When I was a kid, I watched my dad and my uncle make magic home out of a black cauldron…I mean Dutch oven. In middle school one class I was in had an end of the year cookout, and while most kids brought burgers or dogs to grill, I thought about knocking some socks off some cute girls by showcasing my families Chicken Teriyaki recipe in the Dutch oven. I learned it from my dad. Sadly I did not learn how to heat charcoal or use it right with a Dutch oven.
I got a bit better over the years but it was really a guessing game until I bought my first Dutch oven cookbook. I learned that I had been missing a tool just as important as the lid, a coal chart.
A coal chart shows you how many coals you need for a certain size oven to cook at a certain temperature range. With coals I say range because they will rise and drop in temperature over time, but for the most part you will be close enough to to cook just about anything.
An easy way to remember baking at 350 degrees is double your diameter plus one. For a ten inch, that is 21, for a twelve inch, 25. Put the number of coals for your diameter on top plus five and the rest on bottom. For a twelve inch that’s 17 on top and 8 below. Flip to 17 below and 8 on top for simmering. Or save the picture from the link below.
A classic yellow butter cake baked inside today due to the weather, but will still work great outside.
A classic yellow butter cake that can be used for your cake craving needs.
Let butter and eggs reach room temperature, Grease 12 inch Dutch Oven and light 30 coals of charcoal
Beat butter on high, slowly add sugar, beat to combine. Add eggs one at a time. When all ingredients are blended, add vanilla. Scrape something sides of the bowl, mix again.
Mix salt and baking powder with flour. Add 1/4 of flour mixture, 1/4 of milk. Continue mixing, alternating flour and milk until all is mixed together. Scrape sides of bowl again, mix final time.
Preheat Dutch Oven with 18 coals on top, 9 on the bottom. Add batter to oven, bake for 25-30 minutes until done. Allow to cool, if desired remove from oven and frost as desired.
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