D’juno?!? A Dutch oven is a thick walled cooking pot with a tight fitting lid created in the 1700s; Colonists and settlers coveted them because of their versatility and durability. For centuries cooks have used them to boil, bake, stew, fry, and roast meals for their friends and families.  There are several different types of Dutch ovens for home and outdoor use.  Here at camp we use Dutch ovens fitted with feet, lids with a rim and a wire handles.  We place hot coals below the pot and on top of the lid which heat through for even cooking.   When making baked goods, you get a nice crisp top and bottom, with a moist well cooked middle.  This holiday season, impress your friends and family by cooking up an apple crisp in a Dutch oven! 

Ingredients:  Fruit Mixture

10 cups apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup golden raisins

Ingredients:  Topping
1-1/2 sticks butter
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
1-1/2 cups oats
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Vegetable oil or cooking spray



Prep: 20 min,  Cook: 45 min,  Serves: 6-8

Combine all of the ingredients for the fruit/apple mixture in a bowl.

In another bowl, cut the butter into the flour and stir in the remaining topping ingredients. 

Spray the interior of a dutch oven with cooking spray or wipe with vegetable oil. Spread the apple mixture in the bottom of the dutch oven. Top with the topping mixture. Bake at 350 degrees (farenheit) by placing 8 coals under the dutch oven and 16 coals on top of the lid. Continue cooking until the apples are cooked and the topping is brown. Serve warm, adding ice cream or whipped cream if desired!

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