The Backcountry Chef-Cinnamon Apples

After a full day of outdoors exertion, I think that you can agree that you probably deserve a little something delicious.  You still want to keep it at least a little healthy though, right?  Well, maybe you don’t WANT to, but you know you should.  Here’s a sweet treat that will actually add to your day’s nutrient count.

Firebaked cinnamon apples

Feeds: 1
Good for: Families, solo chefs, backpacking, car camping
Cooking time: 45 minutes


-1 sizable baking apple (granny smith or jonathan would work great)
-1 tbsp butter
-1 tbsp sugar
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-crushed walnuts (optional)

-Thin knife
-Square of aluminum foil


  1. Carefully use knife to core apple, taking care not to slash your hand open or cut through the bottom of the apple.
  2. Mix cinnamon, sugar, and crushed walnuts together
  3. Dump cinnamon, sugar, and walnut mixture into the apple, cover with tbsp. of butter
  4. Placing apple in center of square of aluminum foil, wrap fruit up entirely.  Place in fire, open side up
  5. Allow apple to roast until softened and heated through, around 45 minutes.
  6. Ideas of things to do while waiting for apples to cook: daydream about how delicious it will be, play “country roads” on guitar, or reapply bug spray like 7 times.
  7. Enjoy!

Weekly Backcountry Cooking tip:  Individually packaged seasonings

You may not make it to fast food restaurants that often (good on you if you don’t) but you know what I mean when I say that they are flush with incredibly convenient individually packaged flavorings, like soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayo, barbeque sauce, and many more.  It isn’t a horrible idea to collect these when you can—it is a lot easier to pack little packet of soy sauce in and out of a wilderness area than an actual bottle of soy sauce.  It will allow you to get more creative with your outdoor chef-ery, and you can get these completely free of charge!