Campfire Cooking: Baked Apples

Apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in Michigan, with 50 percent of them sold fresh. With apples being in such an abundance, they make these baked apples super easy to make. It is a great treat to have while on a camping trip, or even during a backyard bonfire.

Apples are nutritional powerhouses that contain vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, dietary fiber and more. They provide many health benefits such as reducing the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Walnuts contain healthy fats, protein, and fiber which increase satisfaction and fullness making them a great snack.

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apples with filling for campfire


  • 4 large apples, pick your favorite
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit of choice, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts, chopped or your favorite nuts
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, ground
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, unsalted, softened, divided

Campire Baked Apples

1. Using a knife of an apple corer carefully core the apples. Do not break open the apples.
2. Brush the inside of the apples with half of the lemon juice.
3. Place each apple on their own 10-inch square sheet of aluminum foil.
4. In a small bowl, mix the remaining lemon juice, dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and half of the butter.
5. Press dried fruit mixture into the center of each cored apple.
6. Cut the butter into four equal parts.
7. Place one piece of butter on top of each apple, over the center filled with the dried fruit mixture.
8. Wrap each apple tightly with aluminum foil.
9. Place aluminum foil wrapped apples in or next to hot coals or fire, but not onto open flame, and cook for 30 minutes - 1 hour. Keep checking your apples. If coals are too hot, remove from coals and place on a grate over the coals. Apples are done when they feel tender when squeezed. Serve warm. Enjoy with frozen vanilla yogurt.

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