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Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

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Enjoy this Dutch Oven Apple Crisp recipe on your next camping trip or baked at home. It is the perfect taste of fall in one bite!

serving of Dutch oven Apple Crumble on a blue plate

(This recipe for Dutch Oven Apple Crumble was originally published in November 2017, but was updated with new photos in 2020).

Last month we attended a fall camping rally and our friends, Peggy and Paul were there. Peggy is a fantastic cook and is always eager to have us taste her camping food and have it shared here on the blog.

Peggy submitted her Rhubarb Crunch Recipe to be featured back in the spring and now she has another great Dutch oven dessert. Enjoy her version of Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler which she adapted from the King Arthur Flour Cookbook.

Apple Cobble Dutch Oven Camping Recipe with a serving on a blue plate

Dutch Oven Apple Crisp Recipe

This recipe has several steps, including prep that can be done at home. Make sure to read through the entire post so that your dessert turns out. You should also check out our Dutch Oven Cranberry Apple Dump Cake.

Recipe Prep at Home Before Camping

The topping can be made ahead and kept chilled until ready to use. I do this before each camping trip.

In a food processor or with a pastry blender (which is easier for prep while camping), cut flour and butter pieces together until crumbly.

Add the rest of the ingredients except for the oats. When all the ingredients are combined evenly, stir in the oats. Store in a covered container or a plastic zipper storage bag.

Apple Crisp in Dutch Oven Directions

It is time to start baking at the campground. Prep the charcoal briquettes using a charcoal chimney. You will need 8 for the bottom and 16 for the top, but it is a good idea to add a few extra for backup.

Preheat your Dutch oven over the campfire to speed up the backing process.

Peel and slice the apples. I used an apple peeler/corer/slicer device to speed up the process. This device is also handy for cutting apples for this Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Monkey Bread,

Mix the sliced apples with the rest of apple mixture ingredients in a large bowl, stirring gently to keep apples from breaking.

Line the Dutch oven with a homemade parchment liner. Pour the apple mixture into the Dutch oven.

sliced apple mixture being added to a Dutch oven

Top the apples with the crumbly mixture.

oatmeal mixture being added on top of apples in a Dutch oven

Sprinkle some chopped nuts on top of this camping apple crisp if desired.

Apple Dessert Baking Instructions

Place the 8 coals in an even circular pattern in the bottom of a foil pan and put the Dutch oven on top. We like to use a foil pan that is about the same size as the cast-iron pot. We keep this and reuse on each camping trip.

Place the lid on the Dutch oven and put 16 coals on top around the rim and middle of the lid.

Dutch oven with charcoal on the lid

Bake for 40- 45 minutes, rotating the lid and Dutch oven opposite directions every 10-15 minutes, to ensure even baking.

Remove the lid and check to see if the campfire apple crisp is bubbly and brown around the 35-40 minute point. You can leave it a few more minutes, but keep in mind that the oatmeal crisp topping will keep baking in a hot Dutch oven. Do not overbake!

When fully baked as you like, allow this camping apple dessert to sit for at least 10 minutes with no coals before serving.

close up of apple crisp in a Dutch oven

Doesn’t this camping apple crumble look fantastic? It was amazing!

Thank you to Peggy for sharing this recipe with us. She is a fantastic cook and we are looking forward to featuring more recipes from her again.

Dutch oven apple crisp dessert with text on the image
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Yield: 12 Servings

Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

close up of apple crisp in a Dutch oven

Create this delicious Apple Crisp Dutch Oven recipe while camping or at home.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Apple filling:

  • 8-10 Granny Smith apples plus 4 more of a different variety- Gala, etc.
  • 4 oz. of apple juice or cider
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4-5 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 stick COLD butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 - 1 cup old fashion oats

Instructions

  1. For best results read through the details in the post above.
  2. Prepare the topping ahead of time and kept chilled until ready to use. I did this before the camping trip. Store the topping in a covered container or a plastic zipper storage bag.
  3. In a food processor at home or with a pastry blender (which is easier while camping), cut flour and butter pieces together until crumbly. Add the rest of the topping ingredients except for the oats. When all the ingredients are combined evenly, stir in the oats.
  4. Prepare the charcoal for baking in a charcoal chimney. You will need 8 for the bottom and 16 for the top, but add a few extra for backup.
  5. Peel and slice the apples. I used an apple peeler/corer/slicer device to speed up the process. Mix the sliced apples with the rest of apple filling ingredients in a large bowl, stirring gently to keep apples from breaking.
  6. Place apple mixture into a lined Dutch oven and top with the crumbly mixture. You can sprinkle with some chopped nuts if desired.
  7. Put the lid on the Dutch oven.
  8. Place the 8 coals in an even circular pattern and put the Dutch oven on top. Arrange 16 coals on the top around the rim and middle of the lid.
  9. Bake for approximately 40- 45 minutes, Rotating the lid and Dutch oven in opposite directions every 10-15 minutes to ensure even baking. Add or remove coals as needed.
  10. Around the 35-40 minute mark, check to see if the dessert is bubbly and brown. Allow for more time if needed, but be aware that the crumble can easily burn.
  11. Allow the Dutch oven to sit for at least 10 minutes with no coals before serving.

Notes

Add other seasonal fruit such as pears or cranberries to the filling.

Please rate this recipe, leave a comment below, or share a photo of how it turned out for you on this pin on Pinterest.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 15g

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Sara Kaplan

Saturday 26th of September 2020

This came out great! We used truvia brown sugar substitute to save some carbs. We also used firewood coals. We had to replenish every 10-15 minutes. We let it cook 40 minutes and it could have gone 10-15 minutes more. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Let's Camp S'more

Sunday 27th of September 2020

We have never heard of firewood coals, but much check them out. Glad you liked this recipe!

Mother of 3

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

I just LOVE apple crisp and I know I would love it while camping! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe with us at the Hello Fall Linky party. Pinned.

letscampsmore

Monday 8th of October 2018

Thanks!

Miz Helen

Sunday 19th of November 2017

Apple Crumble would be awesome to enjoy on a camping trip! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Come to next weeks Thanksgiving party on Tuesday at 8:00 am, CST, see you then! Have a bountiful Thanksgiving! Miz Helen

letscampsmore

Monday 20th of November 2017

Thank you!