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Campfire Baked Apples

Posted by Gav Grayston.
First Published Oct 2013; updated May 2023.

Baked apples are simple to cook on the campfire. Get your kids to stuff them first—also a good recipe for bonfire night.

Baked apples are simple to cook over the campfire. They're nice and seasonal if you go camping in Autumn.  They're also good if you are having a Halloween or bonfire party.

Preparing the apples for baking over the fire

Preparing the apples for baking

Preparing the apples for baking

The best apples to use for this are large cooking apples.

Wash and cut out the apple cores.

The filling

Make up the baked apple filling before coming to the campsite

Inside each apple, you want to stuff the hole where the core was with a filling.

We made this at home and brought it to the campsite in a food bag.

Stuffing the Apples

Stuffing the apples before baking over the campfire

The baked apple filling is simply a mix of brown sugar, sultanas, and cinnamon. Adjust the mix according to what your family likes.

Depending on how sticky you want your kids, stuffing the apples is something they can do.

Simply wrap each apple individually in foil.

How to cook baked apples over the campfire

Campfire Cooking with Kids

So here's the thing: you don't cook them over the fire. You don't cook them in the flames. You don't put them in the middle of the fire.

You actually cook them on the hot embers.

Place each apple in the embers. Put hot embers over the top of them.

I find using a hot glove ideal for this (see these gloves on Amazon, which are similar to the ones I bought).

Apples do not take long to bake. I think we were around 5 to 10 minutes.

They can explode inside the foil if they get too hot or cook too long (as we learned!).

To see if they are cooked, prod the side of the foil. If the apple feels slightly soft it is done.

The result

An exploded baked apple

An exploded baked apple

This picture above is of our exploded apple (still plenty edible!).

The apples should be nice and soft - like apples in apple crumble or apple pie.

Campfire Baked Apples

If your kids aren't that keen on apples, they may like them better if they mix up the filling with the rest of the apple to sweeten it.