Fun and Eclairs in the Forest

campfire eclair

On Monday we met up with friends in the woods.  The boys always have a great time exploring, but they know their boundaries and don’t go too far away.

toddler in the woods

Normally O likes to spend a large part of our time in the woods splashing in a nearby stream, but there hasn’t been much rain in the last few days and so the stream is fairly dry.

Instead we made eclairs on an open fire that one of the older children had made.

little campfire

It’s genius really! My friend had brought croissant dough, skooshy cream and chocolate sauce.  First you use a knife or potato peeler to scrape an end of a thick stick clean and wrap a rectangle of dough around.  Hold over the fire until cooked (this takes a while) and then let it cool down and remove from the stick.

Camp fire eclair

Squirt cream into the hole and put sauce on top.  Then eat!

camp fire eclair

Beware, it is very, very messy, so bring wet wipes!

camp fire eclair

The rest of the time was spent playing with a friend and climbing trees, a great way to spend a morning!

climbing trees

When was the last time you played in the woods?

J x

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64 Comments

    • September 2, 2015 / 7:50 am

      Ha ha! That was exactly my husbands thoughts of the picture too! :b x

  1. September 2, 2015 / 6:10 am

    What a super idea for outdoor cooking! I love it! We don’t have a lot of woods where we live, but there is one little group of trees we can pretend we are in a forest in. Ah, rural island life! 😀
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    • September 3, 2015 / 1:01 pm

      Ha ha! You should try it in your little group of trees! I don’t think my husband would cope with no trees (he’s a forester!). 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      Ha ha, yes! So much fun though! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 1:00 pm

      Definitely, my boys love climbing trees, just need low down ones! 🙂 x

  2. September 2, 2015 / 6:28 am

    We did some wild cooking last week but would never have thought of making eclairs – what great fun and certainly on we will be trying
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:59 pm

      Hope you enjoy them if you make them! 🙂 x

  3. September 2, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Genius! We light fires in our garden often and the kids toast marshmallows, I’m going to have to get them doing something like this. Not sure you can buy croissant dough here in Romania though….
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      I hadn’t seen the dough before either, but it’s just puff pastry really, so could buy that of make it? Have fun! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:57 pm

      Definitely one to add to the list of things for kids to do! I love the jumper too, it’s so sweet! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      Let me know if you do try! Would love to see your results! 🙂 x

  4. September 2, 2015 / 8:26 am

    The eclairs are a genius idea – will definitely be trying them! Thanks for hosting #WhatevertheWeather
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:54 pm

      Let me know if you try and make these then, would love to see how it turns out! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:53 pm

      Ha ha, ice cream is just as good too! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:51 pm

      It’s such a good idea isn’t it! I was seriously impressed! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:50 pm

      It was great fun and I loved the eclairs! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:49 pm

      Definitely! A warm fire us perfect at this time of year! 🙂 x

  5. September 2, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Ooh I could definitely sink an eclair right now! I must find a gluten free way of doing this! Love your little one’s jumper – it’s gorgeous! Looks like an awesome day #whatevertheweather
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:48 pm

      Thank you, it’s pretty cute! I’m sure you can make gluten free puff pastry, a bit more difficult, but you could make it and then wrap it up to take with you to the woods? 🙂 x

  6. September 2, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    What a fantastic idea and looks so delicious! I must try to remember this, my kids would love it! Perfect childhood fun!
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Next time you have a campfire you should try this, it was great! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:42 pm

      Ha ha! Maybe it’s a Scottish thing? It’s spray cream in a tin, but the noise sounds like a ‘skoosh’ when it comes out I guess?! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:41 pm

      Oh no! Hope it wasn’t too bad a burn? I’m sure you can find someone to make you one! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      Mine too! Eclair sat the best dessert! 🙂 x

  7. September 2, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I was just about to post our adventure to the woods too but we did make anything to eat. These bad boy dough looks so yummy! I think next time we go to the wood, we’ll have to make these too. Thanks for sharing. #Whatevertheweather
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      They are great, we loved them! Have fun if you make them! 🙂 x

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      Enjoy and don’t forget the wipes! 🙂 x

  8. September 3, 2015 / 11:15 am

    What an amazing idea and they look yummy! We last played in the woods at Jimmy’s Farm in Essex a few weeks ago. We haven’t been to the woods near home in a while but we have a great Forestery Commission woodland close by where we’ve done den building and dog walks #whatevertheweather
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    • September 3, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you! We love the woods and my friends idea for these Clair’s was fantastic! 🙂 x

  9. September 3, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing!! My son and I did a bushcraft day recently and toasted marshmallows but this is taking it to a completely different level. It’s made me hungry! xx
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    • September 3, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Ha ha! Sorry for making you hungry! 🙂 x

  10. September 4, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Wonderful – we love a bit of outdoor cooking too

    • September 6, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      It’s so much fun isn’t in! 🙂 x

  11. September 4, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I totally love how you explore with your boys! Its brilliant. Cant wait to do the same once Jack is up and about. Lovely post and those eclairs look divine xx #PicknMix
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    • September 6, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you! You’ll have so much fun when he’s a bit bigger and can run and round! 🙂 x

  12. September 4, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Wow, this is a great idea. I’m sure Annabelle would love to cook outdoors. I don’t think she would eat an eclair as she’s not partial to chocolate or many sweet treats but maybe if she goes through the process of making it she would be more likely to try it. x
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    • September 6, 2015 / 5:48 pm

      Wow, your lucky if she doesn’t like sweet treats! The process is definitely fun to do, even if she gives it to you To eat afterward! 🙂 x

  13. September 4, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Aww what fantastic photos and even better memories made! Such a lovely read! Suz x Beauisblue.com

    • September 6, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Hee hee! Hope you get to try them out soon! 🙂 x

  14. September 5, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    This really takes me back, my boys would spend hours in the woods here at Coombe Mill with campfires and dough mix, I must reintroduce it for our guests as part of activity hour. Looks like your little one had a wonderful time too, thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.
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    • September 6, 2015 / 5:40 pm

      It would be a great activity for activity hour, O is almost 4 and loved it! 🙂 x

  15. September 6, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    What an absolutely genius idea!! They sound SOOOOOO yummy. I need to try this. 😀 It looks like the boys LOVED them too. xx
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    • September 13, 2015 / 8:39 am

      It’s fab isn’t it! A real why didn’t I think of this moment! 🙂 x

  16. September 7, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    ooooohhh the éclairs sound good, something different to do on an open fire. The river is nearby if they get to messy eating them.
    We love climbing trees and exploring forests and letting your imagination kick in.

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:33 am

      It’s great for your imagination isn’t it!:) x

  17. September 7, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    Oh wow they look delicious! What a clever idea 🙂 my boys love the woods, any excuse to climb trees and find ‘wands’ to fight with ha, thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie xx
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    • September 13, 2015 / 8:33 am

      Lol, we’re not quite at. The sword stage hasn’t arrived here yet, but trees are so much fun! 🙂 x

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