Houston Rodeo's Dutch Oven Desserts Competition Cooked 'Em Low and Slow
|Wrapping cobblers in foil maintained the proper temperature.|
Classics, such as berry cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake, succeeded in making my taste buds do a happy dance, while more "out-of-the-box" treats, such as chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter, Oreo cookies and cookie dough, and a cheesecake with layers of carrot cake, did not taste as good as they looked.
When teams wrapped their desserts in aluminum foil, the warmth from the Dutch oven remained in the Styrofoam container; each of these desserts tasted as if it had been served directly from the stove-top to the plate.
Who doesn't love pineapple upside-down cake?
My personal favorites out of the offerings at my table were the warm, chocolate gooey cake and peach cobbler (served wrapped in aluminum foil). The chocolate cake satisfied all of my sugary cocoa cravings and warmed my heart and, more important, my stomach; the peaches in the cobbler were tender, juicy and sweet, and the syrup mixed with the warm crust was exactly what you want to eat surrounded by the smells of barbecue -- all it needed was a giant scoop of smooth Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.
- Champion: Triple A Cookers
- First Runner-Up: Be Somebody
- Second Runner-Up: Texas Night Owls 1