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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Reader Recipe: Warm Apple Crescents

A yummy desert or breakfast cooked over the campfire.

by: Alex Zic

Warm Apple Crescents (Photo by Justin Bailie)
Warm Apple Crescents (Photo by Justin Bailie)

Best fire-baked recipe
“Just like Mom used to make,” says one editor of this simple, not-too-sweet pastry that’s perfect for breakfast or dinner.

Chef Alex Zic, Bronx, NY
Cooking secret “Rub a bar of soap on the outside of a pot to protect it from burning over an open fire. The soot sticks to the soap, which wipes off. Keeps troop gear looking new.”

1 tube of store-bought crescent rolls
1 can apple-pie filling
1 package crushed walnuts or almonds
Aluminum foil

At home
Empty apple-pie filling into a zip-top bag and double-bag it.

In camp
Crescent dough typically comes packaged as six attached triangles. Separate triangles two at a time so you have three crescents total. Place filling and nuts onto the crescents, and roll them up. For each, create foil pouches that cover the dough; place them in coals near the fire’s edge (not directly in flames). Flip after three minutes, bake for about three more minutes (until golden), then unwrap and enjoy. Serves 3.

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Jul 22, 2012

these are great, however we used 2 cans of dough for 4people & it took 3 min PER SIDE, as in 6 sides =18 min to cook. just an FYI. otherwise great!

May 04, 2011

Tried this on the Appalachian Trail camping with my daughter a couple weeks ago. Its a bit tricky to get the fire just right since they burned and stuck to the foil. Works great at home in the oven though...

Laurence Phillips
Mar 30, 2011

Tried this using a fresh apple (one large apple was enough for four pies), dried cranberries, and cinnamon-allspice-sugar mix sprinkled both on the filling and over the top crust prior to wrapping in foil. Turned out perfect, an over-the-top camp dessert.

Jan 28, 2011

Thank you so much. I love cooking over a wood fire. That soap trick will be priceless. Great recipe too.

Jan 22, 2011

I just made these at home in the oven, 500 for 13 min. Flip half way thru., They tasted great.

Jan 21, 2011

Looks good I bet they would work great in a Backpacker Oven! YUM!!!

Jan 21, 2011

Looks good I bet they would work great in a Backpacker Oven! YUM!!!

me again
Jan 21, 2011

OK, I missed the bag part!

Jan 21, 2011

A CAN of pie filling???


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