Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Peach Cobbler Dutch Oven - Fail

                                                              Dutch Oven - Peach Cobbler 
                                                                      Mackenzie Burns 

                                                                            Rating: N/A 

2 29 oz. cans peaches
1 Stick butter
2 c Flour
2 c Sugar
2 ts Vanilla
2 ts Baking powder
1/8 ts Salt
2 c Milk

In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt). In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over coals. To the dry ingredients, add the milk and vanilla. Whisk well to combine. Pour the batter into the Dutch oven with the melted butter. Pour in the peaches on top. Cover with lid and place coals on top. Cook for 20-30 minutes over the coals, checking often. 

        What happens when you try to make the teachers favorite dessert? You end up with a repulsive, gooey, liquidy clump of "cake" with peaches on top... This peach cobbler did not end up anything like I expected. 

      I followed the directions exactly as they said. As I started to make the mixture to put into the dutch oven, I noticed that it was way too liquidy to be able to bake. I had to find some extra flour to mix in to make it a little bit thicker. I feel like this recipe would have been fine if it called for one cup of milk as oppose to two cups. The recipe also called for a full stick of butter...Repulsive right? Yup. Once the whole stick melted I noticed that there was way too much in the bottom of the dutch oven compared to the amount of mix I had to put in. I took out about half the amount of butter and it was still way too much. It suggested that the peach cobbler be baked for around 20-30 minutes. After thirty minutes I checked on it and it was still liquid so I left it for another half hour. You could tell that the bottom was cooking but there was nothing going on on top, the peaches and all the liquid in the middle was like boiling like water. It smelt good for a little bit until I took it off the coals and opened it up. It smelt disgusting and there was no way I was taste testing it. I knew that it had failed. 

I am glad I tried to make it from scratch instead of just use a box of white cake but am pretty disappointed that it didn't work. If I was to try this again I would use a different recipe for sure. The recipe guided me the wrong way with the wrong measurements. 

"Dutch Oven Cobblers and Desserts." Everything Dutch Ovens. Web. 11 June 2014. <>.

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