Have you ever gone camping or had a backyard campfire with your family? Did you ever make campfire apple pie? You know those pie presses where you place some apple or cherry pie filling between two pieces of buttered bread, press it all in the pie press, and place the pie irons in the campfire. When it comes out, you have this deliciously crisp, gooey apple pie.
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I was craving that the other day. But, being winter and not anywhere near a campfire I was trying to figure out how to recreate the experience. Then I remembered that sitting in the back of my cabinet was a George Foreman grill. So while it’s not exactly the same as a pie press in an open fire, I decided to give it a try.
I decided to try two different versions. The buttered bread version, and also a version using tortillas.
I think the results were wonderful. Both gave the flavor I was looking for, but the buttered bread was more reminiscent of the campfire pie pockets that I was craving.
Since I’m trying to eat healthier, I decided to nix the canned pie filling and just make my own. I used my apple peeler/corer to peel and slice my apples, then diced them small. I sprinkled in a teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/2 T. of Pyure Sweetener. You could certainly use sugar instead but you’ll probably want 2T and 1 T. of melted butter. You can certainly use a canned pie filling if that’s what you prefer and it would make the process even easier.
I mixed all that together for the filling. I spread butter on the outside of both bread slices and one side of the tortilla. Then, I filled them both with the apple mixture and placed one at a time in the grill, pressed it closed and waited. The aroma of cinnamon and apples while it was cooking made my mouth water. I just love an easy to throw together recipe! Don’t you?
Oh– goodness the flavor takes me back!
What apple pie memories do you have?
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