This tasty dutch oven fruit cobbler recipe is easy to make at the campground and is from the Mad Chef of the Forest. It should be baked in a #10 dutch oven. The ingredients are recommended to create your own variation and a tasty camping dessert. This cobbler recipe is best with fresh seasonal fruits, but canned fruit can be substituted for an easy variation.
From the Mad Chef of the Forest: "My favorite fruit combo is peach-strawberry, but there are endless fruit combinations or just one fruit can be used. Apple is the best single fruit cobbler.
"Fruit cobbler is best served hot out of the oven with vanilla ice cream on top, but for camping purposes, I use whipped cream (from the can) on each individual serving."
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Get the Coals Hot: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
- fresh seasonal fruit, or canned fruit for an easy variation
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- milk, water, or powdered milk
- vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream
- Cut up fruit into 1-inch or larger pieces.
- Add brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and little vanilla extract to the cut fruit and mix.
- Sautee fruit mixture in the dutch oven on low heat for a few minutes while leaving the dutch oven lid off.
- Using a big fork, mix the fruit cobbler's top crust in a bowl. Bisquick and milk is recommended. If you are cooking out of an ice chest or have limited refrigerator space, use powdered milk and water instead of whole milk. "Milkman" brand is the best powdered milk. Adjust the amount of water or milk depending on how juicy the fruit mixture is. Add less water if the fruit is really juicy and add more water wetter if fruit is dry.
- Plop globs of crust material (kind of like dumplings) onto fruit using the fork and a rubber spatula. Be sure to not add too much crust or it will overwhelm the fruit and soak up all the juice. The crust will rise and expand later during baking.
- Place the dutch oven lid on with top-coals and bake until crust is crispy and golden brown. If the fruit mixture is dry, remove the dutch oven from the bottom coals.
- Serve fruit cobbler hot, right out of the dutch oven.
- Top each individual serving with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Fruit Cobbler Dutch Oven Variation: An easy variation to this recipe is "cowboy" cobbler. Pour a few cans of sliced peaches including the juice and syrup into the lightly buttered oven. Sprinkle the top with dry yellow cake mix and bake until golden brown.
About the Chef: Bob Sollima, "The Mad Chef of the Forrest" has been dutch oven baking for almost 40 years, 26 years of which he spent living in the backcountry. Sollima has camped extensively the past two summers and has cooked dutch oven goodies for various celebrities in the backcountry.
"You really have to camp for a spell to appreciate the wonders of the dutch oven. Anything you can bake in your conventional oven at home, you can bake in a dutch oven, and most of the time it tastes better in the dutch oven. Maybe it's the great outdoors or more likely, the sealed-in blended flavors one gets from the dutch oven by the campfire." ~ The Mad Chef of the Forest
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