The first thing you are going to need to bake waffles on your campfire is a waffle iron. The one I personally have is the Petromax Waffle Iron and I’d definitely recommend it. As with all Petromax cooking equipment (I’ve already reviewed their Kettle, Dutch Oven and Hobo Stove), it is very, very well made and will serve you brilliantly for years and years.
Anyway, after you’ve got your waffle iron, you’ll need a campfire and some ingredients…
Campfire Waffle Ingredients
This will make about six waffles in my iron. You could easy double all the ingredients if you are feeding a group or are hungry! It’s always better to have more waffles than not enough!
- 1 egg
- 125g plain flour
- 175ml milk
- 70ml vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- Few drops of vanilla extract
Campfire Waffle Method
First off, you need to get that waffle iron over the fire, coal or embers and get it piping hot! If you have a grill, you can rest it on this or if you are going rustic like I tend to, you can just place it on some large branches or logs. I tend to place it up above the embers like this as you don’t want to get the waffle iron covered in ash.
While this is heating, beat the eggs in a large bowl with until light and fluffy. After this, beat in the flour, milk, vegetable oil into the mixture.
Now, mix in the other dry ingredients; the sugar, baking powder and salt. When you’ve got a mixture of a thick consistency, add in the vanilla extract. Don’t worry about there being a few lumps and bumps in it – it’ll still turn out fine.
Spray or brush the preheated waffle iron with some oil. Pour your waffle mixture into the hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Flipping half way through cooking. It won’t take too long! Serve hot adding any flavourings you desire.
Depending on the heat of the iron, it should take roughly 3 minutes to cook these. It’s very easy to check on them to get the perfect cook. Just remove from the fire (you don’t want ash getting on your hard earned waffles! You can now lift the lid and check they have your desired golden brown colour.
Like with pancakes, I find that the first one is never as good as the second and the waffles just keep getting better as you keep going. One word of advice is to have a plate ready to drop them onto when you open the waffle iron up. As the Petromax waffle iron has natural anti-stick properties – I find that they normally come up with just a little persuasion. Making waffles on a campfire is definitely a lot of fun and something like a waffle iron can liven up your campfire menu if you find yourself cooking marshmallows over and over!