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Campfire Baked Apples {Gluten-Free}

These Campfire Baked Apples are easy to make while on a camping trip or you can bake them in the oven while relaxing at home!

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I went camping this weekend. My family and I had a great time white water rafting with my neighbors. We had about six families which included 17 kids!! There were no showers at our campsite, but we had the river!

Kern River runs about 165 miles and is fed by the snowmelt near Mount Whitney. So the cold water felt oh, so good, in those 100ºF plus temperatures we were having. We got some river rafting fun in as well as just good old fashioned jumping in the river fun!

Campfire Baked Apples {Gluten-Free} by FamilySpice.com

We divided meal duties amongst the families and I was for dinner the first night. I made campfire chili with a cornbread crust in a dutch oven. It went over very well with the hungry campers and no one left hungry!

While the kids had s’mores for dessert, I made something more sophisticated for the grown-ups: campfire baked apples. So easy, and really delicious!

While the chili was cooking, my friends and I cored out enough apples for all of us. I think we made about 16 total for 10 adults & 15 kids. I figured most of the kids preferred the marshmallow goodness over my healthy baked apples!

Campfire Baked Apples {Gluten-Free} by FamilySpice.com

After coring the apples, we placed each on their own square of aluminum foil. I had made the dried fruit mixture at home and brought it in a ziploc bag. This save me the step of bringing all the ingredients with me to the campsite and and mix it up over there.

I used what I had in the pantry: dried cranberries, raisins, and walnuts seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. At the campsite, I added the little bit of butter needed and we stuffed the apples with the yummy goodies.

After topping each apple with another dab of butter, we wrapped the apples up and put them in the fire ring. Yes, it really is THAT easy!

Campfire Baked Apples {Gluten-Free} by FamilySpice.com

Now, our coals were pretty piping hot, so we didn’t put them directly on the coals, but next to them. After 20 minutes or so, we figured they were still cooking too fast (we hadn’t eaten dinner yet!), so we put them on top of the grate attached to our fire ring.

We knew they were done when we squeezed the apples with some long handled tongs and they were soft, but not mushy. We took them off the heat and put them in a cardboard box until we were ready to devour them.

Campfire Baked Apples {Gluten-Free} by FamilySpice.com

And, boy, were they devoured!! The older kids, who were sick of s’mores, enjoyed them, too. It was like a personal apple pie, only healthier and tastier. The apples still had some tartness to them, but were perfect with the sweet filling inside.

Since my final picture didn’t turn out, it was pretty late when I got around to it, I made one for myself yesterday at home. I did the same thing, but cooked it in my toaster oven at 350ºF.

Since there was only one and the oven was small, it was ready in 45 minutes. It was just as delicious. But, I think I enjoyed it more since I was showered and in my air conditioned home!

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Campfire Baked Apples Stuffed with Nuts and Dried Fruit

Author:

Laura Bashar

This easy dessert can be made at home or around the campfire. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples, such as Gala or Granny Smith
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberries, dried
  • 2 TBS raisins
  • 2 TBS walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 TBS butter, unsalted, softened

Directions:

  1. Using a knife of an apple corer carefully core:
    • 4 large apples , such as Gala or Granny Smith
  2. Be sure not to break open the apples.
  3. Brush the inside of the apples with:
    • 1 TBS lemon juice
  4. Place each apple on their own a 10-inch square sheet of aluminum foil.
  5. In a small bowl, mix:
    • 1 TBS lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup cranberries, dried
    • 2 TBS raisins
    • 2 TBS walnuts , chopped
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
    • 1/2 TBS butter, unsalted , softened
  6. Press dried fruit mixture into the center of each cored apple.
  7. Cut into four pieces:
    • 1/2 TBS butter, unsalted
  8. Place one piece of butter on top of each apple, over the center filled with the dried fruit mixture.
  9. Wrap each apple tightly with the aluminum foil.
  10. Place aluminum foil wrapped apples in or next to hot coals, not onto open flame, and cook for 30 minutes - 1 hour. Keep checking your apples. If coals are too hot, remove from coals and place on a grate over the coals. Apples are done when they feel tender when squeezed. Serve warm.*

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Mix it up with different nuts (pecans, macadamia nuts) and dried fruits (dried apricots, currants, cherries). For an extra indulgent, during the last 5 minutes of cooking time, add 1 caramel candy square on top of apple.

Cooking Tips: * Apples can also be baked in an oven at 350ºF for approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 4

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