Campfire apple crisp is fun to make if you’re camping, and it’s also a tasty dessert idea if you’re not! Juicy apples are sweetened with sugar and flavoured with cinnamon, and this campfire apple dessert is topped with a sweet and crunchy crumb topping. It’s a decadent campfire dessert which everyone will love. So, if you’re looking for something other than s’mores (which are also great!) try these apple crisp foil packets instead.
Sweet juicy apples are always a treat and this campfire apple crisp showcases their wonderful flavour. It’s the perfect apple crisp recipe to choose if you’re camping and sure to be a highlight of your next camping trip.
Why You’ll Love Campfire Apple Crisp
Simple to prepare: Making campfire apple crisp is really easy. Nobody wants to mess around with complicated ingredients while camping, and you aren’t going to have your whole kitchen with you, so make apple crisp foil packets and you’ll be making a great choice!
Oh so tasty: Every component in these apple crisp foil packs is delicious, so you can imagine how amazing the finished dish is going to be. If you love hot desserts served with vanilla ice cream, this is perfect.
Ideal for campers: As long as you have a large mixing bowl and some aluminum foil with you, you can prepare these amazing apple crisp foil packets on the campfire.
Ingredients for the Best Campfire Apple Crisp
Apples are the star of this easy foil packets dessert and you can choose from Granny Smith apples, HoneyCrisp, Golden Delicious, or your favourite kind of sweet or tart apples. Brown sugar as well as white is used to flavour them, along with some ground cinnamon.
As for the crumb topping, you’ll need flour, sugar, oats, salted sweet cream butter, and another pinch of cinnamon. These can be served with ice cream or, if you aren’t hauling a mobile freezer or camping near a grocery store, aerosol whipped cream will be fine! Oh, and some caramel sundae topping is always a treat.
How to Make Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets
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Prepare the apple mixture: Core the apples, cut them into slices and toss them with the sugar and ground cinnamon.
Prepare the crumb topping: Mix the remaining ingredients together for the crumb topping.
Make the foil packets: Next, divide the apples between squares of foil, then add the crumb mixture on top, before bringing the edges together to make the foil packets, leaving a little vent hole in each one.
Cook the apple crisp: Cook the campfire apple crisp foil packets for about 15 minutes, then open one foil packet to see whether the apples are soft and the topping is bubbling hot, and cook some more if needed.
Serve the campfire apple pie packets: Carefully open foil packets and serve with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sundae topping, or anything else you like.
Substitutions and Variations
You can use any kind of sweet juicy apples you want in this campfire cooking favourite. The tart flavour of Granny Smith apples works nicely here or perhaps you have another preference.
If you’re using a sweeter apple, you can add a squirt of lemon juice to counter the sweetness. Apple pie spice works in place of the cinnamon if you want to use that, or even pumpkin pie spice.
What to Serve with Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets
These delicious foil packets are great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. They’re also nice with another flavour of ice cream. A drizzle of caramel sundae topping is nice, or even fudge, chocolate or another flavour.
How to Store this Campfire Apple Crisp Recipe
Store: This campfire apple crisp foil packets dessert is best served as soon as it’s made. If you do have leftovers, they will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: It’s unlikely you’ll be taking a freezer on your next camping trip, but if you’re making these at home you can freeze them in portions for future desserts.
Thaw: Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Reheat: Leftovers can be reheated for a minute or so in the microwave.
Grilled Apple Crisp FAQs
Campfire apple crumble is pretty easy to make but it’s important not to burn them. Campfires aren’t as easy to control as, say, the oven. The best way to make sure your apple crisp foil packets don’t burn is to put them over a hot part of the campfire (over hot embers) rather than in the direct flame or over a cooler part of the fire.
If the weather isn’t on your side, you can always bake your apple crisp foil packets instead of cooking them over an open fire. About 20 minutes in a 350 degrees F oven should do it.
Campfire Apple Crisp Recipe
Campfire Apple Crisp
- vanilla ice cream
- caramel sundae topping
- Preheat the grill for 350 degrees F or get your campfire going.
- Core and cut the apples into thin slices. You should have around 8 to 10 slices per apple.
- In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon until well coated.
- Make the crumb topping by combining the flour, brown sugar, quick oats, butter and cinnamon together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
- Lay out six large pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil. (12X12 in pieces) Evenly distribute the sugared apples onto the center of each piece of foil.
- Generously sprinkle the crumb topping over each pile of apples. You want enough to cover the apples completely.
- Bring the edges of the foil together to make a packet. Seal the packets well but leave some room for the heat to circulate inside.
- Place the foil packets on the grill or over the campfire on a grate. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the apples are tender. If you’re using a campfire, try to keep the packets out of the flames and in a hotter part of the embers to avoid burning.
- Carefully open a packet to check if the apples are done. They should be tender and the topping should be bubbly and golden. If not, reseal the packet and continue cooking, checking every few minutes.
- Once the apple crisps are done, let them cool for a few minutes before carefully opening the packets. The contents will be very hot.
- Serve the apple crisp directly from the packets. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sundae topping, if desired.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Campfire apple cobbler is a wonderful recipe made with thinly sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and a wonderful crumb topping. It’s a great dessert whether you’re camping or grilling at home. Everyone loves camping apple crisp and this is one of the tastiest (and most fun!) ways to make the classic dessert.
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