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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

So, last week we made apple crisp in the dutch oven. This isn't our first attempt at apple crisp, though.

For our summer 2008 vacation, we went to Glacier National Park for a little more than a week. In the campground, we had numerous neighbors throughout the week. For a while we had some neighbors who had very little gear, ate simple camping food, and pretty much kept to themselves. One night, we made an apple crisp, which of course, made way more than we could eat, so Erin visited our neighbors and offered them some. Come to find out, our neighbors were from France and flew into Canada and rented a car to come to Glacier National Park. They seemed appreciative of the gesture, at least, and hopefully they liked the apple crisp.

To be honest, we weren't all that crazy about the recipe we tried on that trip. It came out of a camping cookbook, and just didn't seem sweet enough for us. So last week, when we decided to do apple crisp, we decided to take our regular apple crisp recipe (which comes from Matt's Mom) and tweak it to work in the 10-inch dutch oven. Turned out pretty good.

Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
10-inch camp Dutch oven

1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 cups peeled and sliced apples (Granny Smith or Jonathan)
1/2 cup quick oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the filling, mix the flour, salt, and cinnamon. Lay the sliced apples into a greased 10" Dutch oven. Sprinkle flour mixture on top and lightly stir to coat. Combine the oatmeal, 1/2 cup flour, melted butter, brown sugar, and baking powder. It will look like crumbs. Sprinkle on to of the apples.

Once your coals are ready, we used 7 coals underneath the DO and 14 coals on top. It took about 50 minutes to bake- rotating the d.o and the like periodically to prevent "hot spots".

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