMAO literally!

  • JackholeDiary

    The only thing I would say in the knife training is something most people don’t know anyway but is a important saftey tip.For kids knife skills instead of straight fingers need to learn curled fingers holding to cut technique. Is safer since as speed and confidence increases if you don’t have curled fingers as your muscle memory way to hold and guide for cutting more likely for that look up while cutting and cut yourself. I know, lost tip of my finger to not paying attention. That is one I always stress to my son who like NORMAL kids got his first Swiss Army knife at 10. Seriously these people freaking out over her cutting an orange scare me. Heck I have had some moments with my kid asking something that I feel like a failure as a parent that he doesn’t know something like where to sign a check to cash it at the ripe old age of 15. But I guess we sometimes forget a lot of that “common sense stuff” we did at some point have to learn and we live in a world where kids really don’t get checks very often what with gift cards and paypal and online account transfers. Every chance you can teach your child by allowing them to complete the task with supervision and if needed demonstration/guiding you should jump at those learning moments. Great job having your daughter learn some skills as well as learn to think out of the box on using a orange as a baking tool and dish.

  • Keekee

    I must be boarderline retarded. I never think about “oh gosh-o-golly he let that kid use a knife! Heaven forbid an 8 year old learn how to chop up some fruit! And what about that poor defenseless pulp?! It never harmed anybody! ” *insert dramatic old western movie faint* (I have been baking since I was 5, supervise of course with the oven, stove and knives, so I find over protection unnecessary and obtuse!

    Anywho, now I am going to make my husband take a long weekend off work so I can make these…I also found bacon and eggs in a bag I think he may enjoy.

    Now to find more fund ideas for camping! If you have ways to lasso in a 2 yr old…I would love to hear

  • JulieAnn 1219

    Wise words, Tricia. I have been so disappointed with young people and grandchildren who should be totally capable of doing things for themselves and WANTING to do things for themselves and just don’t bother or yell for Mom or Dad to come do it for them or they will quit. It is sad. It needs to change. Parents need to take away and make them earn things, like we did. Or learn to go without.

  • Leon

    shoulda used a paring knife tho.

  • KIds learn by doing

    If you’re worried about a kid using a knife – stay out of my neighborhood because my kids use guns.

  • scoutmom

    love this, the boy scout troupe we recently visited and are considering joining had a dessert competition for the kids–I’m going to teach my son this one.

  • TheRealKenG

    Cover them with tinfoil??

    Where do you manage to buy tinfoil? I always have to buy aluminum foil.

  • IzJedi4nostabbidies

    I was given my own knife in a sheath by my grandfather when I was a child. I wasn’t allowed into the woods without it. I can’t remember how many times it came in handy

  • IzJedi4survivingchildhood

    all those people are from Massachusetts. Don’t worry, they will eventually become extinct due to lack of survival skills

  • sicklid

    My mom’s family is from Massachusetts, and I was always right there in the kitchen with her from an early age, from cutting, to baking, and even deep frying homemade donuts!

  • Julie

    Oh…yum. This is just in time for first camping trip of the year next week. I appeciate all of the “kids flinging knives about” about and wasted oranges comments too. Great chuckle for the day.

  • Tami

    This looks yummy. I’ve definitely got to try this with my kiddos.

  • lizzyfizzy

    Fantastic idea! I’m going to make this at home in the oven as a treat to go with my homemade ginger beer.

    And wow the internet really has become a cesspool of comments. It’s an orange and a little knife.

  • Ben

    I love ginger beer.  That sounds like a great pairing

  • Sue

    approx. how many minutes do you have to cook these?

  • Ben

    It’s hard to give an exact time when cooking over a fire.  It was close to the time on the package but keep an eye on it.

  • Dani H.

    We make them too. Kids love them. I wrap each of the “Orange” Half’s in foil an set it close to the fire. Wait for about 10- 15 min (oh yes the smell) sooo good.

  • Kaitlin B.

    Ben, do you think I could put the cinnamon rolls in the orange peels and wrap them up the night before so I don’t have to fool with it on the campsite?

  • Ben

    I think that would probably work out fine.  Let me know how it goes!

  • Scoutmomang

    You could probably do the same thing in a dutch oven or a box oven and they probably wouldn’t burn since the heat is more controllable. You could put the orange halves inside the dutch oven, put the lid on it, set the dutch oven on the coals of the fire and set some of the coals on top of the lid. If they aren’t baking fast enough add a few more coals to the top. Box ovens are great if you don’t have a dutch oven yet. Take a cardboard box (a computer paper box works well), line it inside and out with aluminum foil. Poke about three or four holes (from the long side of the box through to the opposite long side of the box) using wire coat hanger pieces. When you’re ready to bake your orange rolls put hot coals on the bottom of the box (easier if you take the wire “rack” out first) then put the orange halves on the wire rack that you have re-inserted after coals were put in. Put the lid back on the box and sit and wait for the oven to bake your orange rolls! Happy Camping!

  • JR2000

    Is that an old non-stick pan you’re using? That’s probably worse for you than the knives or the crap in the Pillsbury dough.

  • Sondra Rhinehart

    Is there a variation of this recipe where I can use my oven at home? I love the idea of using orange peels but don’t know how it would change the cooking instructions.

  • Melissa Lukes

    I’ve been seeing more and more recipes being done in orange peels and I can’t help but wonder does it leave any taste of orange in the item that was baked inside?