Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumpkin Custard Cake

recipe provided by Lesley Kershaw Tennessen
This recipe is for a 12" inch DUTCH OVEN
1- 29oz can Pumpkin
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs
½ C. sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C evaporated milk

1 package yellow cake mix
1C chopped pecans:  See Note:
1C butter 
Mix all the filling ingredients and pour into a 12" inch Dutch Oven. A parchment disk may be used in the Dutch Oven if desired. Cut butter into cake mix with a pastry blender or fork. Then sprinkle in 1/2 cup of pecan nuts and pour mixture over the filling.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of the pecan nuts on top evenly. Cook for approximately one hour at 350 degrees ( f ) using 15-17 coals on lid and 11 coals underneath. 
Lesley Kershaw Tennessen
About the Cook: Lesley Kershaw Tennessen.  Lesley teaches others how to effectively cook flavorsome dishes using her cast iron dutch ovens. Originally design as a cookware capable of baking with, the Dutch Oven has been used to prepare delectable meals before the American Revolution. The heavy cast iron cookware survived the Lewis and Clark exposition, the Oregon trail and even the Cattle Drives as they move Texas longhorns to northern markets. While many types of lighter weight cookware has replace cast iron, the Dutch Oven has had a return of popularity in the last decade. Once use on the open fire pits or over the fireplace hearth before the invention of kitchen stoves, Lesley shows how this tool is idea inside and outside the home.
Although, while Lesley has master the art of Dutch Oven cooking, she continues to improve her culinary skills exploring other techniques which took her to Byers, Texas attending Kent Rollins Chuck Wagon Cooking School.  "We learned alot," states Lesley who has been cooking with Dutch Ovens now over ten years. She continued saying, "I got my education in cooking with 'nuclearator' fuel -- the mesquite. Additionally, cooking with various levels of trivets. Then there is the fine art of sourdough and the wonderful Texas twang, of chuckwagon cook Kent Rollins" which I already miss hearing."  Lesley highly recommends Kent's school and plans to return again this next year.
Lesley who has taught her classes at "Women in the Outdoors Day" class, and is a member of several Dutch Oven Societies and will be making an appearance near Newburyport, Massachusetts doing the Village Driveway (DOG) Dutch Oven Gathering. 

Lesley Kershaw Tennessen
 Kent Rollings Cooking School, Photo provided by Lesley Kershaw Tennessen
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