The apple crisp, sitting in its aluminum foil, getting ready to go on the fire
The finished product, complete with zebra paper plate for the kids.
As promised in my last post, I wanted to share the recipe that I came up with as a S’more substitute. It is unique to the camping experience, since it must be cooked over a fire (though I suppose you could bake it in the oven at home). But for us, the only time we will eat this is will be on a camping adventure…so I hope it will be fondly remembered by the family for many years to come.
Recently, I posted a breakfast bar recipe. I baked a batch of breakfast bars for the camping trip the day before we left home. We ate the breakfast bars for breakfast with a big fruit salad, but also used them to make this apple crisp. That is how this recipe is so easy to make….you precook the breakfast bars and the bars pull double duty as a breakfast and a dessert! Brilliant!
Like S’mores, the kids had a blast preparing and cooking this dessert almost more fun than eating them (almost!). With a ‘dull’ plastic knife they cut their own apples, laid the apples and chocolate out on their foil, and crumbled the breakfast bars just the way they liked them. This taught them about food prep but made their desserts special because they ‘created their own’. Daddy closed up the foil and put them on the fire grill while the kids eagerly watched (and smelled) their packets; helping daddy check them every 5 minutes until done. Besides being very tasty, the kids felt they were participants in this part of the meal and the dessert was made specifically for each of them.
A brief word about chocolate. Chocolate in the form of chocolate chips or a chocolate bar is a treat for us. We do eat it a couple of times a month, but this type of dessert is not served at home. We do eat quite a bit of raw cacao powder though! You can find dark chocolate that is allergen friendly and dairy free. If you cannot tolerate soy, you can find chocolate chips that are soy free. Look and I am sure you will find some form of chocolate that will work for you!
Ingredients (for 4 servings)
- 2-3 apples
- 2-3 breakfast bars (see link for complete recipe)
- a few dashes of cinnamon
- approximately 2/3 cup chocolate chips or 1 standard sized chocolate bar
- aluminium foil
- non stick cooking spray
- Core the apples. Cut them into bite sized pieces, leaving the skin on.
- Place the cut apples into a small saucepan and add 1/2 inch of water plus a few dashes of cinnamon to taste. Cook over the camp stove over medium heat, stirring often until the apples soften.
- Tear off 4 sheets of aluminium foil, approximately one foot in length.
- Spray non stick cooking spray onto the aluminium foil.
- Place 1/4 of the cooked apples onto each sheet.
- Crumble up the breakfast bars and place 1/4 of them onto each sheet.
- Top with your chocolate of choice.
- Wrap the aluminium foil up into little packets, seam side up.
- Place the packets on a grill over a campfire. The flames should not be high enough to touch the foil packets or they will burn pretty easily (for best results, wait until the fire is only burning embers or coals which will minimize the burn risk). Cook the packets for 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate is melted.
- Let cool for a few minutes. Open the packets and put the contents onto plates. Enjoy!
- You can experiment with any type of fruit that your family likes.
- Only the adults should remove the packet from the fire and open it…they can get hot (just ask my husband!).