Pudgie Pies- A Campfire Treat
It’s always so hard for me to choose between pudgie pies and smores for dessert when we go camping. I usually just have to go with both because they are amazing treats that are special for making around the campfire with family and friends!
All you need for this dessert is a pie iron, butter, bread, and apple pie filling. The ClearJel in this recipe helps it have a thicker consistency for the pudgie pies since it won’t be cooking in an oven like your typical apple pie. So make this filling a day or two before you leave for your camping getaway and just refrigerate until you are ready.
Disclaimer: This recipe makes about 3 pints so you should adjust it according to your camping crew!
Ingredients for apple pie filling:
6 cups peeled & sliced Tuttle’s apples
1 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups unsweetened apple juice
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup ClearJel®
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup lemon juice
Directions for the apple pie filling:
Blanch your apple slices in a large pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm in a covered bowl. Combine the sugar, ClearJel, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large stainless steel saucepan. Stir in apple juice and cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, and cook until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Add lemon juice and then return to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Drain apple slices and immediately fold into hot mixture. Before processing, heat, stirring, until apples are heated through. Once it has cooled, put into a tight container or jar and put it in the fridge until you leave!
Directions for making your Pudgie Pie:
Set 1 is to put your empty pie iron into the fire for a little bit so it heats up.
Set 2 is to add butter generously to both sides of the pie iron being careful not to get it on anything it could melt!
Set 3 is to put bread on both sides of the pie iron
Set 4 is to put your apple pie filling onto one side of the pie iron, close it completely, and head over to the fire.
Set 5: Scrape both sides of the pie iron the the side of your fire pit to remove the crust. Put the pie iron directly onto the fire. The amount of time it takes to finish will depend on how hot your fire is but you can always pause and open the pie iron to check and re-close if you think it needs more time. There is a pretty fine line between the perfect pie and a burnt pie so be sure to flip it over and check it within a few minutes.
Set 6 is to open your pie iron and drop it onto your plate! It will take a while to cool down so I would personally advise going ahead and making your second helping while the first cools because you are definitely going to want two!
I modified the pie filling recipe from freshpreserving.com