Cooking outdoors over an open fire is a camper favorite during the summer. However many of our cooking techniques can also be done in home ovens and the recipes are great all year long. Our Dutch Oven Apple Crisp is one we especially love to share during at Thanksgiving. Fall is apple season and  there are a number of varietals to choose from. At camp we use Dutch ovens fitted with feet, lids with a rim and a wire handle but there are several different types of Dutch ovens for home and outdoor use. Dutch ovens are versatile and durable and can be used for frying, roasting and baking. When making baked goods,  they give a nice crisp top and bottom, with a moist well-cooked middle. 

Give this easy, flavorful apple crisp recipe at try and serve up an impressive dessert this Thanksgiving as you gather with family and friends.  

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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