A couple weeks ago, my hubby and I had the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Texas with a 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!
What a fun challenge!!
Long live Texas!!!
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. Just amazing!!
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:))
My momma-in-law owns an original Chuck Wagon and the family parked it on Windmill Square, and we turned it into our kitchen for the day.
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 its 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 the 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 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 camp fire. 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 Picture #1)
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 Picture #2)
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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