3 Must-Try Desserts for Your Dutch Oven

Image by James Leefrom Flickr’s Creative Commons Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and with the winter season upon us, many are turning to this convenient cooking pot to make delicious soups and stews. While you are preparing warm holiday...

Image by James Leefrom Flickr’s Creative Commons
Image by James Leefrom Flickr’s Creative Commons

Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and with the winter season upon us, many are turning to this convenient cooking pot to make delicious soups and stews. While you are preparing warm holiday meals, also consider using your Dutch oven to bake up tasty and comforting desserts. Here are three recipes you will want to add to your Dutch oven repertoire.

Homemade Donuts

Gather your family this winter for a donut-making party that will quickly become a new family tradition. This fun and simple Dutch oven recipe is perfect for all ages and can be completed in three easy steps. First, cut holes into the center of store-bought refrigerated buttermilk biscuits. Pour two inches of vegetable oil into a Dutch oven and place over medium-high heat. Carefully place the biscuits into the oil and fry for about 30 seconds on each side or until the donuts are golden brown. Remove the donuts with tongs and place in paper towels until they have cooled. After the donuts are fried and cooled, get creative by decorating them with frosting, sprinkles and powdered sugar. Lastly, don’t forget about the donut holes. Roll up the center of the biscuits and fry them for tasty donut holes, sprinkling them off with powdered sugar.

Simple Chocolate Brownies

Your trusty Dutch oven can also be used to bake delicious chocolate brownies that are simple enough for anyone. The following recipe also requires just three steps, and you can whip up these eggless treats without ever using a measuring cup. To get started on this recipe, gather up the following ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 ounces package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

After setting your ingredients aside, spray your Dutch oven with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Combine all of the above in a large bowl and spread evenly in your Dutch oven. Bake this mixture at 350 degrees for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool thoroughly before pulling them out using the parchment paper and cutting them into individual brownie pieces. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complete this delicious Dutch oven treat.

Semi-Homemade Apple Butter

Many people avoid making their own apple butter as creating this sweet spread can be extremely time-consuming. However, this winter-perfect treat can be made easily by using store-bought applesauce and a quality Dutch oven. Get started by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and preparing the following ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 jars applesauce
  • 2 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Combine these ingredients in your Dutch oven and bake uncovered for about two and a half hours. Stir the apple butter mixture two to three times while it is baking. Remove the apple butter from the oven and allow it thoroughly cool. Place the finished product into small mason jars and consider giving this tasty treat to friends and family as a holiday gift this winter season.

Turn to the versatility of the Dutch oven this winter to create these must-try desserts.