Stuffed apples cooked over embers
In collaboration with Geneviève O’Gleman, nutritionist, savourer.ca
When camping, there’s nothing more magical than ending our days around the campfire! We extend the evenings chatting and tending to the flames as we sing along together under the moon as though time were standing still. I love this moment, so simple yet so perfect.
That’s when the bag of marshmallows makes its much-awaited appearance and we launch into sweet-tooth pig-out preparation mode by putting a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers. This dessert is an absolutely must for the first evening at the campsite. But when we pitch our tent for several nights and we repeat the experience a number of times during the summer, we quickly reach our pig-out quota!
So I’ve created other campfire dessert recipes that are just as delicious. Chocolate fondue in a cone is still all the rage and, lately, I’ve added stuffed apples to my repertoire.
They’re super easy to prepare. As I always bring dried fruit when I go outdoors, I thought to myself that this could very well be used as a base for my apple stuffing extravaganza. Apricots, cranberries, raisins, dates… I use what I have on hand. I bring a bunch of apples, and an apple corer is now an indispensable part of my camping equipment.
It’s an interactive dessert. Once the apples are cored, everyone garnishes their dessert to their liking. Put a bit of butter in the apple cavity, add your favourite dried fruit, and conclude with maple sugar or brown sugar, whichever you happen to have. If you have a bit of cinnamon, add a pinch, but it's entirely optional. You can also throw in a bit of granola or chopped nuts if you have some.
Tightly wrap the apples in aluminium foil and place them on the embers, turning them from time to time. The goal is to keep an eye on your apple and find the right one on the embers at the end of the cooking process!
Place your wrapped apple in a bowl or lunch box using tongs, let it cool two or three minutes, unwrap, and enjoy!
Oh yeah, and whoever took the wrong apple must get up first to make coffee the next morning!