Dutch Oven Apple Pie Recipe and Benefits on Health


Dutch Oven Apple Pie Recipe

Dutch oven apple pie is the easiest type of apple pie to make. A Dutch oven is an indispensable tool in camping or backpacking cooking. It can be used for baking, slow cooking, simmering and even deep-frying. The cast iron material makes it perfect for all types of outdoor cooking including open flame cooking, wood fire stovetop cooking and over a campfire fire pit.

Ingredients:

Apple Pie

Approx 2 lbs of apples (I mix Granny Smith with Honey Crisp). 1/2 cup white sugar + 1/4 brown sugar mixed together. 3 tablespoons vanilla extract. 1 tsp cinnamon powder – more if you like your pies on the spicy side! Also need some butter or margarine to grease the Dutch oven. A little less than 1/4 cup of flour  (helps to absorb extra juices from apples).

1 store-bought pie crust – enough to cover a 10-inch diameter Dutch oven (10 inches is a standard size for a Dutch oven). And optionally, some vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream!

Preparation: 

Apple Pie

Peel and slice all the apples in approximately the same-sized chunks. Grease the Dutch oven with butter/margarine and sprinkle about half of the sugar plus cinnamon mixture on the bottom of the pan. Next, add apple chunks and remaining sugar + cinnamon mixture evenly over top of apples. Now add flour onto the top of apples followed by vanilla extract then finally top it with small squares of cold butter or margarine. Take store-bought pie crust and cover the Dutch oven, pressing edges firmly onto the walls of the pan to ensure it stays in place when you remove your pie later.

Baking: 

Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 90 minutes – 1 hour, rotating every 30 minutes. Remove from oven when the crust is golden brown and apples are soft. Allow cooling for at least 15 – 20 minutes before serving with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

Dutch Oven Apple Pie Recipe Summary: Yes this recipe does take a little time but once you’ve made this easy Dutch oven apple pie recipe a few times, each subsequent time will get easier and easier. When I make my apple pies in the backcountry I use my 12 inches cast iron Dutch oven. It is big enough to make a pie for everyone and still have leftovers to take home (if you can manage not to eat it all up on the spot!). Of course, if you baking at home, you can always split this recipe in two and make two pies at once.

Second Dutch Oven Apple Pie Recipe

Backpacking & Tailgating Prep time: 20 mins 

Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins 

Total time: 1 hour 50 mins 

Ingredients

Approx 2 lbs of apples (I mix Granny Smith with Honey Crisp).

½ cup white sugar + ¼ brown sugar mixed together.

3 tablespoons vanilla extract.

1 tsp cinnamon powder – more if you like your pies on the spicy side!

Also need some butter or margarine to grease the Dutch oven.

A little less than ¼ cup of flour  (helps to absorb extra juices from apples).

1 store-bought pie crust – enough to cover a 10-inch diameter Dutch oven. And optionally, some vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream! Instructions Peel and slice all the apples in approximately the same-sized chunks. Grease the Dutch oven with butter/margarine and sprinkle about half of the sugar plus cinnamon mixture on the bottom of the pan. Next, add apple chunks and remaining sugar + cinnamon mixture evenly over top apples. Now add flour onto the top of apples followed by vanilla extract then finally top it with small squares of cold butter or margarine. Take store-bought pie crust and cover the Dutch oven, pressing edges firmly onto the walls of the pan to ensure it stays in place when you remove your pie later. Baking: Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 90 minutes – 1 hour, rotating every 30 minutes. Remove from oven when the crust is golden brown and apples are soft. Allow it to cool for at least 15 – 20 minutes before serving with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

Dutch Oven Apple Pie Recipe Cooking time varies depending on what type of heat source you use and even how many coals/wood you add to the fire. The more you add the hotter it will be and therefore a greater cooking time is needed. You may also need to add more coals/wood throughout the cooking process if your fire dies down while the pie is in there baking. I have had some pies take almost 2 hours to bake!

Dutch Oven Apple Pie Health Benefits:

The main ingredients of the Dutch oven apple pie recipe are crystallized ginger and cashews, which have numerous health benefits. Some of these health benefits for this dutch oven apple pie are listed below:

  1. Apple helps to build body resistance against infections.  It can help prevent cancer and type 2 diabetes.  It is also helpful in weight loss. – Ginger helps to build your immune strength by improving digestion and absorption of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, K, calcium and phosphorus. It has anti-inflammatory properties that may be helpful in preventing heart disease or stroke by reducing LDL cholesterol levels (the bad kind) while raising HDL (the good kind). Ginger extracts may inhibit the growth of human leukaemia cells, and animal studies suggest that ginger may protect against stomach ulcers. – Cashews are high in copper, which is essential for the production of red blood cells and also helps regenerate cells.  They’re also a good source of magnesium, iron, phosphorus and zinc while being high in calories (good or bad depending on who you ask), protein and fat (the “good” kind). The antioxidants they contain have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels when elevated. A study has found cashews to have an anti-inflammatory effect on human beings.
  2. It is gluten-free.  It is vegan.  It contains raisins, which have been shown to have a positive effect on cognitive performance in ageing rats. – It contains flax seeds, whose anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to reduce pain and stiffness in people with arthritis. In addition, it has been shown that flaxseed oil may help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by keeping blood platelets from becoming stickier and therefore restricting the formation of clots inside blood vessels. Flax seeds contain healthful omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and lignans, a type of antioxidant said to prevent tumour growth in the colon.
  3. In addition, apples are a good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C.  The method of cooking on coals is also healthy because it does not add additional fat.
  4. Natural anti-inflammatory: Cashews and crystallized ginger are rich in plant compounds such as flavonoids. These compounds help reduce swelling and pain by inhibiting the activity of certain enzymes called cyclooxygenases.
  5. Treats arthritis: The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has authorized a health claim linking consumption of 3g/day of cashews to reduced risk for osteoarthritis.
  6. Nuts, including macadamia nuts and cashews, contain significant amounts of fibre which helps promote heart health [3]. In addition, recent studies have shown that dietary monounsaturated fatty acids from nuts may lower LDL cholesterol levels.
  7. Weight loss: In a study, women were given either a cashew-containing snack or a non-cashew snack. The group with the cashews reported feeling less hungry after their meal. This may be due to nuts’ high-protein content and ability to make you feel full faster.
  8. Packed with nutrients: Cashews contain many important vitamins and minerals, including healthy doses of dietary fibre, vitamin K, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese and biotin (vitamin B7) which helps maintain healthy hair and skin. One ounce (28g) of unsalted cashews provides 3g of protein. Additionally, they are low in carbohydrates. A 28g serving of cashews contains 15g of total carbohydrate, including 3g of fibre and 9g of sugar.
  9. Saves money: One 28g serving of cashews can cost anywhere from $0.20 to over $10, depending on the brand. This is much cheaper compared to other nuts such as almonds or walnuts which are sold at over twice that price.
  10. Apples are rich in polyphenols – antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress damage to collagen which is a major structural component of connective tissue. Consuming apples may help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve elasticity in your skin. 
  11. Cinnamon powder boosts blood circulation by thinning the blood to allow for better flow through narrow vessels. It also fights harmful microorganisms that can cause serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and arthritis. Cinnamon also helps soothe digestive issues.
  12. Vitamin E: One tablespoon (13g) of apple cider vinegar contains 3.8mg (38%) of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin E. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties which help protect the skin from damage by free radicals which can cause early ageing and wrinkles.
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