Let’s face it: No meal is truly complete without dessert. Even (or maybe especially) when you’re camping. This classic fruit pie is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth after a long day of hiking—and put a smile on your friends’ faces.
Plus, we promise making pie crust really isn’t that difficult. Check out this recipe from NOLS Cookery and make sure to pack some extra dried fruit and baking supplies on your next trip!
Watch: How to Make a Backcountry Pie
Ingredients for Crust
- 4 tbs. butter
- ⅔ to 1 cup flour
- 2 tbs. brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. salt
Ingredients for Filling
- 1½ cups dried fruit
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbs. butter
- Pinch of salt
- ½ to ⅔ cup of sugar (to taste, also depends on fruit used)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon or nutmeg
- 2 to 3 tbs. flour
- ½ cup chopped nuts (if desired)
- Granola or Grape Nuts for garnish
Note: Serves 4 from a 12" pan.
1. Make the crust: Start by melting the butter. Mix in other ingredients until the crust is the consistency of a graham cracker crust—not greasy, but a bit dry. Pat into bottom of a frying pan and bake 5–10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.
2. Make the filling: Simmer fruit in water until hydrated. Drain off all juice except ½ cup. Save drained juice. Add butter, salt, sugar, and spice to fruit. Stir well. In a separate bowl, mix flour with drained-off juice (about ⅓ cup) and stir into fruit. Add nuts, if desired. Simmer, stirring often, until thickened.
3. Put it all together: Pour thickened filling into baked crust and allow to set. Garnish with granola or Grape Nuts.
- This recipe can also be made with fresh fruit or berries. Just increase the amount of fruit and decrease the water; adjust with a thickener.
- Try making a pie with a rolled crust. (If you need a refresher, take a look at our Quiche Moraine recipe in NOLS Cookery.)
Brooke is a runner and writer who enjoys finding adventure in the everyday. True to her island roots, she loves sunshine, that salty ocean smell, and the sound of waves against the shore.