The boy and I joined his parents camping recently so I decided to tackle a dutch oven cobbler. I sported my most glamping-styled outfit of these crops, a flannel and white vans and baked over an open flame in the majestic Copper Basin. Yes, you can call me the next Pioneer Woman.
I proudly crossed making a dutch oven meal off my bucket list with this cobbler. For those of you unfamiliar with pioneer ways, a dutch oven is typically a thick cast-iron cooking pot with a tight fitting lid. You can make anything for enchiladas to desserts in them and they serve as the perfect camping kitchen accessory. Think the crockpot of camping. Prior to returning to civilization, I was briefly inspired to make all of my meals in a dutch oven. It’s that easy with relatively little or no measuring required!
- cake mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix)
- 1 can of a carbonated drink (I used Blood Orange San Pellegrino)
- fruit (~6 cups, I used fresh berries)
- butter (~3 tablespoons)
- sugar for dusting (~3 tablespoons)
- Fire up your campfire and toss in some coals until they are white and very hot. Make sure you have enough coals to cover the top of the dutch oven for even cooking.
- Grease clean dutch oven pot.
- Layer the bottom of the dutch oven pot with fruit of choice. I used about 6 cups of fresh raspberries and blackberries.
- Pour about half of the cake mix into a small bowl. Mix with about one cup of the soda until the consistency is a bit thicker than a normal cake batter. Add mix or soda as needed until you have enough batter to cover all of the fruit.
- Cover the fruit with the mixed batter.
- Slice a stick of butter and place butter slabs evenly on top of batter. I eye balled it but would say I used about 3 tablespoons of butter.
- Sprinkle granulated or brown sugar on top of batter.
- Place lid securely on dutch oven.
- Place dutch oven on hot coals. Carefully place as many hot coals as you can fit on the lid of the dutch oven.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until sweet smells begin wafting from the fire.
- Remove coals, remove lid and serve!