Camp Fire Recipe: Fresh Peach Dumplings

Nothing beats camping and a freshly made dessert with homegrown ingredients.  This is what I found when I was camping in Georgia during the peach season.  Oh, I can tell you I had splurged on peaches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but we all know that the meal is not complete without a dessert.  While I did not want to get into the arena of a pie, I felt the dumplings would create the chewiness of a crust without the trouble.  Below is a simple recipe for peach dumplings that will make you want more.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Fresh Peach Dumplings

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

8 ounce package of pop and bake crescent rolls

¼ cup of firmly packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon flour

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 fresh peaches, washed

8 nut halves, variety your choice

Small amount of milk or real dairy cream

Granulated sugar

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Steps

  1. Build your fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Using a 12 inch Dutch oven, grease the inside with spray or liquid oil.
  3. Take the washed peaches, peel and half them.  Set the peaches aside.
  4. Pop open and unroll the crescent rolls.  Divide the crescent rolls into 4 squares.
  5. Seal the seams between the crescent rolls.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and ground cinnamon.  Stir to mix.
  7. Take each “half” of the peaches and roll in the mixture from step 6.
  8. Using your “nutmeat” of choice, place 1 half of the nut in the indentation where the pit was located on each peach.  Repeat until all peaches are used.
  9. Pair up the peach halves and place on crescent roll squares.
  10. Bring the corners up around each peach and seal the edges.
  11. Brush the “peach dumpling” with a little mix from step 6 and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  12. Place the prepared dumpling in a greased, 12 inch Dutch oven.
  13. Repeat with will all the dumplings and then top with lid.
  14. Move the 12 inch Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  15. Arrange 12 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  16. Add 24 prepared coals to the lid.
  17. Cook for 18 to 24 minutes.
  18. Once done, knock off the coals from the lid and move the Dutch oven off the coals.
  19. Serve.

While this dish is just fine the way it is, a little bit of milk or cream poured over the top really sets the dessert off.

If you do not like peaches, utilize stone fruits except cherries.

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