Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Cheesecake

I don’t do many desserts.  I don’t know why.  I love to make them, and I love to eat them.  But for some reason, I end up cooking more main dishes and breads. 

But today, our family was having a barbecue, and I was asked to dutch oven up some dessert.  I’d been wanting to try a cheesecake for some time.  After a bit of research, I decided on a pumpkin cheesecake recipe I’d found.

I’m not too sure how it turned out.  To my taste, it was bland.  I’m not sure I can fault the recipe, though, as I’d had some troubles with the prep and cooking.  So, you can learn from my mistakes when you try it out for yourself.

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Cheesecake

12” Dutch Oven
10-12 coals below
18-22 coals above

    * 1 pouch of graham crackers
    * 2 sticks butter, melted
    * 1/2 bag chocolate chips

    * 4x 8 Oz packages of cream cheese
    * 1 1/2 cups sugar

    * 1 29 Oz can of Pumpkin Puree
    * 2 tsp Cinnamon
    * 1 tsp Nutmeg
    * 1 tsp Ginger
    * 1/2 tsp salt
    * 4 eggs

    * 1/2 bag chocolate chips

First of all, I lit up some coals.  While that was getting going, I started out making the crust.  I ground up the graham crackers in a bowl, and stirred them in with the butter.  Actually, I used chocolate graham crackers.  I sprayed the inside of the dutch oven with oil spray, and then smoothed the crackers across the bottom to form a crust.  I sprinkled half of the bag of chocolate chips.

Then, in a bowl, I combined the cream cheese and the sugar, stirring it up with a big spoon.  I tried using a pastry cutter, but it didn’t really make it easier.  Then, I stirred in the can of pumpkin.  While I was mixing that, I added the spices and the eggs.

When that was all mixed in, as well as I could, I poured it in on top of the crust, and then topped it off with the rest of the chocolate chips.

Then, I put it on the coals.  It took a long time to cook, and there are a couple of reasons why.  One is that I didn’t take into account the time it takes to heat up the dutch oven.  So, I was anticipating about a 45 minute cook time, and it took much, much longer. 

Another problem was that I spent some of the cooking time inside, not paying attention, and at one point the breeze burned out most of the coals, and I had to scramble to reheat the oven. 

I think that next time I do this, I’ll pay more attention.  I might also add more spices and sugar, because the ending flavor just wasn’t there.


Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including and his MoBoy blog.


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  2. That looks seriously delish!!



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