Outdoor Cooking Guild – Apples

With apple season still going strong, the Outdoor Cooking Guild has done its first group project of cooking apples outside!


The recipes range from apple crisp to grilled apples, with a couple of dumplings and a pie in between. The other members of the Outdoor Cooking Guild that joined in have their posts here:

And what did I do?  I had a suggestion before of doing dumplings, so I did those, too.

I made a standard pie crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp demerara sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter
  • 1/3 cup ice cold water

Cut the butter into small (pea sized) pieces and place in the freezer to get very cold (10-15 minutes). Mix the dry ingredients and add the butter, mixing with your hands or a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly. Add the water and mix until just blended.

Making Dumplings

I used Winesap apples because 1. I like them and 2. they keep their shape when baked.  I put 4 of them through my handy dandy apple peeler/corer/slicer.  I left them as a spiral cut apple, but had on hand a mix of 1/4 cup flour, a couple tablespoons of Turbinado sugar and a healthy dose of cinnamon.  I put the mixture between th spiral slices of the apples and sprinkled it on the outside, too.

Folding dough over apples

I divided the dough into fourths and rolled out each portion between pieces of waxed paper, then cut squares out of the rolled dough.  I placed the apples in the middle of the slices, added a dollop of butter and closed the square on top of the apple, folding the edges around the apple.  I thought about doing an egg wash, which could easily be done and would brown the crust a bit more, but I decided to try the dumplings with just the crust and a bit of turbinado sugar.

Cinnamon rolls from extra dough

One thing my mom always did when making pies was to take the extra dough, roll it out, add butter, sugar and cinnamon, then roll it up and cut into cinnamon rolls. I did this, too, and added those right with the dumplings, though they do cook faster, so they have to be watched.

Baking on the Bubba Keg

The dumplings baked at 350 for about 35 minutes.  I left the very top open to allow steam to escape, and I put a toothpick down into the apple to make sure the apples were cooked.  And I served the dumplings with a bit of Mayfield vanilla ice cream for a great fall dessert!

Apple Dumplings with Mayfield ice cream

Thanks to the other Outdoor Cooking Guild members that joined in! I’d love to hear what kind of apple dishes you’ve had in your past that make you think “fall”…

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. Hey thanks for starting the group. Yours looks wonderful. Gonna save em. I am trying to find more dessert recipes for the grill, so this was right up my alley.

  2. These are positively gorgeous… and they’re grilled?! :)
    Gas grill, I presume… I’m trying to envision this over charcoal — possible, of course, but tricky?

  3. It’s always good to get new ideas for cooking outside, I think.

    Mine were cooked over charcoal on a Bubba Keg grill. It’s got great fire control which allows for baking pretty easily.

  4. Everyone at work was talking about Cowgirl’s apple dish today when I showed them her blog post. I’m going to give them a go too, but yours look great.

  5. Chris,

    Just about everything Jeanie does looks incredible!

  6. These look delicious Curt, and the cinnamon rolls are such a great way to avoid wasting the left over pastry!

  7. HB, the cinnamon rolls are great… they remind me of my mom making pies, and they use up really great crust by adding the cinnamon and sugar… I have tossed out the extra pie dough before, and I always feel bad when I do!

  8. They do look delicious.

  9. Anne Marie, apple stuff is hard to beat, especially in the fall. I still need to make a pie, though!

  10. Well now, this is something I haven’t tried before, cooking apple dumplings on the grill. They look great and the instructions are easy to follow. And the added touch of the cinnamon rolls, hmm what a treat, and a much better way of using up surplus dough.

  11. Wanda, that’s something my grandma and my mom always did with the extra pie dough… it’s a great way to use it up, and has always been one of my favorite parts of having pie at home.

  12. I have never tried to bake anything on the grill. They look absolutely delicious. The instructions are easy to follow and I like the idea of cinnamon rolls. Two tasty treats at one time! I will definitely put this on my shopping list this week and give it a try.

  13. This looks fantastic! Like many others here I have never really ‘baked’ anything on the grill, (I don’t know if potatoes count or not.) but I simply can not wait to try this. I’m sure this will be a hit for the kids!

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