Saturday, April 20, 2013

A camping we will go...

My my my, it has been a LONG TIME!!!  I have had the blog on my mind a lot lately and have actually wanted to post! Live has been crazy busy!   The hubs and I each have a brother getting married. Today My M-I-L and Sister in laws did a shower for Rashelle.  I was in charge of the food and the decorations and providing the space.  Since we were doing a camping shower I decided to do dutch oven desserts.  It was raining and the oven had some issues but in the end we ended up with some scrumptious treats!  I was asked for the recipes for all 3 so I am gonna share them all here with you!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

 Topping Cake Batter
4Tbs. butter1yellow cake mix
1cup brown sugar1cup pineapple juice
8pineapple rings1/3cup water
8maraschino cherries3eggs
  1/3cup oil

Prepare Cake Topping: Melt butter in bottom of a 12" Dutch oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter being careful not to touch the sugar once it has begun to dissolve into the butter. Carefully place pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar, 7 around the outside and 1 in the center. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.
Prepare Cake Batter: In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, pineapple juice, water, eggs and oil; mix well. Spoon cake batter carefully over the top of pineapple rings. Spread batter evenly to edges.
Bake: Cover Dutch oven and bake using 10-12 briquettes bottom and 14-16 briquettes top for 45 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched.
Let the cake cool for 10 minutes or so in the oven with the lid cracked. Next run a rubber spatula around the inside edge of the oven to loosen the cake. To turn the cake out, first lay a piece of parchment paper across the top of the oven so it lays flat and replace the lid so that it holds the paper in place. Make sure you have an available lid stand resting on your table for the next step. Using gloved hands place one hand on the lid and the other hand under the oven and carefully lift and flip the oven over so the cake falls onto the lid. Rest the oven upside down on the lid stand and tap the bottom and sides of the oven lightly with your hand to make sure the cake didn't stick. Then lift the oven off the lid. The cake will be resting on the parchment lined lid and can be cooled this way or slid off the lid using the parchment paper. Allow cake to cool slightly before service.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as topping.
Serves: 8-10

Chocolate Lovers Delight

1 1/2cup water1(10 oz.) bag miniature marshmallows
1/4cup cocoa powder1chocolate cake mix; prepared as directed
1cup light brown sugar6oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Line the bottom and sides of a 12" Dutch oven with heavy foil. Mix the water, cocoa powder, and brown sugar together and pour into the Dutch oven. Add marshmallows and spread them out evenly. Pour prepared chocolate cake mix over marshmallows. Sprinkle chocolate chips over cake batter.
Cover oven and bake using 8-10 briquettes bottom and 14-16 briquettes top for 60 minutes.
Serve warm with whipped cream.
Serves: 10-12

Raspberry Cobbler

1 cake mix yellow, white or vanilla
1 cup melted butter
2 boxes Danish Dessert
1 bag frozen or fresh raspberries

Cook Danish Dessert according to filling directions and put in the bottom of a lined dutch oven. Sprinkle cake mix over top of the filling. Pour melted butter on top and bake in at 350 for about 40 minutes until top is golden and bubbly.

I was going to post but my computer is apparently out of memory and won't let me load the pics off the camera.  Happy Dutch Ovening :)