How to Make Campfire Skillet Apple Cobbler

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This campfire skillet apple cobbler is the perfect camping dessert! It's super quick to prepare in advance, packs and travels like a dream and creates the most impressive fireside treat. Once you've made a dessert this delicious on the camp fire, you'll never go to the mountains without it again. In fact, you may be tempted to make all your tent-adjacent meals with a skillet and a few Ziploc bags.

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For the Apple Filling:

Things You'll Need

  • 3 pounds Fuji or Honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup brown sugar

For the Cobbler Topping:

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes

  • ¼ cup milk

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Step 1: Prepare the Filling

Add all the filling ingredients to a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Toss until well coated. Refrigerate (or add to an ice chest) until ready to use.

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Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Stir together the topping flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

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Step 3: Rub in the Butter

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your hands until well combined. You can also use a pastry cutter or even a food processor to mix the butter into the dry ingredients.

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Step 4: Add the Milk

Stir the milk into the topping ingredients.

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Step 5: Add Topping to a Bag

Add the mixture to a Ziplock bag. Refrigerate (or add to an ice chest) until ready to use.

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Step 6: Pack

Pack the filling bag, the topping bag, a 9-inch cast iron skillet and some aluminum foil for your camping trip. Keep the filling and topping in the ice chest until ready to use.

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Step 7: Add the Filling to the Skillet

Once your fire is well underway (mostly hot coals with low flames), add the filling to the skillet in an even layer.

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Step 8: Add the Topping

Crumble the topping over the filling in an even layer.

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Step 9: Cover and Bake

Cover tightly with aluminum foil and add to a wire grate over the fire. Cook just until the topping has puffed and cooked, 15-20 minutes (time depending on how hot your fire is). If the cobbler sits on the fire too long, the sugars will burn.

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Step 10: Serve and Enjoy

Carefully remove and ladle into bowls. It's hot so be careful!

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