- 2 cans of apple pie filling (roughly 1 lb each)
- 1 box of yellow or white cake mix
- 1 stick of butter – unsalted, slightly thawed
- Optional: ice cream or whipped cream
- 12″ Dutch oven
- Dutch oven liner
- Dutch oven lid/handle grabbers
- Dutch oven stands
- 1 large bag Briquettes/Coals
- Coal chimney starter
- Heat the briquettes/coals for at least 30 minutes or until you achieve a light ashy coating for optimum heat before you plan to start cooking.
- Place a dutch oven liner in the dutch oven you are using.
- Open the pie filling of your choice, place on top of the dutch oven liner and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle with the desired amount of cinnamon.
- Open the cake mix and spread evenly on the top of the pie filling.
- Cut one tablespoon thick butter slices and place one half inch apart over the cake mix. This will create a nice crispy, golden crust.
- Using 13 coals, make a circle on the ground, placing extras in the middle of the circle then put the dutch oven over top; Using 17 coals, make a circle on the outer rim of the lid, placing extras in a circle around the handle. This will create an internal temperature of 450 degrees.
- Let cook for approximately 30 minutes. Rotate every 10 minutes by moving the bottom clockwise 1/3 rotation and the lid counterclockwise 1/3 rotation.
- Give yourself a great big scoop, top with ice cream or whip cream (optional), and enjoy – it’ll be hot!
Formula for dutch oven temperature control:
- 350 degrees=diameter of dutch oven, plus two pieces of coal on top of the lid and minus two pieces of coal on the bottom.
- Ex: For a 12″ dutch oven you will need 14 coals on the top lid and 10 coals on the bottom to reach 350 degrees.
- Add 2 coals for every 25 degrees you want to go up in temperature.
- Ex: To raise a 12″ dutch oven from 350 degrees to 400 degrees you will have to add 2 coals to the top lid and 2 coals to the bottom. For a total of 16 on the top and 12 on the bottom.
- Try not to open the lid a lot, it releases the temperature.
- Knock off excess ash build up on the coals to maintain the desired temperature.
- If removed from heat, remember it will still cook since the iron is retaining the heat.