25 July 2010

Surprise Pear

We have a pear tree on our urban apartment deck. We bought it with wedding present money. And we love it all the same, even if it's never beared fruit. One day, we thought, when we have a yard, we'll plant it with a another one so they can pollinate their little hearts out.

Surprise! After more than 8 years, our tree is sporting its first pear! Just like that. I think someone's been up to some funny business behind our backs.

13 July 2010

Dutch Oven Apple Crisp


9 large apples; peeled, cored, and sliced
1 lemon juice
2 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
3/4 t. salt

Mix, cover and set aside 1 hour.

1 C. flour
1 C. old fashioned oats
1 C. brown sugar; packed
3/4 C. walnuts, chopped
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 C. + 2 T. butter

Medium mixing bowl. Combine topping ingredients except butter. Cut butter into small pieces. Add to other ingredients. Use fingers to work into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form.

Place on 10-12 hot briquettes and put 18-20 on top. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown on top and bubbly. Rotate the base and the lid 1/4 turn in opposite directions every 15 minutes.

Serve with caramel sauce and/or cream.

07 July 2010

Outdoor Oatmeal Brulée

Oh that heavenly crunchy-crispy-sugary crust on a crème brulée brought to you in a breakfast form? That's right. We packed the kitchen torch on our last camping trip and made oatmeal brulée for breakfast. It turned out to be a comforting meal on a sprinkling, chilly morning.

06 July 2010

See you at ohdeedoh.com too!

So, did I mention that I am officially a part-time contributor at ohdeedoh! My first post as a team member just went up ... in case you are interested in some ideas for yummy campfire desserts.