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Vermont Christmas Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

Here's a simple but, tasty holiday dessert we prepared this weekend just before Christmas at our camp in the Vermont woods (which was half the fun of it!).

Step 1: A couple hours before I wanted to cook, I went out to shovel the latest foot of snow off the firepit I built last summer, and much to my surprise and delight I found that my wife had already done it! She is a fine woman, an amazing woman, a remarkable woman!!!

Step 2: Build a small fire that will give you hot coals enough to cook for 30-40 minutes. I built the fire on some old soapstones. They hold the heat well and got the fire up off the wet brick.

Step 3: Mix the ingredients. See complete recipe below.

Step 4: Put the ingredients into a 12" Dutch Oven and put hot coals under it and on the lid of the oven. More coals on the top helps to get the topping browned well and crispy. I love it nice and crispy!

Step 5: When apples are done (soft, but not mushy) take all coals from underneath and let it cool with coals on top so the topping gets extra crispy (my theory). Did I say I like the topping crispy?

Step 6: When cooled a bit, it's ready to serve! Serves 10+

Step 7: We like it when it's still hot and topped with vanilla ice cream. My wife gets the first bowl full! Enjoy!

RECIPE

Vermont Christmas Dutch Oven Apple Crisp
(Adapted from the Field Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking)

Apple Mixture:
10 cups of apples, peeled and sliced
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated lemon peel)
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup raisins

Topping:
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1-1/2 cups oats
1-1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger (less to taste)

Put apple mixture in bottom of of 12" Dutch Oven. Pour topping evenly over mixture. Bake at approx. 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cook until apples are soft but not mushy and topping is brown and crisp!

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