Monday, July 27, 2009

Award-Winning Peach Cobbler & Homemade Ice Cream

You read it right - this is AWARD-WINNING peach cobbler! haha kind of. Earlier this summer our church had a dutch oven cook-off, and after a tie-breaking game of KOOB, I came out victorious! The prize was my very own dutch oven. First of all, if you don't know what KOOB is, you need to google it because it's the greatest yard game ever! Second of all, I had been playing terribly all night until the tie-breaking game where Rich and I faced off against the Jeff's - I totally dominated that game, knocking down the last 3 blocks in a row (that will mean more to you after you've googled)!!! And lastly, although the Jeff's had their game faces on and seriously delivered with THREE delicious dutch oven dishes (who knew you could make rolls in a dutch oven?!), I'm super stoked that my cobbler won! I had been telling Rich how badly I wanted to win, but even I didn't know how serious I was until I actually won. So, thanks to all of the tasters/voters who helped me get the big 'W'! And who am I kidding, I'd have never been able to do it without my Dad (we call him Poppa Don), because it was his recipe, after all!
And now for the homemade ice is different every single time we make it because of the flavor we choose to make depending on what ingredients we have in our pantry at the time, but there are a few things you have to have every time for the base. It goes great with anything - brownies, cookies, cake, and of course cobbler. But it is also de-lish all by itself. As long as you have an ice cream maker, you're in good shape. But don't make it too often, or you'll be in bad shape (hahaha bad joke, I know!). We got this recipe from my father-in-law, Dale, but we've adapted it a bit. Thank Heaven for Dads!!!

~My PRIZED dutch oven~

Poppa Don's Peach Cobbler
2 large cans sliced peaches, undrained
1 box yellow cake mix
ground cinnamon
Pour all the peaches into the dutch oven. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the peaches. Sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon evenly over the cake mix. Place ~15 ashy coals on top and beneath dutch oven. Let cook about 45 minutes, or until top is browned, and bubbling. Remove from coals and let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade Ice Cream
2 cans evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 c. milk
*flavoring of your choice* Example: we sliced 1 1/2 banana & added 2 regular sized bags of peanut butter M&M's. We have also used fresh berries & peaches, crumbled up cookies or brownies with peanut butter & sliced banana, and even cut up a piece of cheesecake!
Pour evaporated milk, sugar, egg, and milk into ice cream maker & whisk together. Add whatever flavoring you choose. Follow instructions for your ice cream maker. Ours usually takes 45 minutes-1 1/2 hour depending on how thick we want it & what flavoring we used.


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