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Fri, Jul 08 2011 post by Mara

Featured Recipe: Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Pie

Whether camping or cooking in your own back yard, this dutch oven dessert is sure to be a hit. Made quick and easy by using Rhodes AnyTime! Cinnamon Rolls, you'll have this treat whippe...

One of the simple, delicious pleasures of summer (or any time really) is a hearty Dutch oven meal prepared in the great outdoors. Although there are many ways to cook in a Dutch oven, I am going to be cooking with charcoal today. Just the scent of charcoal burning sends aromatic signals of anticipation…you just know that some fabulous dish is close at hand! Today’s recipe is Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Pie made with Rhodes AnyTime!™ Cinnamon Rolls. I love this recipe because it’s easy to prepare and quick to cook. I used 2 bags of AnyTime!™ 9 count Cinnamon Rolls, but you could also used 3 tins of 6 count rolls.

 

Let’s get outdoors…my mouth is watering already!! Here is what you will need:

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

  • 18 Rhodes AnyTime!™ Cinnamon Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Caramel Icing:

  • 2 packets cream cheese frosting (included with rolls)
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping

 

To begin, get your charcoal fired up in a charcoal chimney or some other similar device.

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

Next, prepare your Dutch oven. For the purists, you can oil your oven or spray it with non-stick cooking spray and cook it right in the bare oven, but I prefer to make clean-up a snap and line it with heavy foil and spray the foil with cooking spray. Great for busy folks who would rather have time to play than scrub pots!

 

 

Now let’s chop the apples. If you need to, you can cut them a little ahead of time and put them in a bowl of water to keep them from browning too much.

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Now we’ll cut those delicious-smelling cinnamon rolls into quarters…I’m getting hungry!

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Drain the apples and mix them with brown sugar, crackers crumbs, pecans and cinnamon.

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Place the cut rolls evenly in the bottom of the Dutch oven…

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Cover the rolls with the apple mixture. It should look like this…

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Now just put the lid on and add the white-hot charcoal. We prepared this in a 12” oven, so a good rule of thumb is to use that same amount of coals for both the top and the bottom, but then taking 3 from the bottom and adding them to the top so that the majority of the heat is on top. This works out to be about 350°, which is just perfect. We just placed them evenly, top and bottom, in no particular pattern and it turned out perfectly in about 45 minutes.

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Ok, are you ready for the grand finale? Mix the caramel with the cream cheese frosting…

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

…and pour on the gooey goodness, covering the pie with every precious drop!

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

Now scoop up a big serving for yourself…

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

 

 

…oh mercy, where is my fork!?! This is one of those dishes that will bring choruses of ooohs and ahhhs from all who partake. We served about 20+ people and they all loved it. I hope you’ll give it a try soon!

Enjoy this traditional caramel apple pie on top of an open fire in the great outdoors.

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Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Pie

Servings: | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 20 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 25-30 min

Enjoying the flavor of warm apple pie under the starry night sky is easy when you begin with frozen cinnamon rolls.

Dutch Oven Caramel Apple Pie
4.0 / 5  (25 votes, 9 reviews )

Ingredients

12 Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls or AnyTime!® Cinnamon Rolls, thawed but still cold
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons, chopped pecans

Caramel Icing
2 packets cream cheese frosting (included with rolls)
1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping

Instructions

Cut each roll into 4 pieces and arrange in the bottom of a 12-inch Dutch oven (lined with aluminum foil, if desired) sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover with lid and let rise 1-2 hours (if using Anytime rolls you do not need to let them rise).

In a bowl combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cracker crumbs and pecans. Remove lid and sprinkle evenly over cut rolls.

Cover with lid and bake at 350°F 25-30 minutes.

For icing combine cream cheese frosting with caramel topping. Drizzle over pie while still warm.
Dutch Oven Temperature Control using Briquets:
350°F in a 12-inch Dutch oven, oven top 16, oven bottom 10

9 Comments

monir said on Jul 08, 2011
looks and tastes delicious thank you for posting
Cathy said on Jul 09, 2011
This recipe looks absolutely delicious!! Will this recipe work by baking it in a glass dish in a 350 degree oven instead of using the dutch oven and coals?
Cathy said on Jul 11, 2011
Thank you so much, Stacie!! Now I really can't wait to try this...YUM!!!
Stacie said on Jul 11, 2011
It would absolutely work that way Cathy!
Gretta said on Sep 30, 2011
I baked in a 9x13 pan covered with foil, apples were still raw and wasn't sure if dough was done after 45 min. Was it just me?
Rochelle said on Jun 22, 2013
How many does this serve? I need only 4 servings and have a 10" oven. Could I just cut the recipe in half and expect the same results? Should I reduce the number of briquettes?
Peyton said on Apr 15, 2016
Ok, that looks delicious and is so simple.
KH said on Jun 19, 2016
Two recipes are posted in this post. Some measurements are the same, others are not. Can you please clarify? Thx.
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