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Autumn Harvest: Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

I don’t know too many people who dislike the changing of the seasons, especially when the hot summer air graciously bows out and makes way for the chill of crisp autumn days and nights. Here in Michigan we enjoy a spectacular transition into fall with trees that burst into shades of fire red, blazing orange, and sun-kissed yellow seemingly overnight. And we also enjoy a bounty of fall fruit, like apples! So delicious plucked right off the tree, they’re also easy to bake into a mouth-watering dessert right over your campfire. If you’re planning a relaxing fall camping trip in the next month or two, bring along some tart apples, like Honey Crisp or Granny Smith, and your Dutch oven to create a delicious dessert everyone will melt over. And be sure to make room in your RV’s freezer for vanilla ice cream (a must for apple crisp!).


5 C. apples (peeled, cored, sliced)

Mixed together in a small bowl:

3 tsp. flour ½ C. sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon

To make the crisp topping:

½ C. quick oats ½ C. flour ½ C. brown sugar (packed) 1/8 tsp. each of baking powder & baking soda ¼ C. butter (melted)


  1. Plan ahead by getting a campfire going an hour or two before you’re going to bake your apple crisp. You’ll need to let the flames die down so you can use the hot coals for heat. DO NOT set your Dutch oven over open flames; you'll end up with a burned mess inside!

  2. Place your apple slices inside the Dutch oven, covering the bottom. Some may overlap.

  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the apples.

  4. Mix together the crisp toppings in a small bowl, stirring well to incorporate the melted butter. Using your hands or a spoon, sprinkle this mixture over the apples being careful not to leave any apples bare.

  5. Put the cover on your Dutch oven and set it on hot campfire coals. Place extra coals on the lid for more even heating. Cook over the hot coals for about an hour, checking for brownness occasionally. Apples should be tender and crisp topping should be nicely browned when done.

  6. Top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Fall is a popular season for RVing! Smaller crowds and cooler temperatures make for peaceful campgrounds and comfortable sleeping. If you’re in the market for a new RV to take on a great fall trip, stop by National RV Detroit where you’ll find the nation’s largest selection and the lowest prices! We’ll help you hitch up and hit the road before the leaves start to fall.

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