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Pilgrim's Cranberry Apple Cobbler

This recipe was taken from the Everyday Dutch Oven blog. As things neared towards Thanksgiving he started putting up seasonal recipes and descriptions of his (elaborate) Thanksgiving Dutch Oven setups. I saw this recipe earlier in the month and tossed it into my file because of the cranberry. Also, right before Thanksgiving I went to the local Tractor Supply Store for their Black Friday deals. They had a regular height 12 incher for $15 (marked down from $20).

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Sweet Honey Cornbread

I pulled this recipe from Everyday Dutch Oven. I hadn't cooked it before but decided to give it a shot at my first DOG! I understand it's kind of mean to try something out on strangers but I'll cook what I want to cook, damn it.

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Upside-Down Rhubarb Cake pt. 2

The smashing success of the first recipe drove me to try and reproduce it about a week after the first cake. Although it was a while ago I think the two things I did differently were using tinfoil and redoing the coals. I think I was at 4 on the bottom and 18-19 at the top but there may have been 5 on the bottom. The tinfoil was used to help with the cake flip which came out perfectly this time.

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Upside-Down Rhubarb Cake

Despite everything working against me this recipe was delicious. It was taken from the Yahoo Dutch Oven mailing list. No pictures but it wasn't a pretty cake at all.

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Giant Cookie pt. 2: Hard Mode

The last cookie was a success. However, it was kind of a pain to get the warm cookie out of the bottom of the oven. While catching up on the dutch oven mailing list I happened to see a thread that mentioned that you can cook in the lid with the entire oven upside down for pies and other baked goods. I call it dutch oven hard mode.

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Giant cookie

A giant cookie takes the entire batch of cookie dough and puts it into the bottom of the dutch oven. My recipe was the cookie recipe off the back of the Toll House bag. The result was delicious and more food than expected! I have a picture of the finished recipe that I can put up later.

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Brownies

Yet another recipe from the excellent Dutch Oven Madness. I prepared and executed this recipe according to spec. It cooked for about 25 minutes with a rotation at about 15 minutes.

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Cheese Stuffed Focaccia

Yet another recipe from the fantastic Dutch Oven Madness. I did this a whole week ago but I should have all the details down.

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Pretzels

Absolutely amazing. I'm writing this while waiting for my second batch to ferment. They came out so incredibly well that I couldn't stop thinking about them all day.

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Herb Cheese Bread

Another recipe from the lovely Dutch Oven Madness. I saw she was interviewed for a podcast by another blogger, I'll have to check that out later.

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French Bread, part II

Today I have made yet another loaf of French bread. I've followed the recipe from Mark's Black Pot pretty faithfully. I would have pictures for this blog of the preparation but it appears the mystery camera decided to not save them.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This dessert was once again taken from the excellent Dutch Oven Madness. The only variations of note were usage of a 12 incher instead of a 10 and an extra quarter cup of sour cream. I think both were detrimental to the result: the larger size meant a harder to cut cake (each slice was about 2/3 cream filling 1/3 cake mix) and the extra sour cream gave the impression the batter was moist to the point of being undercooked. Both fixes would lead to a neater, more easily served snack.

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Shepherd's Bread

Another recipe from the excellent Dutch Oven Madness. This recipe uses yeast aggressively and doesn't sit out for too long. My end result was a fluffy, dense and slightly moist crumb and a pale and slightly tough crust (probably not enough coals on top). The technical aspects of the bread were easily enough achieved but I was not a fan of the taste. The combination of the bland taste and density reminded me of dumplings. My mother was a fan.

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Oatmeal Carmelitas

My first recipe from the excellent blog Dutch Oven Madness. This woman has turned into the primary inspiration for this blog and the primary supplier of new and exciting recipes. Her goal is to blog a year's worth of dutch oven food cooked for her family. I am so very, very grateful for her blog.

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