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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Enjoying Fall

Summer days are finally past, and it has been cool enough to get outside and do a little outdoor cooking.

We really enjoy trying new Dutch oven recipes when we get a chance.

This particular night we tried an onion dip, Cowboy Cornbread, and Hornet's Nest Cake (pictured above).  The cake taste a lot like pecan pie.  I posted the recipe below.  I found it on Every Day Dutch Oven blog.  

On this night we made Skillet Apple Pie,  meatloaf,  baked potatoes, turnip greens and cornbread.  

We plan to cook most of our Thanksgiving meal outside this year. Here's the mister and Thumper giving a turkey a trial run.  It was delish!

All of this outdoor cooking may have been inspired by my husband's cast iron collection. 

If you have a Dutch Oven give this recipe a try.  It's really easy and is probably different than your usual DO dessert.  If you have any unique Dutch oven recipes, by all means, leave one in the comments!

Dutch Oven Hornet's Nest Cake

Note:  (I would recommend only using 3/4 to 1/2 of the package of butterscotch chips. It was a little too sweet for me with the whole package in there. )


    • 1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 1 18 oz package plain yellow cake mix
    • 1 11 oz package butterscotch chips
    • 1 cup chopped pecans


    1. Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
    2. Mix pudding and milk in large bowl according to package directions.
    3. Add cake mix, stir until well combined, there will be a few lumps in the batter.
    4. Pour batter into prepared dutch oven, smooth evenly with spatula.
    5. Sprinkle batter completely with butterscotch chips.
    6. Sprinkle chips with chopped pecans.
    7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until tester in center comes out clean.
    8. Cool in dutch oven for 30 minutes before lifting out with parchment paper.
    9. Cut into small pieces, cake is very rich.

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