Campfire Apple Crisp
Cooking this homey dessert in your campfire is as simple as moving the low-burning logs out into a frame to create a bed of embers in the center. Whipped crème fraîche gives it a touch of sophistication.
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Learn to Cook over Live Fire
When you're cooking anything more advanced than s'mores, you need a campfire that will work with you. Our favorite design is a log cabin-style arrangement surrounding a tipi of kindling. In a fire ring, stack four large logs in a box shape (use six if you're planning a long cooking time). Add tinder inside the box and arrange kindling in a tipi over it. Light tinder with matches or a lighter in a couple of spots; when it starts smoking, blow gently until flames emerge. It takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours for a campfire to burn down to low flames and embers, the ideal stage for cooking. At that point, spread the fire evenly under the cooking grate, using grilling tongs. Move logs or add more of them as needed.
Camp Sunset, a Modern Camper's Guide to the Great Outdoors (Oxmoor House; May 2016)