Dutch oven desserts are one of my favorite dutch oven dishes and are also one of the easiest dishes to cook in your dutch oven. There are many dutch oven desserts, but here are three Dutch oven desserts that are especially easy.
Dutch Oven Dessert - Cherry Cobbler2 30 oz cans of cherry filling 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 2 cups oatmeal 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1 cup butter 1 tsp vanilla
To help with cleanup afterwards, the first thing you'll want to do is to take some heavy duty foil and line your Dutch oven with it. Take the cans of cherry filling and pour into the Dutch oven, spreading the filling all over the bottom. Mix the flour, oatmeal, sugar, and pecans in a bowl. Add the vanilla. Cut up the butter into 1 tbsp pieces and mix into the flour and sugar mixture. A pastry cutter work well. Spread the topping on top of the cherries.
This is a very simple, but delicious Dutch oven dessert that you and your guests will love!
Dutch Oven Dessert - Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Put the Dutch oven lid and and use 10 briquettes on the bottom, 16 on the top. Bake the cobbler for 45 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes. At 45 minutes, check to see if the crust has browned and if the cherry filling is bubbling. If so, then it is cooked and you are ready to serve! This is delicious with ice cream or even whipped cream.1 box yellow cake mix 3 eggs 1/3 cup oil 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 can sliced pineapple rings (you'll need about 8 slices. Save the pineapple juice) 10 maraschino cherries
Start by preheating your Dutch oven. Use about 10 coals underneath and 16 on top.
Put the cake mix, oil, eggs, water, and juice from the pineapple in a bowl and mix, stirring until all of the lumps are gone. Melt th 1/4 cup of butter in the dutch oven. Add the brown sugar. Stir in with the butter until it is dissolved. Add the pineapple rings, spacing evenly along the bottom of the Dutch oven. Usually I put 7 around the outside, and 1 in the middle. Put 1 maraschino cherry into the middle of each pineapple ring. Pour the cake batter mix over the rings in the Dutch oven. Put the dutch oven lid on and back for about 30 minutes. Check to make sure the cake is done (toothpick comes out clean). The cake may shrink a little when it is done, but that's ok, because it will help you remove the cake upside down! When the cake is done, done, take the lid off and turn the Dutch oven over onto a plate or other serving dish.
A Pineapple Upside-down cake is one of the classic, favorite easy Dutch oven desserts.
Dutch Oven Dessert - Chocolate Turtle Cake1 pkg German Chocolate Cake mix
1 1/3 c. water 1/2 c. vegetable oil 3 large eggs 1 package caramels (14 oz) 1/2 c. evaporated low fat milk 1 cup minced pecans 1 (6 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 c.)
Line your Dutch oven with heavy foil, or use some strips of parchment paper that you lay across the bottom of the dutch oven, and up opposite sides (use 5-6 strips, spacing them around the dutch oven). This will help you remove the cake when it is done. Make the cake, using the mix, water, oil, and the eggs. Pour half of the batter in the Dutch oven and then cook over coals, with the lid on, until done, about 15-20 minutes (check to make sure it's done--toothpick comes out clean). While the cake is cooking, heat the caramels and evaporated milk in a sauce pan and melt. You can do this on the fire. When the first layer of cake is done, pour and spread the caramel mix over the warm cake in the dutch oven. Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips over the mixture and then spread the remaining cake batter on top of that. Cover with the lid, add 12 coals on top of the lid. Cook until done, about 15 minutes. This tastes great warm (with ice cream, it would be great!) but helps if you let it cool completely before you serve.
Just a hint for cooking the cake in a dutch oven. Use a pie tin in the bottom below the tin foil. Underneath the pie tin, put either a dutch oven trivet, or some small stones. This will keep the cake off the bottom of the dutch oven and make it MUCH less likely to burn! This will only work if you are putting foil in the bottom, otherwise the cake batter will spill over the sides of the pie tin.
These are some great dutch oven recipes. Give them a try!
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