More than "Somemores" - Campfire Desserts
Afresco Dining on the Coast of Maine
Campfire Desserts Beyond Somemores
Each summer on Mount Desert Island, Maine (location is a secret) a group of neighbors would gather on the shore for a informal block party. The groups of summer folk and locals would number between perhaps two to 14 with some groups representing three generations of relations. The rules were simply that each group would bring their own meats to cook and some side dishes to share. This meant everything from fresh crab meat purchased in Bass Harbor to various salads. We'd have a campfire on the rocky beach and set up grills and stay until the sunset over the western facing cove.
Kids greatly outnumbered adults and typically desert was the perennial favorite although very uninspired "Somemores". For those unfamiliar with this dish here is the recipe:
Put a toasted marshmallow between two crackers (usually graham crackers) with a slab of chocolate. The hot marshmallow in theory will melt the chocolate. Simple, tastes good and is fun to make.
Typically the Somemores don't always come out well, the chocolate usually doesn't really melt and/or the marshmallow is burnt and typically the whole enterprise is kind of a mess if the marshmallow squishes out all over your shirt. Besides its been done to death to the point I don't think anyone sitting around a campfire can even imagine that another campfire dessert could even exist.
So one summer I reached back into my childhood and remembered a great campfire dessert that we used to make in the Boy Scouts - Banana Boats. Here is the recipe:
Cut a long strip of banana peel on the inside curve, leaving one end attached. Scoop out some banana and fill with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and raisins if you like. Replace the peel, wrap in tin foil and bake in the ashes for 15 to 20 minutes until all is melted and blended.
These were a big hit and Banana Boats quickly became a staple desert of our annual campfires.
Copyright Edward Fielding