This is a super-simple way to cook. Local apples are everywhere now, and are an easy but delicious dessert for campers.
BBQ Baked Apples
You’ll need a lidded barbecue to make this delicious apple dessert. Or it can be cooked in the embers of a campfire.
4 eating apples
1 large knob of butter
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
a handful each of sultanas and chopped nuts
2 tsp demerara sugar
a splash of booze if there’s some around (rum, brandy, cider but – NOT beer or wine!)
1Core the apples, leaving the bottom 2cm in if possible. If that’s too hard, take the whole core out, cut the bottom 2cm off the core and plug it back into the bottom of the apple. This is to stop all the melted butter flowing out later.
2Score a line around the centre of the apple.
3Put the butter, light brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix in the nuts and sultanas. Use your hands if it’s easier to blend it all up into a lumpy paste.
4Push some of the mixture into each apple until it’s all used up.
5Place each apple on the centre of a large double-thickness square of foil. Sprinkle a little demerara sugar and some rum or brandy (if using) over the top, then wrap each apple up tight in its own square of foil.
6Put the foil parcels on your barbecue away from the direct heat and close the lid. You’ll need to rotate the apples occasionally to enable them to cook evenly.
7They will take about 20 minutes to cook and go soft enough to eat (you don’t want them mushy), but this will depend on the size of apples and your heat source, so keep an eye on them. Serve with cream or plain yoghurt.
Recipe from Pitch Up, Eat Local by Ali Ray (AA Publishing with The Camping and Caravanning Club).
Turn to page 72 of September's The Simple Things for Under Canvas, highlighting secluded, riverside camping pitches. On sale 29 August 2015.
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