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

A new hobby – Dutch Oven Cooking and a table too!

I like the outdoors. I like cooking. Today they were joined in a new way. Last week I purchased a dutch oven with my birthday money, and today was my first foray into cooking with my new cast iron cookware.

I did some research on the Internet over the past week and determined I should piece together a dutch oven table to make cooking easier. I saw dutch oven tables being sold for around $100, but after doing some research found some make shift tables for much cheaper, and came up with my own idea.

table

I used two old saw horses, and bought a couple of galvanized pipes from home dept for around $6. I then went to Tractor Supply Company and bought two heavy duty feed pans for under $4 each. While I was there I picked up a pair of welding gloves, and a steel crow bar to use to lift the top of the dutch oven. All said and done I invested around $30.

Next I picked up some charcoal and a charcoal starter. Another $10. Well, I bought this “cowboy” charcoal not realizing that it was not briquettes, but rather chunks of wood. It worked, but made it hard to evenly distribute the heat.

I decided to make the “lazy cobbler” recipe that was in the cookbook that came with the dutch oven. Basically you dump a couple cans of peach cobbler, a yellow cake mix, and top it off with some butter. I had some trouble keeping my coals hot, and ended up putting more coals onto the fire. I put too many and it actually started boiling the peach juice. So, in the end I threw all the caols on top to try and brown the top of the cobbler.

cooking

The end result was actually really good. Jen and I had two helpings, with plenty of vanilla ice cream on top. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to do some camping and I can make up some good dinners in my dutch oven.

cobbler