Pioneering Apple Pies, also known as campfire apple pies, are a delightful and nostalgic treat that can be made outdoors over an open fire. They are a perfect dessert option for camping trips or backyard bonfires. Here’s a simple recipe to guide you in making Pioneering Apple Pies:
For the Pie Filling:
- 4-5 medium-sized apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties like Granny Smith and Honeycrisp)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- A pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Pie Crust:
- 1 package store-bought refrigerated pie dough (or you can make your own pie dough in advance)
For Assembling and Cooking:
- Cooking spray or melted butter
- Aluminum foil
- Prepare the Apple Filling:
- Peel, core, and dice the apples into small pieces.
- In a bowl, mix the diced apples with granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg (if using), and lemon juice. Toss well to coat the apples evenly with the sugar and spices.
- Prepare the Pie Crust:
- If using store-bought pie dough, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly. If making your own dough, follow your preferred pie crust recipe.
- Assemble the Pioneering Apple Pies:
- Take a sheet of aluminum foil (approximately 12×12 inches) and lightly grease it with cooking spray or melted butter to prevent sticking.
- Roll out a portion of the pie dough on the greased aluminum foil. The rolled dough should be large enough to fit your desired pie size (you can make small individual pies or a larger one).
- Place a generous amount of the apple filling in the center of the rolled-out dough.
- Fold and Seal the Pie:
- Fold the edges of the dough over the apple filling, creating a semi-circle or turnover shape.
- Press the edges firmly to seal the pie.
- You can also crimp the edges with a fork or fold and twist them to create a decorative seal.
- Cook the Pioneering Apple Pies:
- Prepare a campfire or open fire with medium heat.
- Place the prepared pies on a grate or directly on the hot coals (make sure the aluminum foil is tightly wrapped to prevent burning).
- Cook the pies for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until the crust turns golden brown and the apples are tender.
- Be careful when flipping the pies to avoid tearing the crust.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Once the pies are cooked to perfection, carefully remove them from the fire.
- Allow them to cool slightly before serving, as the filling will be very hot.
- Serve the Pioneering Apple Pies as a delightful and rustic campfire dessert.
Note: This recipe is designed for cooking over an open fire. If you prefer, you can also bake these apple pies in a conventional oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.