Everyone who likes apple cobbler in a dutch oven will appreciate this recipe, especially if you're planning a camping trip with your friends and family. You might worry that preparing this meal will take a lot of time and work, which will ruin your camping experience, but did you know that it is relatively simple to prepare, especially if you have all of the other ingredients ready at home before you start?
But of course, you could also make and have this at home if you want to stay and cuddle your favorite pillow while watching your favorite tv series! This article will provide you with everything you need to know to make your own homemade apple cobbler, whether to enjoy it by yourself or to share it with all your loved ones.
What is Apple Cobbler?
Cobblers originated in England and were called "cobblers" because the rough, lumpy topping resembled a cobbler's apron. Some believe that the word "cobble" was used to describe how food was thrown together to feed large numbers of people. The name may also have come from the English dialect word "cobbler," meaning "wooden bowl."
Cobblers are a particular type of American dessert prepared with a coarse, restrained cake or biscuit-like crust on top of the fruit, which is usually at the bottom of a pie dish. The most popular fruits used to make cobblers are cherries, blackberries, peaches, and mixed berries. Apple cobbler can be either made with fresh apples or canned apple pie filling.
The crust is made from flour, sugar, butter, and milk. This mixture is dropped on top of the fruit filling by spoonfuls, which gives it its unique cobbled look. Cinnamon and nutmeg are often added to provide added flavor to this dessert.
Apple cobbler is similar to another fruit-based dessert called apple crumble. The main difference between the two lies in their crusts. Cobblers have a biscuit-like crust (hence their name), while crumbles have a streusel-like crust. Cobblers usually use bisquick or self-rising flour, while crumbles use all-purpose or whole wheat flour and add oats to create a crumbly topping. You can also add nuts or spices to either one to change the flavors.
When it comes to serving these two easy desserts, cobblers can be served warm or cold, while crumbles are best served warm with ice cream or whipped cream on top.
Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler Recipe
Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler preparation time for all the ingredients needed will only take around twenty minutes and forty minutes for baking. But first, you need to make sure that the tools you need to make the recipe is available and ready.
Equipment you will need
The 5-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is essential for making a dutch oven apple cobbler, of course—there are different sizes of this equipment. Initially, the recipe was made for a ten-inches dutch oven, you could use the twelve-inch, but we will suggest that you increase the ingredients by 1.5 x 2X.
The Chimney Starter
This is needed to prepare your charcoal more efficiently. It is also easy to pack and store when you go camping.
It is a big help when checking the cobbler. It is safer and easier to use, and it will also be alternative equipment such as a pot stand.
This is a necessary equipment to bring or use whenever you make a dutch oven apple cobbler. It will make the apple slicing easier and faster.
Knife and Cutting Board
You need these two tools to cut the apples.
Preparing the Apple Cobbler
You might begin preparing the apple cobbler at home to prevent wasting any time in the kitchen. Combining the dry ingredients the night before you plan to make it is preferable.
Start mixing the flour and the baking powder with the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Put all of the dry ingredients. In a resealable container and shake it.
Now, if you are on a campsite, it’s better to start the fire for the charcoal before you begin making the dutch oven apple cobbler. This process will save you time.
When all is ready, you can now start peeling off the apples that you will use for the cobbler. You could use four apples or more; it depends on you. After peeling the apples, slice them into wedges.
Then, prepare your batter ahead of time. Mix the white sugar, brown sugar, butter, salt, flour, baking powder, and milk.
- Apples, four to five pieces – sliced into wedges.
- Cinnamon, two tablespoons of it
- One-fourth cup of white sugar and one-half cup of brown sugar
- A half-cup of softened butter
- Salt (⅛ teaspoon), flour (one cup), baking powder (one teaspoon), & cornstarch (one tablespoon)
- Milk, three-fourth cup
- Boiling water, ¼ cup of it
How to make Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler
- You'll need a 375-degree preheated oven for this recipe.
- In a dutch oven, line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Arrange the apples you sliced beforehand on the top of the parchment paper.
- Get the cinnamon and sprinkle it all over the sliced apples.
- With the batter you made beforehand, spread it over the apples.
- Using a different bowl, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
- After mixing them, sprinkle them as well on top of the apples.
- With boiling water, pour all of it onto the sugar. It’s the magical topping. Make sure that all sugar is covered and coated.
- Bake your apple cobbler in the dutch oven for about forty minutes a 375 degrees or up until you can see the topping is cooked.
You could check it like how you check on a cake, get a toothpick, and poke the center of the apple cobbler. It should look golden and will come out clean.
Once your dutch oven apple cobbler is cooked and done baking, you can now serve and enjoy it with your friends and family, either in the comfort of your home or enjoying the view from a campsite.
You might not know this, but you could also use vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as an additional topping!
If you eat it at home and have some leftovers, you can refrigerate them in a glass, air-tight container and reheat them in a microwave for about thirty to forty seconds.
One serving of a dutch oven apple cobbler has the following nutrients:
- five hundred thirty-seven calories, seventeen grams of fat which is equivalent to ten grams of saturated fat
- eighty-seven milligrams of cholesterol
- three hundred fifty-four milligrams of sodium,
- Ninety-three grams of carbohydrate, which is equivalent to sixty-four grams of sugar and three grams of fiber
- five grams of protein.
It still depends on how much serving you could eat on one seating, but it's always recommended to follow what is on your diet plan or what is only advisable for you to have.
I know that a dutch oven apple cobbler could ruin a diet with its savory topping and delicious smell when freshly baked, but a well-balanced diet means a healthy body and longer life to enjoy more of this mouth-savoring dessert.
Other Alternatives to Apple
There are times that unexpected things are bound to happen, and one of them is when you find out you don’t have any more apples available. Now, what could be the other fruit alternative that you could use? Or possibly, you just simply want to use other fruits for a change. Don’t fret because here are some fruits that you could use as an alternative:
- Pears and Peaches are suitable substitutes for apples, especially if you will use them for cooked recipes such as poached fruit, pancakes, etc.
- Papaya has nutrients similar to apples, but it has more fiber and tastes better in a salad.
- Quinces are also an excellent alternative to apples. But unlike apples. It is denser and less sweet, so adjustments to recipes are needed. You could poach it with honey, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean, and water to make it sweeter.
- Pineapple – run through a food processor, can also be an alternative for applesauce.
- Blueberries and Raspberries are not so different from apples. You could use these two berry types with no worries.
Thinking about what to have for dessert will definitely take some time and thinking. With so many choices available, it is a tough decision to make. But let’s consider the place and time. What if you want to go camping and isn’t having the delicious, freshly baked, and sweet dutch oven apple cobbler a must?
Don’t hesitate and try to make this recipe. Rest assured that all the ingredients are available in your kitchen, and the preparation time is not consumable. You could easily bake it on your camping site.
Getting ready with all the tools and ingredients will save you time. With the steps listed above, following the easy way to make the dutch oven apple cobbler, you will surely enjoy it with your friends and family while enjoying the natural breeze.