We recently took our s'mores to a new level (as described here: Take Your S'mores Recipe to a New Level) and I've been known to cook a mean peach cobbler in the dutch oven. Each time we eat the cast iron cooked peach cobbler we say 'man, this would be great with ice cream'. I thought ice cream at the campsite was impossible... until now.
Looking through the Sierra Trading Post website I noticed the Play & Freeze Ice Cream Ball. Is it possible to make homemade ice cream at a campsite and have fun doing it? Yes! And after a couple test runs in the backyard we knew exactly how to make delicious ice cream... and it was always full of laughs.
So here is how we made the best campsite dessert ever.
Easy Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler Recipe
1. Dump 4 regular cans of peaches (or two large cans) directly into a greased dutch oven. Pour all of the juice in too.
2. Dump a box of dry cake mix evenly over the peaches. Cut slices of half a stick of butter and spread evenly over the cake mix. Add a little cinnamon on top.
3. Cook with hot coals under and on the lid of the dutch oven for about 25 minutes.
Note: Usually I let it brown a little more on top. This time I think the coals under it were hotter than the top and I was worried I was going to burn the bottom... so I called this good. Also, I forgot to bring cinnamon.
Campsite Ice Cream
Ok, the fun part... Making ice cream at the campsite.
1. Pour one pint of Cream (can substitute Half and Half) into the ice cream ball.
2. Add one Cup of Sugar.
3. Add a Table Spoon of Vanilla.
4. Fill the other end with ice (I brought an extra bag of ice in the cooler. You might need to do this on the first night of a multi-day camping trip.)
5. Add 1/4 Cup of Rock Salt to the ice.
Seal up the ball and hand it to the kids. Seriously. I handed the ice cream ball to the kids and told them to keep it moving like a hot potato game. They shook it, threw it in the air, rolled it on the ground and played catch with it.
After 15 minutes of shaking the ice cream ball you've got delicious homemade ice cream. Pour the ice cream over some hot peach cobbler and you've successfully made the most delicious campsite dessert ever.