A dutch oven recipe success

The other night I made what has been the most tasty treat baked in my dutch oven yet. My wife is a fan of the dessert pizza usually available at the lunch buffet at Pizza Hut. Lately I’ve been making pizza for dinner using our local grocery store’s ready made pizza dough, and I had a nice sized chunk of dough left over and thought I would try to make a dessert pizza.

I researched a couple web sites looking at how others have made pizza in a dutch oven, and others how they made a similar dessert pizza. I bought a can of apple pie filling, and whipped up a cumble topping and gave it a try. What I ended up with was extremely tasty and probably very unhealthy, but you can’t win ’em all.

Here was my recipe:

Using a 10″ dutch oven.

Ready made pizza dough. (about the size of a Big-mac)
1 Can apple pie filling (probably need around 16 oz, my can was 20 oz)
1 Stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats (or quick oats)
1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat)
1/2 tsp cinammon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Butter Crisco (to grease dutch oven)
Vegetable oil

First, get the charcoal going. I used around 30 briquettes in my handy charcoal chimney.

I greased the dutch oven with butter flavored Crisco. Next, I took my pizza dough and lined the bottom of the dutch oven creating a crust around the edges. I then used a fork to poke a bunch of holes across the bottom to keep it from bubbling up (it still did somewhat). I then brushed the dough lightly with vegetable oil to help it brown up.

I then whipped up the crumble topping by mixing the the brown sugar, flour, and oats and then cutting in the stick of butter.

Next, I put the lid on and took it outside with the charcoal. 20 briquettes on top and 10 on the bottom. I pre-baked the dough for just under four minutes.

Leaving the coals on top, I set the top to the side and dumped about 2/3 of the can of apple filling onto the dough that was starting to bubble up. I then dumped enough of the crumble mix to generously cover the top. I put the lid back on and let it cook for 10 more minutes. The crust was starting to brown up when I checked on it and I brought the dutch oven inside and carefully extracted the pizza with a spatula.

My wife made a powered sugar glaze and we drizzled that over the top. It was definitely the best dessert I’ve made in the dutch oven thus far.

Dessert Pizza

Manual Coffee Grinder

My coffee grinder is pretty sweet. I have Cuisinart automatic burr grinder. It definitely gets the job done, and done well.

I have had a couple situations though where I was curious if there were manual grinders still being sold. Well, I took a look and stumble onto the Camano Coffee Mill. It is a fully adjustable manual burr grinder. I am now intrigued with the idea of buying one of these.

So far here are my reasons for wanting a manual grinder…
1. On a camping trip with no electricity available, I could still fresh grind beans.
2. On a Saturday morning when I am trying not to wake up everyone in my house, I could quietly grind some beans.
3. At work, I may have a hard time justifying running a grinder in the office, but I don’t think anyone would argue with a manual grinder. (or notice).

Anyways, I continue to take a deeper path down the road of coffee snobbery, but this looks like a fun gadget to have on hand. It seems a little pricey, but on the other hand it looks like it is made out of steel and cast iron and is handmade. So this thing would probably last my lifetime.

Anyways, check ’em out and join me along the path to better coffee.

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  • First Trout of 2009

    Trout season opened in Michigan back on April 25 this year, so 77 days later I caught my first trout. The best part is I forgot my camera. I hate reports with no pictures. Oh well.

    A thunderstorm rolled through this morning around 7:30am, and I actually got to sleep in today until around 9am. So, by the time I woke up the storm had passed, and I checked the USGS streamflow web site to see how the local trout stream was doing. Unfortunately the site was last updated at 7am, and I wasn’t getting any any new readings. With my daughter at my in-laws house, I decided this was too good an opportunity to pass up. I headed out to the creek.

    I decided to try a location about half-way up from the confluence with the main river. I got there and the water looked great, so I guess the storm had not taken a great toll on the stream. I fished with BWO upstream, and a pink-squirrel back down stream. I got out and took the main trail down to a foot-bridge and fished down stream with a BHE nymph, and than back up with an adams dry. Not even a creek chub was interested in my offerings.

    So, I hopped back in the trusty van and headed way upstream to a favorite location. I still had the adams on, and when I got to an access point, I was greatly disappointed. The stream had totally changed character. It was slightly up, running and fast, and with a stain. I got my adams stuck in a tree, and decided I wasn’t going to catch anything on a dry fly with the creek looking this way anyways. I swapped in a black woolly-bugger and tossed it into the first pool I came to, and instantly had a fish on.

    I had an 8″ brown trout come to hand shortly, and admired the fire red spots before releasing it back into the fast moving creek. This is my first brown trout I’ve caught out of this water, and the first trout I’ve caught this year. I fished down through the rest of the creek until the next bridge, and found one really nice hole. I had switched between the black bugger, a nymph, and back to the bugger. I had a fish on once, and it got loose. The best was when I was stripping the bugger back, I had a fish break the surface trying to get it. Either it was a really small brown that couldn’t fit the bugger in it’s mouth, or a decent brown that was too smart…

    I am heading up north sometime before the trout season closes, so maybe I’ll get another chance at a trout. However, this was a fun time spent on the creek this morning.

    Quick fishing

    Got to go fishing for about an hour last night. Went to the homewaters, and they were already closing the gates to where I usually park. I found another spot to park in, and got geared up.

    Walked down to the river, and it looked amazing. Water was about as clear as I’ve seen it in a long time. I waded down and back, but only caught a few blue gills. Nothing big this time…..