Monday, November 29, 2010

Peach Cobbler

Rating: *** (and a half)

* 6 jumbo cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup; drain only 3 cans
* 2 boxes of white or vanilla cake mix
* 1 stick of butter

How to make it
* A cast Iron dutch oven is ESSENTIAL for this recipe, nothing else works.
* Layer 1: Drain 3 cans of peaches and put in cast iron dutch oven
* Add 3 more cans of peaches, do not drain liquid, to the dutch oven
* Layer 2: Pour both boxes of cake mix over the top of peaches (do not stir)
* Layer 3: Slice up one stick of butter into little pats and drop all over the top of cake mix
* Put the lid on the dutch oven and put in the campfire, near hot coals, not on the hot coals.
* Place hot coals on top of the dutch oven lid. VERY IMPORTANT.
* In about 20 minutes, give the dutch oven a 180 degree turn, to insure an even bake.
* In about 20 more minutes, check under the lid.
* Dessert is finished when peaches are soft and caramelized, juice will really thicken, you will have a hot, bubbly , golden brown, topping.
* Don't let the dutch oven turn all glowing red, it'll burn

Surprisingly, for a first time Dutch oven users, the peach cobbler turned out great! Right off the start we ran into a small problem. The cobbler did not all fit into one 12' Dutch oven. We could fit in all the peaches but we could not fit in the cake mix on top. After splitting the cobbler into 2 Dutch ovens we were all set to start cooking. The preparing itself only took about 10 minutes. We now had 2 Dutch ovens to look after so we stacked them, coals on the bottom, in the middle and on top. This worked out well for us. Once the cobbler was done we looked at it and my first thought was "wow looks like baby mush." Despite the look it smelled amazing! When it cooled down and solidified that is when it looked good too. Our peach cobbler turned out great; it was delicious warm and cold. I defiantly recommend this recipe for anyone with a Dutch oven looking for a yummy camping trip dessert.

1 comment:

  1. This recipe was excellent, both warm (fresh) and cold the next morning.

    Great job girls.