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Trail Chef Recipe: Apple Pie on a Stick

What's more American than apple pie? Apple pie baked over a campfire of course.

by: Alex Geller

trail chef apple pie
trail chef apple pie

We've just kicked off our 2011 Readers' Choice Recipe Contest  (submit your entry today!), so I thought I'd share one of my own favorite desserts. This Apple Pie on a Stick delight comes straight from the simple-is-beautiful file. Now if only it came with vanilla ice cream...


1 Jonathan or Rome apple for each person
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup granola (optional)

At home

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a zip-top bag.

In camp
Push a stick or dowel through the apple top until the apple is secure on the stick. Place the apple two or three inches above the hot coals, and turn the apple while roasting it. As the apple cooks, the skin browns and the juice drips out. When the skin is loose, remove the apple from the fire (but leave it on the stick). Carefully peel the hot skin off. Roll the apple in the sugar-cinnamon mixture, then roast it some more over the coals, letting the mixture warm until it forms a glaze. Remove the apple from the heat, and if you want, roll it in the granola for a crust. Let it cool, then bite in!

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Bonney
Dec 12, 2011

I use to be a camp cook that used a lot of pots and pans, no more. Now I use a lot of foil. Try this as a variation. It works for breakfast or as a dessert with backpacker's ice cream. Start by building a nice big cooking fire so you will have cooking coals. I use a tart baking apple per person. Start by coring your apple (make sure to get all the core) and peel a strip off the circumference at the largest point. This will allow your apple to expand without splitting. Use a good sized sheet of sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil, say 2'x 2'. Scrunch this into a puck shaped platform. This puck of aluminum should be at least 3/4" thick. Tear off another sheet of aluminum foil. Place your puck in the center your new sheet of aluminum. Center your prepared apple on the puck. Stuff the core with candied nuts, caramels, and Red Hot candies. Carefully pull up the sides of the sheet of aluminum foil and roll/fold to seal the tent of aluminum around the apple. Move the coals around so they surround your apple but not so close they touch it. Gently flatten the top of your tent just enough to hold a few coals. Because of the sugar content of apples they bake faster than you would expect. You can check them by giving them a gentle squeeze. If they feel like they are softening you can check one with a fork. It is a good idea to gently move them around. I have a pair of long-handled tongs. Open and enjoy!

Bonney
Dec 12, 2011

I use to be a camp cook that used a lot of pots and pans, no more. Now I use a lot of foil. Try this as a variation. It works for breakfast or as a dessert with backpacker's ice cream. Start by building a nice big cooking fire so you will have cooking coals. I use a tart baking apple per person. Start by coring your apple (make sure to get all the core) and peel a strip off the circumference at the largest point. This will allow your apple to expand without splitting. Use a good sized sheet of sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil, say 2'x 2'. Scrunch this into a puck shaped platform. This puck of aluminum should be at least 3/4" thick. Tear off another sheet of aluminum foil. Place your puck in the center your new sheet of aluminum. Center your prepared apple on the puck. Stuff the core with candied nuts, caramels, and Red Hot candies. Carefully pull up the sides of the sheet of aluminum foil and roll/fold to seal the tent of aluminum around the apple. Move the coals around so they surround your apple but not so close they touch it. Gently flatten the top of your tent just enough to hold a few coals. Because of the sugar content of apples they bake faster than you would expect. You can check them by giving them a gentle squeeze. If they feel like they are softening you can check one with a fork. It is a good idea to gently move them around. I have a pair of long-handled tongs. Open and enjoy!

Alison
Jan 03, 2011

Never thought of this before, thanks!

And I love apples. Just dedicated a whole blog post to the things: "Glutton for Reward," http://gluttonforreward.blogspot.com/.

Emily
Oct 04, 2010

Just tired this recipe--super yummy and easy. We added homemade granola and together with the apples it tasted like warm apple crisp!

mack
Aug 30, 2010

cool

mack
Aug 30, 2010

cool

mack
Aug 30, 2010

cool

mack
Aug 30, 2010

cool

Fiddleback
Aug 27, 2010

Or...

On the trail or at home; dice apple, add sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, whatever it your pleasure, then wrap in foil. Drop the foil packet on coals and wait the appropriate time. Seems to be a lot easier...

Steve C
Aug 27, 2010

Great idea! There's a good reason why old favorites keep coming back around. I like the glazed cinnamon & crust idea. I will try this.
Baked apples always remind me of one of my favorite family memories (funny how food does that). My brothers and I went on one of our 'adventure' trips. I was probably 8 years old. We rode our bikes far away (around the corner of our block) to the woods (a vacant lot) and ate lunch. Mike, my older brother, age 11, made us baked apples over a small campfire. The memory of the hot, fragrant, steamy, tart apples as the browned outside peeled off, makes my mouth water some 37 year later. We were an adventurous crew - and still are. Last weekend as I hiked the AT in the Smokeys, I hoped to find an apple tree so I could make a baked apple. This weekend, I'll share this recipe with my kids in our backyard.

3pinner
Aug 27, 2010

Man that sounds good! Best place to do that in bear country would be where someone else would camp eh?

tom
Aug 27, 2010

Doing the High sierra in a week. This will be on my list but with a graham cracker crust

reader
Aug 23, 2010

Not quite dessert, but I remember stretching a fake (canned) biscuit around a stick like a cream horn, and cooking it over the campfire at 4-H camp. Just slide it off and fill with butter and jam. Yum!

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