How To: Bake a Campfire Cobbler

By MDC | January 1, 2023
From Xplor: January/February 2023

This yummy cobbler baked over campfire coals will make your taste buds turn cartwheels.

A Dutch oven is a heavy iron pot with a tight-fitting lid. It’s used for making all kinds of dishes, from beef brisket to sourdough bread. Although it’s too heavy to carry in a backpack, it’s perfect to bring along when you’re car camping.

Here’s What You Need

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2 cans of fruit pie filling
  • 1 can of lemon-lime soda
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 12-inch Dutch oven
  • Lid lifter for Dutch oven
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Spoon for serving
  • Extra-long kitchen tongs
  • Thick leather gloves
  • Charcoal (optional)

Here’s What You Do

  • Let a campfire burn down to glowing orange coals or light a pile of charcoal.
  • Line the inside of the Dutch oven with aluminum foil. This will make cleanup much easier!
  • Spoon pie filling into the bottom of the oven. Layer cake mix over the top. Flake butter over everything. Pour in the soda, but don’t mix the ingredients.
  • Put the lid on the oven and pull on leather gloves. With a grown-up’s help, use tongs to evenly space eight large coals (or charcoal briquettes) in a small circle and set the oven on top of them.
  • Arrange 16 coals on the oven’s lid. Let the cobbler bake for 30 minutes, then lift the oven off of the bottom coals.
  • Leave the top coals on the lid and bake for 15 more minutes or until the cobbler turns golden-brown.

Let the cobbler cool for 10 minutes — if you can wait that long!


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