Wow, it has been quite awhile since I have last posted. My apologies for that. About two weeks ago I was on vacation so no cooking that week and it has been a struggle to get back into the swing of things in the last two weeks. We’ve cooked but we’ve been so busy we haven’t really cooked where I would want to post it. And, since I’m sitting in an airport right now, there won’t be much cooking (none actually) the rest of this week. Maybe next week.
But, this past weekend we were camping and a staple of camping is making a cobbler of some sort in a Dutch oven. It’s what I grew up doing and is actually pretty simple to accomplish. I won’t get into too many details on using a Dutch oven but you can do anything in it you would do in a regular oven. Pretty cool actually.
So, a cobbler or “dump cake” as I heard it described last week, involves canned pie filling, cake mix and either butter or some soda. That’s it.
Line a Dutch oven with foil (optional but make cleaning it SO much easier). Pour pie filling of choice into the bottom. Usually it is two 20 oz cans. Spread out so it is even. Sprinkle the dry cake mix on to so it covers it evenly. Then, either place small butter cubes all over the top (one stick should do it) or pour a small amount of soda (usually Sprite) on top. Bake with coals on the bottom and top (using the proper amount to equate a 350 degree oven). Each charcoal briquette equals 25 degrees.
We let this one go for about 25 minutes. We checked it at 20 and went with another 5 minutes. There were a few small areas of dry cake mix still but once it was mixed in (when you took a scoop to serve it) it didn’t seem to matter.
The beauty of it is the cake mix soaks up some of the juice from the pie filling and from the butter/soda you put on top. It’s pretty slick when you consider how you normally make a cake (eggs, water, oil).
This one, dubbed “Froot Beer” contained –
2 20 oz cans of apple pie filling
1 spice cake mix
1 8 oz can of regular root beer (diet doesn’t work)
Follow the directions outline above and enjoy!