Teaching Cooking

I have taught basic cooking to my seven children and to classes of elementary children. When my youngest daughter wanted to learn, I found that taking the recipes and making them into a step-by-step format made it easier for her, so here is a blog to hopefully make cooking easier for the beginner.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dutch Oven Fruit Cobbler

Dutch Oven desserts are fun for our family outings.  This recipe is for a generic fruit cobbler with variations for different fruit.

Dutch Oven Fruit Cobbler

If you are using bottled fruit, pour the fruit into the bottom of the dutch oven.  If there is a lot of syrup on the fruit, pour a little off before you put it in.  (I like to use an aluminum liner for easier clean-up)

If you are using fresh fruit, such as: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries (or mix them all!) then put the berries in the bottom of the liner.  Sprinkle a little sugar over the top of the berries (approximately 1/3 cup for a 12 inch dutch oven).

After the fruit is in, sprinkle a box of cake mix over the top.  Lightly spread it around so it seems even.

Some of the combinations that I have used are:
          pears with spice cake mix
          peach, apple pie, berries with yellow, white or lemon.
          some people like chocolate and fruit together (not me) and that is a possibility also.

Pears are also good if you use nutmeg sprinkled over them before you add the cake mix.

On top of the cake mix, pour a 12 oz can of pop.  I usually use Sprite, but root beer gives a great flavor and if you like coke, some people have used that, but I don't.

Melt 1/2 cup of butter and pour that over the top.

Put the lid on your dutch oven and put 12-15 charcoal underneath and 15-20 on top.  If it is windy or cold, you will need the higher amount.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  When it is golden on top, it is done!

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