Do you consider yourself an outdoorsy person? If I made you a hobo pie would you know what that is? Well, I’m almost ashamed to admit that I had no idea these things even existed until about a year ago when my cousin treated us to campfire apple pies made with pie irons.
And, wow! They were so yummy!
Since then, we’ve purchased a few campfire pie irons of our own and have been experimenting with cooking different things in them.
Here’s one recipe we came up with this summer and it’s so ingenious, if I may say so myself!
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Campfire apple pies with cinnamon raisin bread!
Supplies and Ingredients
- Campfire pie iron
- A Campfire
- One loaf of cinnamon raisin bread (this is our favorite, made with whole wheat flour)
- Apple pie filling (canned, but we prefer homemade, see below)
Homemade campfire apple pie filling:
You can easily purchase and use a can of apple pie filling. But, if you’d like to make your own this is how we do it:
This recipe is fairly flexible. Meaning if you like your apples sweeter, add more sugar. If you prefer your apples peeled, then peel them. (I don’t have time to peel apples.) This will make enough filling for about 6 sandwiches.
- Slice up about 8 apples into bite sized pieces
- Throw them into a baking dish
- Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar (add more if you want them sweeter and white sugar works too)
- Sprinkle with 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon, and a few dashes of powdered ginger and nutmeg
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour, until apples are soft.
How to make the pie iron apple pies:
- Open your campfire pie iron and onto one side press in one piece of cinnamon raisin bread
- Generously spoon on your apple pie filling
- Cover with a second piece of bread
- Close the pie iron while trying to tuck the bread inside
- Some people cut any bread off around the outside of the pie iron (we just leave this on and it gets toasty or burns off)
- Clamp your pie iron shut and place in the coals or hold over the flame
- Check periodically by opening the iron and seeing if the bread appears toasted or feels hot
- When you are happy with how cooked your campfire apple pie is, take it out of the fire, open the pie iron and carefully remove your pie
- Cut, share, and enjoy!
Notes on making campfire apple pies:
We are always surprised with how long our pies take to cook. On average, one apple pie will take about 8-10 minutes to fully heat up and get toasty. The cooking times will vary depending on the type of campfire pie iron you’re using.
We have both aluminum and cast iron ones. The cast iron pie iron can go directly in the flames or onto the coals. The aluminum pie iron’s instructions recommended to keep it away from direct flame.
Some people will use oil or butter between the pie iron and the bread slices. We haven’t had any problems yet with our bread sticking and not coming out of the irons. Sometimes the raisins in the bread stick, but we’re fine with that. Omitting the butter also means our fingers don’t get all oily while eating the pies.
Because we don’t put a lot of sugar into the apples and because we prefer to use the whole wheat bread we love to serve these for breakfast. One sandwich is very filling and so welcome on a cool camping morning. But, go ahead and eat these pies any time you want!
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