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Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

What better camping dessert for a crowd than Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler?

I admit it, my definition of camping runs far more to this ‘glamp-ing’ version, including air-conditioned cabins and no bugs. But one of the hallmarks of a great meal is a sense of time and place.  So, since I’m cooking 2 dinners for the Young Men and Young Women’s Camping Trip, I figured there better be a Dutch Oven involved in there somewhere. 

Our home is only 15 minutes away from the campground at the lake, and having cheated on many of the other components of the menu, I figured we needed some authentic campfire cooking for the dessert.  (And by ‘cheated’ I mean I prepared and cooked the other components in a clean, air-conditioned gourmet kitchen. Where else?)

Fantastic Camping Dessert for a Crowd 

This Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler includes some elements of “Dump Cake”, but is a whole lot better.  I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this dessert (baked in a civilized oven for heaven’s sake) at a company dinner.  It’s that good.

I’ve included instructions on how to light a chimney starter since when I delegated that to several of the youth, I discovered they’d never learned how.   And despite my avoidance of most things ‘camping’, it’s still an important skill to have.  You’ll also notice the recipe calls for 1 and ½ boxes of cake mix.  You can get by with 1 but 1½ is just right and that actually gives you an excuse to double the recipe (using 3 boxes of cake mix) and make 2 cobblers!  Trust me, nothing will go to waste.  Each cobbler easily serves 30 with 1 scoop of ice cream.

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Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

What better camping dessert for a crowd than Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler?

I admit it, my definition of camping runs far more to this ‘glamp-ing’ version, including air-conditioned cabins and no bugs. But one of the hallmarks of a great meal is a sense of time and place.  So, since I’m cooking 2 dinners for the Young Men and Young Women’s Camping Trip, I figured there better be a Dutch Oven involved in there somewhere. 

Our home is only 15 minutes away from the campground at the lake, and having cheated on many of the other components of the menu, I figured we needed some authentic campfire cooking for the dessert.  (And by ‘cheated’ I mean I prepared and cooked the other components in a clean, air-conditioned gourmet kitchen. Where else?)

Fantastic Camping Dessert for a Crowd 

This Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler includes some elements of “Dump Cake”, but is a whole lot better.  I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this dessert (baked in a civilized oven for heaven’s sake) at a company dinner.  It’s that good.

I’ve included instructions on how to light a chimney starter since when I delegated that to several of the youth, I discovered they’d never learned how.   And despite my avoidance of most things ‘camping’, it’s still an important skill to have.  You’ll also notice the recipe calls for 1 and ½ boxes of cake mix.  You can get by with 1 but 1½ is just right and that actually gives you an excuse to double the recipe (using 3 boxes of cake mix) and make 2 cobblers!  Trust me, nothing will go to waste.  Each cobbler easily serves 30 with 1 scoop of ice cream.

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5 from 2 votes
Dutch Oven Cobbler
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler for a Crowd
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
 

This Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler is a wonderfully easy camping dessert recipe for a crowd. Be prepared for requests for seconds!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Cooking for a Crowd
Keyword: Campfire Desserts, Camping Desserts, Cobblers, Dutch Oven Desserts,, Peach Desserts, Scout Camp Desserts
Servings: 30 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 6 peaches peeled and sliced (3 cups)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup brown sugar - divided
  • 1 cup butter - divided
  • 2 (29 ounce) cans sliced peaches - 1 drained, 1 not drained
  • 1 1/2 (18.25 ounce) packages white cake mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 gallon ice cream (serves 30 scoops)
Special Equipment
  • Chimney Starter
  • Newspaper & matches
  • Charcoal Briquettes
  • 12-14 inch Dutch Oven (I use 6 quart, 10 quart is fine too)
  • Dutch Oven Lid lifter
  • Small mixing bowl
  • 5 pounds Dry Ice
  • Ice
  • Small cooler
  • Ice Cream Scoop
  • Serving Spoon
Instructions
  1. Up to 1 day in advance, peel the peaches, chop into 1-inch size pieces and mix with ½ cup brown sugar. Refrigerate if not using immediately.

  2. Up to 5 hours before serving, place the ice cream in a small cooler and place the dry ice on top of the ice cream. Fill additional space with ice so that the dry ice remains on top of the ice cream.

  3. Starting 2 hours before serving: Place chimney starter on a flame proof surface, stuff the bottom chamber with lightly wadded paper and fill the top chamber with charcoal briquettes for cooking (the recipe only calls for 20, but you’ll want extras just in case.) Light paper with a match. Once paper catches fire, let chimney starter sit for 20 – 25 minutes until charcoal briquettes are gray/white hot.

  4. While the coals are heating, prepare the cobbler. Wipe out the Dutch Oven and spray the inside lightly with cooking oil spray.
  5. Create the cobbler base layer by placing 1/2 cup butter in the Dutch Oven and suspending it over the chimney starter to melt the butter. Add ½ cup brown sugar the prepared peaches, one drained can of peaches and one un-drained can of peaches. Stir to coat the peaches in the brown sugar and evenly distribute. Set aside.

  6. Place 1 ½ boxes of the cake mix and cream cheese in the mixing bowl. Using a knife and fork, cut the cream cheese into the cake mix until the mixture is crumbly with marble-size chunks (like making pie dough).

  7. Pour the cake mixture over the peaches. Dot the remaining 1/2 cup butter over the cake mixture. Place the lid on top of the Dutch Oven and place the Dutch Oven on a fire-proof surface.

  8. Once the coals are white, place 8 hot coals under the Dutch Oven and 12 on top of the Dutch Oven.
  9. Bake for 1 hour, checking at 30 and 45 minutes (depending on the stage of your charcoal, the cooking time can vary). Cobbler is done when a knife or fork inserted in the cake topping comes out without wet batter and no raw white cake mix is visible.

  10. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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5 from 2 votes
Dutch Oven Cobbler
Easy Peach Cobbler - Family Size
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
 

Easy peach cobbler is the perfect summer dessert. Savor the flavors of summer with peaches bubbling away with butter and spices. The crunchy, buttery cobbler topping can made in a snap and the fresh peaches can be omitted if not available.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dessert, Easy Peach Cobber, Summer Dessart
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 3 peaches , peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 cup brown sugar , divided
  • 1 cup butter , divided
  • 1 (29 ounce) can peaches
  • 1 (18.25) box white cake mix
  • 6 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 pint ice cream
Instructions
  1. Up to 1 day in advance, peel the peaches, chop into I inch size pieces and mix with ½ cup brown sugar.  Refrigerate if not making recipe now.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

  3. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a 9 x 13 baking dish

  4. Add ½ cup brown sugar, the prepared peaches and one can of peaches.  Stir to coat the peaches in the brown sugar and evenly distribute.   Set aside.

  5. Place cake mix and cream cheese in a mixing bowl.  Using a knife and fork, cut the cream cheese into the cake mix until the mixture is crumbly with marble-size chunks (like making pie dough).

  6. Pour the cake mixture over the peaches.  Dot the remaining 1/2 cup butter over the cake mixture.  

  7. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

  8. Cobbler is done when a knife or fork inserted in the cake topping comes out without wet batter and no raw white cake mix is visible.

  9. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

2 Comments

  1. Jeff Skile


    We made this at our cookout this weekend. Best peach cobbler I’ve ever had. Thanks

    Reply
  2. GlenEllen


    I know what we’re having for dessert this weekend. Thanks Betsy !

    Reply

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