Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dutch Oven Camp Cooking BEACH STYLE

Dear  friends,
I've missed you! I snuck away from the electronic world for a couple of weeks to recharge my bloggin' batteries ( and my batteries in general )  in our off grid Home Sweet Cottage by the sea. I'm still shaking sand out of everything, including our Lodge Cast Iron Dutch oven! Are any of you campers or backyard cookers? I gave my man- scout one of these cast iron beauties for his birthday last year. He was inspired to try some of his own camp cookin' after some delicious outings with his Scout Troop. So along with our two kids, the dog, and our guinea pig , blankets, beach towels and bathing suites we stuffed our " virgin " dutch oven into the back of our SUV and off we went. Luckily a recipe booklet was included with the pot so once we settled on Lodge's Baked Stuffed Apples recipe we were good to go at least in the food department...

* This handy booklet tells you how to handle the coals, season the pot and it's got some great recipes to too! 

Now all we needed was the perfect evening for a bonfire on the BEACH! 

With the tide just right under a full moon, calm skies and waters on our last night we " broke in " the oven.

Before cooking 

 my proud ( and handsome ) man scout 

Baked  Stuffed Apple's 
12" Camp Dutch Oven 

6 baking apples
1/2 cup raisins ( I used craisins instead of raisins) 
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2-1/4 cups water
6 ounces orange juice concentrate, thawed
3 tablespoons honey 

 Wash and dry apples. Remove core,but do not cut all the way through the bottom of the apple. In a small bowl, combine raisins ( or craisins ) , almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg. Divide filling among apples. Using fingers, stuff apples with  filling. In a small bowl, combine water, orange juice concentrate and honey. Mix until well blended. Place apples in 12 inch Lodge Camp Dutch Oven. Carefully pour orange juice mixture over apples. Bake between 350 to 425  for 50 minutes, or until apples are tender. Spoon excess sauce over apples before serving. Serves 6. 

This recipe was delicious and would be perfect for an autumn evening under the stars in your backyard, backwoods, and on the beach! 

* The dutch oven did not include the handsome man scout. He's mine! Tell  me, do you have a favorite recipe you enjoy cooking up outdoors? 

A dutch oven in long-term storage is bad for the soul. — Blaine Nay
I'm sharing this post on this weeks Homestead Barn Hop


Unknown said...

Mmmm... those apples look good! Hope you had a good trip.

P.S. I already have my own handsome man, thank you! ;-)

Candy C. said...

What a beautiful night ya'll had to break in the Dutch Oven! The apples look yummy! Your man scout looks very proud of his accomplishments! ;)

Carol J. Alexander said...

I love my cast iron dutch oven. Just rarely get to use it outside. Those apples look yummy.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh Deb dear,

Of course you needed to recharge your batteries...and what a perfect place to do it.

LOVE Dutch ovens and am lucky to have inherited two, one from Grandmother Lovejoy and one from my Nonie Clarke. I use them all the time, but you've inspired me to use them outside too.

Love and a hug,

Julia said...

I miss my Dutch oven! I need to get a new one. They are so great for so many things. BTW- the apples look divine!

Michaele said...

I have had lessons in dutch oven cooking, but have yet to try it. Thanks for directing or re-directing me. Not sure what happened or how I lost you.

Creations by Dina said...

Those apples look yummy. I have a dutch oven and have yet to use it like I am supposed to. I have cooked a summer stew in it over a fire one year camping though, which included all kinds of veges from the garden and summer sausage sliced up and put in!!

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