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Monday, March 17, 2014

How to make the best Texas Peach Cobbler- Dutch Oven Camping Recipes

A couple weeks ago, my hubby and I had the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Texas with an old-time celebration on Windmill Square in our hometown of Pecos, Texas.   
We were invited to demonstrate some old cowboy style Dutch Oven Cooking by making enough Peach Cobblers to serve about 100 people.   

 This challenge was a great time to share one of our favorite Dutch Oven Camping Recipes, Texas Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler.         

Dutch Oven Camping Recipes

If you have never seen or done any cowboy style Dutch Oven cooking, it is amazing.  My hubby can throw a batch of biscuits in the dutch oven, add coals top and bottom and come out with the best ever, perfectly browned biscuits right there by the campfire.  They taste out of this world! 

  I don't have the room here to talk in depth about the old Cowboy Style Chuck Wagon cooks of yesteryear but I will soon, I promise.  And we will be sharing more Dutch Oven Camping Recipes. 

Chuckwagon near Dutch Oven Camping Recipes

My momma-in-law owns an original Texas Chuck Wagon and the family parked it on Windmill Square, and we turned it into our kitchen for the day.

Dutch Oven Camping Recipes for Peach Cobbler
Hubby tended the fire and I mixed up the peach filling and rolled out the dough. 

Dutch Oven Camping Recipes-Texas Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

    (make 2 batches, one for top crust and one for the bottom. It will work better if you make this twice instead of doubling it)
    • 3 cups of flour
    • 1 1/2 cups of shortening
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 5 tablespoons of very cold water
    • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cans (29 oz) of Sliced Peaches in Heavy Syrup, drained
    • 1 cup of butter, melted
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1 cup of brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup of half and half


    Prepare the crust:
    1. Add the flour to a large mixing bowl and cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles large crumbs. (a fork works also)
    2. Add the egg, water, vinegar, and salt and stir until all ingredients are combined
    3. Roll into ball and place in a large gallon size ziplock baggie
    4. Roll out while it's inside the bag until it reaches the sides and place flat in freezer
    5. Repeat for the second crust
    For the Filling:
    1. Mix the drained peaches, with the sugars and cinnamon
    2. Add the half and half and the melted butter and mix well
    3. Set aside until you have crust ready.
    1. Remove the crusts from the freezer and allow to thaw for about 15 minutes. 2. Roll out the first crust so it is at least as large as the bottom of the dutch oven
    3. Lightly coat a 12-inch or 14-inch dutch oven with cooking oil and place the crust in the bottom and trim to fit
    4. Pour in your filling
    5. Roll out the second crust and cut into 1-inch strips using a pizza cutter
    6. Lay the pie crust strips down in a criss-cross design
    *Optional- use a Texas State cookie cutter and cut a design from the extra pie crust to add the great state of Texas to the top of the cobbler:)) Or you could use the design of your choice:))
    7. Whisk 1 egg in a small bowl and using a pastry brush, paint the top of the cobbler completely
    8. Sprinkle with cinnamon and about 1/4 cup of white sugar

    If Baking in the oven:
    Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes uncovered. (check often during cooking since ovens vary)

    If cooking outside:
    1. Cover with the dutch oven lid.
    2. If you are not experienced in outdoor cooking in a dutch oven you may get more predictable results using charcoal briquettes instead of coals from a campfire. Light half of a 5-pound bag of charcoal using a chimney starter. As soon as the briquettes start turning gray along the edges and corners, dump them onto dry ground or a steel table (See Pictures below)
    3. Using a set of tongs, place 14 briquettes, evenly spaced, in an area more or less the size of the bottom of the dutch oven. Place the dutch oven on the coals. Place a ring of coals, with coals touching along the outer edge of the lid (about 19 or 20 coals). Place 6 to 7 additional coals in a circle around the lift handle in the center of the lid. (See Pictures below)
    4. Now start your timer! Every 10 minutes gently lift and rotate the entire dutch oven counter clockwise a 1/4 turn and replace on the coals. Then turn the lid, without lifting it, 1/4 turn clockwise. Rotating your dutch oven in this manner eliminates "hot spots" and allows the food to cook more evenly
    5. Continue rotating the lid/oven in opposite directions every 10 minutes for forty minutes then carefully lift the lid and check to see if the crust is beginning to brown. Re-check every 5 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
    6. When done, remove from the coals and carefully remove the lid!! Let cool for at least 5-10 minutes prior to serving:)))
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    Texas Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler Camping Recipes

    My momma-in-law helping the hubby with the latticework for the top of the Peach Cobblers. 

    Dutch Oven Camping Recipes Cooking

    The Hubby has a metal table so it gets the dutch ovens up off the dirt and it's easier for these ol' backs to bend over to tend to the cobblers. And it would work great for any of your Dutch Oven Camping Recipes. 

    There are also several kinds of lid lifters, a simple lid lifter and the deluxe one shown to the right of the dutch ovens.  

    Dutch Oven Cowboy Cooking

    Peach Cobbler perfectly browned and ready to serve with the state of Texas on top.  

    Many thanks and congratulations to my sweet hubby for helping with this post.  He is amazing with Dutch Oven Cooking and Dutch Oven Camping Recipes. 

    Other Dishes you will enjoy:


    1. Everyone did a wonderful job! The Texas Peach Cobbler looks amazing!

    2. OMGosh this looks fabulous! Pinning for this summer's camping trip to the East Coast of Canada. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

    3. This looks so awesome. I love the covered wagon.

    4. Gorgeous to look at and craving a taste !
      thanks for sharing -
      [though I'm thinking I put more cinnamon in my morning porridge! might change that up a bit =))]
      FuN post and interesting way of life ...

    5. Looks absolutely amazing. I don't have the place or wherewithal for cooking with coals, but I reckon I could try this in my dutch oven on the barbecue.

    6. It is so cool that y'all were invited to give a demo. What an honor! The pie looks perfect...especially with Texas on top. (I hold a special place for TX--my son was born there.) Thank you for sharing this beautiful, perfectly golden pie, Evelyn.

    7. Sounds like fun! I would love it if you linked up to my Tasty Tuesday party!

    8. I just love Peach Cobbler - and this one looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

    9. Hi Evelyn,
      Your Dutch Oven Texas Peach Cobbler is just fabulous and what a fun challenge. We would have loved every second of the fun and food. We are proud of you and your Hubby, looks like you did an outstanding job!! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    10. Wow ..... so there are a few things I have to say! LOL. First off - I love that wagon!!! How cool is that?! Second, peaches are my favorite fruit by far - so I am totally digging this cobbler. Thirdly - That was a lot of work for y'all (I had no idea how to cook outside like that!) but I bet that was the best peach cobbler ever!! :)

    11. OMG, I can't believe it - that is my very favorite pie - peach cobbler. WOW to bake a cobbler like that is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this post. It looks like you all had a wonderful FUN time.
      I am your newest follower - so glad to meet you.

    12. This looks amazing. I love peach cobbler!

    13. Looks wonderful. I have a large dutch oven and our family is going camping this summer this will be a great time to use it. Thanks and by the way love your wagon. Those are so cool!!

    14. My goodness! This really does look scrumptious!! Am definitely Pinning this to make! Found you on Wake Up Wednesday :-)

    15. Congratulations!
      Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
      Miz Helen

    16. This looks like it was so much fun. I've been to similar celebrations a few times, and really enjoyed it. I'm intrigued with your peach cobbler cooked in a dutch oven, I have GOT to try making this in a cast iron skillet now. THANK YOU for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up, and we hope you'll join us again this week!


      1. did you try it in a cast iron skillet? did you cook as indicated or how did you cook it? this looks so good but i don't have a dutch oven or charcoal grill ... just a gas one .... is is cheating to cook it in an oven in the cast iron skillet ... i have several of those .... i'd really like to make this .... it looks delicious :)

    17. How lovely, it looks like so much fun! Your pie looks delicious too. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

    18. Hi Evelyn! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Dutch oven texas peach cobbler to my Fruit pie party. Here's the link to the party with all the recipes. Enjoy! -Del's cooking twist

    19. My mom and I would devour that. I did a dutch oven with my girl scouts years ago. I think the experiences you have are so amazing. I think I was meant to be a cowgirl and live on a farm!

    20. Looks like a 14" DO If the cookie cutter is 4 inches?

    21. Hi Evelyn I want to make this for my hubby but I don't have a Dutch oven can this be made in a cast iron skillet it's just the 2 of us.and I really can't afford that skillet

      1. I have never tried it but I bet you could, maybe this would make two and the other could be frozen after you bake it?

    22. Hi Evelyn I was wondering can I make this in a cast iron skillet I can't afford that Dutch oven thanks

    23. I was totally surprised when I google for this recipe to see that you live in Pecos! I see Bessie And Zelma in your photos!! What a small world we live in after all!!! I look forward to trying your recipe! Janey Loree Paschal

    24. Could you substitute anything for the half & half? I don't typically keep it on-hand and this looks delicious.

    25. Are you using a 12" or 14" Dutch Oven? I am planning on making this Sunday and I'm super excited!!!

      1. We used both 12 and 14 inch Dutch ovens, we didn't have enough of either to feed the crowd and both worked great with this recipe! Enjoy!

      2. I tried to upload a picture but I couldn't figure it out. It turned out amazing! Thank you very much for the recipe!

    26. How many people did you feed with this receipt. And how did you put the crust in the freezer. I cook on a chuck wagon and this is a challenge

      1. Karen, thank you for your interest. Since this was a one day event, we prepared our all our crusts ahead of time and placed them in the freezer until the day of the event. We removed them from the freezer that morning and rolled them out at the chuck wagon and cooked the peach cobblers on the fire. We prepared about 7-8 of these peach cobblers and this was just a tasting even so full helpings were not offered. We prob served a little over 100 people.


    Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))