Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls - Dutch Oven Assignment - Alex Dupuis and Dominic Peters

Rating: ****


Ingredients (with modifications):

·         1 cup of warm milk (110 degrees Fahrenheit)

·         2 eggs

·         1/3 cup margarine, melted

·         4 ½ cups bread flour

·         1 teaspoon of salt

·         ½ cup of white sugar

·         2 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast

·         1 cup brown sugar, packed

·         2 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon

·         1/3 cup butter, softened

·         Cream cheese flavored frosting

Directions (with modifications):

Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press start. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover it and let rest for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl and combine it with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough into a 16X21-inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up the dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls on plate. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes. Start a fire and place 30 coals in. Wait until they turn to the color white and then put out the fire.

Place your rolls into the Dutch oven. Evenly distribute the coals to the top and bottom of the Dutch oven. Place tin foil on the top of the Dutch oven and coals, and wrap it slightly around the sides. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes, then place your remaining rolls inside for another 10-15 minutes. Lightly glaze the cream cheese frosting on top of the cinnamon rolls.


·         Do your best to ensure there are as many coals on the top as there are on the bottom. In our experience, we did not evenly distribute the coals, and although the top of them looked perfect, the bottom was burnt.

·         Do not place too many cinnamon rolls in the Dutch oven at once because they will double or triple in size.


This recipe was easy to follow and is recommended for anyone who has limited cooking experience. The dough for this recipe had to be formed before class due to the amount of time it takes, but once class began, the rest of the directions went by swiftly. Although this recipe feeds 12 people, everyone was able to have half of one. They were delicious!

Friday, May 30, 2014

S'mores Brownies - Jack Guthrie and Jeremy Campbell

S'mores Brownies - ****


1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans (I left these out)
1 cup mini marshmallows (I used 2 cups)
1 cup chopped peanut butter cups (I used 2 cups)


In a bowl, whisk butter and cocoa together. Add eggs one at a time, whisking between each. Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and flour. Pour into Dutch Oven sprayed with non-stick spray containing flour (I just coated mine with vegetable oil and didn't have any problems, you could also line your oven with foil). Sprinkle pecans over the top. bake at 400 degrees using 18 coals on the bottom and 12 on the top. Bake 12 minutes and then remove heat from the bottom, but continue baking with top heat 15-20 minutes longer. Remove lid and sprinkle with marshmallows and peanut butter cups. Replace lid and remove all coals. Let sit 5-10 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.

*Hint: Closer to 20 minutes for the second part, especially if coals have lost a lot of heat.

Coming into our Dutch oven assignment, we felt very 

confident in the recipe we had, and felt we would be able to execute it very well. We divided up the list evenly, and met at the school the next day, eager to create a masterpiece. We suffered a scare quite early on, as we had trouble just getting a basic fire going. However once we got past that stage, we were able to get things running smoother. We had one of us mixing together ingredients while the other heated up the coals. Once all 30 coals were prepped, we began baking. The baking is very nerve-wracking, as you can’t see what’s happening to your food, so when you take off the lid, it’s a mystery. Thankfully, ours turned out great! Due to our delayed start, we were forced to go into for lunch baking, but we weren’t to upset about it, as we, along with the others who stayed with us were able to have some more. It seemed everyone was very impressed with what we had created, including ourselves. It served as a great dessert after our lunches! This is a great recipe, and as long as you know how to start a fire, I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a tasty Dutch oven treat!


"Dutch Oven Madness!." Day 5: S'mores Brownies. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.