Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

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Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler is a traditional delicacy loved around the world. This recipe is simple and delicious. Whether you’re outdoors or in your backyard, get ready for a campfire party that everyone will love!

The Dutch Over Peach Cobbler is a camping staple that can convince even non-campers to brave the great outdoors: “What? You’re making Dutch oven peach cobbler? Okay, here I go.” Who doesn’t love making it rustic bonfire party, but it turned out like a delicious dessert that could be given to a queen? This easy recipe uses half and half with cold-grated butter to create a rich, deliciously creamy batter in a Dutch oven for your peaches to simmer in.

You can make this recipe while camping or at home. It’s a big dessert, so be sure to have your family or friends there to enjoy the “fruits” of your labor. You can top it with ice cream, whipped cream, cool whip, or nothing. You’ll love the rich, crispy cake contrasted with the luscious soft peaches. Get ready for delicious madness!

Can I make this recipe at home instead of camping?

Yes. You don’t have to be camping to enjoy Dutch oven cooking. Hot coals can be used as long as there is suitable space in the yard for a fire. It can be on a charcoal grill, fire pit or even on the patio if proper precautions are taken. Alternatively, you can cook this Dutch oven in a real oven. Simply prepare the toppings according to the directions, then bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are golden brown.

How can I make peach cobbler easier to prepare while camping?

You can mix and prepare several ingredients before leaving home. I recommend mixing the dry ingredients for the topping in a resealable plastic bag and the dry ingredients for the peaches in another plastic bag. You can also grate the cold butter ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the freezer to make this part of the prep easier – the important thing is that the butter is in small clumps in the batter when you make it shape. The peaches, vanilla, sugar, and lemon zest can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container that won’t leak. Keep the cornstarch apart until you comb the ingredients before cooking.

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler Ingredients

Dutch Oven Cooking with Charcoal Blocks:

Dutch oven cooking is a classic cooking method used while camping. It might seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before. In fact, cooking in a Dutch oven with charcoal blocks is really easy if you follow a few simple steps.

Charcoal preparation: First, you need to prepare charcoal. You can easily do this with a charcoal screwdriver. Just put some shredded newspaper on the bottom and fill the starter with charcoal briquettes. Then light the newspaper and let the charcoal burn for 15 minutes. If you don’t have a charcoal starter, you can stack the charcoal into a pyramid and light it in a similar fashion using newspaper or lighter fluid.

Charcoal starter lit with lighter in large fire pit

To cook with charcoal: Once your charcoal is ready, you’ll use tongs to transfer each briquette to a fire-safe location to set up your cooking method.

Charcoal stove: If you want to replicate an indoor stove, you only need to heat the bottom of a cast iron Dutch oven. This will allow you to sauté meat or vegetables, boil water, or any other cooking method you would use on a regular stovetop. Depending on the outside temperature, you may want to keep a cover on hand to help the cast iron retain heat. The steam stays inside when the lid is on, so keep that in mind so you don’t accidentally steam your meat or vegetables.

Charcoal stove: You can create an outdoor oven by placing charcoal on the bottom and lid of a cast iron Dutch oven. Just as it is important to keep the door of your indoor oven closed, it is equally important to keep the lid on your outdoor Dutch oven closed. Frequent opening of the lid can significantly reduce the temperature inside the Dutch oven and prevent your food from baking properly.

Charcoal Broiler: Grilling is a top-down heating method, with intense heat applied from above. To bake in a cast iron Dutch oven, you simply line the lid with a charcoal block.

Charcoal Briquettes Dutch Oven

Dutch oven with charcoal blocks on top. A pair of tongues holds the briquettes in the center of the lid.

How many charcoal briquettes to use in Dutch oven cooking:

How many charcoal briquettes you need in Dutch oven cooking depends on the size of your Dutch oven and the desired temperature you want to cook at. A good general purpose cast iron Dutch oven is 12 inches in diameter, but other sizes are available.

Charcoal placement: The placement of the charcoal blocks will depend on the type of cooking you are trying to use, the size of your cast iron Dutch oven, and the temperature you want to achieve. Use the handy cooking guide below to adapt any Dutch oven recipe to your Dutch oven size and recipe.

Dutch Oven Charcoal Cooking Guide

Can I use fresh or frozen peaches instead of canned peaches?

Yes. If you plan to use fresh peaches, you can peel and slice them ahead of time, if you like, or as a camping event. It takes about 24 fresh peaches. If you prefer to use frozen peaches, you will need about 6 (16 oz) bags.

Pro tip: When using canned peaches, be sure to buy peaches in juice rather than in syrup. This will allow you to control the amount of sugar in the food you cook.

Dutch oven peach cobbler in a blue dutch oven, scoop out and put in a bowl

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler is a traditional delicacy loved around the world. This recipe is simple and delicious. Whether you’re outdoors or in your backyard, get ready for a campfire party that everyone will love!

Preparation time 15 minute

cooking time 1 Hour

total time 1 Hour 15 minute

raw material

  • 3 (30 oz can) peaches in juice drainage well
  • 1 big lemon zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup White sugar
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup cold salted butter grated
  • 1 cup Half and half


  • Preheat 25 briquettes.

  • In a medium mixing bowl, toss peach slices with lemon zest and juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and sugar. Spread them out in a 12-inch (6-quart) cast iron Dutch oven.

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a cheese grater to grate butter into flour mixture and stir to combine.

  • Pour in half and stir to form a thick batter. Scoop the batter into large chunks over the peaches to form a nice pie crust.

  • Put the lid on the Dutch oven and place the Dutch oven on top of the 8 briquettes. Place the other 17 briquettes evenly on top of the lid.

  • Cover and cook for 45-60 minutes, until the cobbler crust is lightly browned.

Calories: 345kcal | carbohydrate: 49G | protein: 4G | fat: 15G | Saturated fat: 10G | cholesterol: 42mg | sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 243mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 20G | Vitamin A: 460unit | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | calcium: 108mg | iron: 1.7mg