Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
7 desserts for your next trip to the countryside

Today’s post comes from Jill Sorensen., The sweetest in Quetico Provincial Park.

Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary during your backcountry camping trip?

Here are some of my favorite treats to make your day even more special.

Even if there is no occasion, food is a very important part of any trip and a total morale boost after long days. Why not add a little sweetness to your next adventure?

Cheesecake with Blueberries

woman holding cheesecake

Read the directions on the back of a no-bake cheesecake mix. In the countryside, I change butter for oil and milk for powdered milk.


  • Boxed Crust No-Bake Cheesecake Mix
  • oil or equivalent
  • sugar
  • milk powder
  • optional toppings (cookie crumbs, packed berries, etc.)

pour cheesecake into base

On your site:

  • Mix the oil and sugar with the base as directed on the box. Press the crust into a deep plate or skillet.
  • Mix the milk powder with cold water and then add the cheesecake mix. I like to do all of this in a bottle of water and shake it for about three minutes. You can do this in a container or a sealable bag.
  • Pour cheesecake mixture over crust and smooth. Let the cake harden. On a hot July day it will never be as firm as if you put it in the refrigerator, but it will come close.
  • Add ingredients before serving.
  • Optional: For added flavor, I’ll heat my berries for a minute on a camp stove with a little sugar. This makes a delicious cranberry sauce!

    sweet fast

    woman holding a piece of fudge

    It’s great to make and let it sit while you set up camp! A little goes a long way.


    • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tablespoon peanut butter chips
    • 1+ tablespoon walnuts
    • aluminum plate

    At home:

  • Pre-measure ingredients into a resealable bag.
  • On your site:

    person mixing fudge

  • To make a double boiler (and avoid burning the fudge), bring about an inch of water to a boil in a deep saucepan or pot.
  • Pour the ingredients into a foil dish and place over a boiling pot. The chocolate and peanut butter chips will begin to melt.
  • Stir until everything is melted and the powdered sugar is completely incorporated.
  • Set the aluminum plate aside and let the fudge cool. Once it is hard you can cut it with a knife and it should “pop” off the plate.
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    Leftover Apple Crisp

    crisp apple

    When camping in the backcountry, I usually grab some leftover granola or oatmeal from breakfast and leftover nuts from trail mix. Apple crumble is a great way to use them up on your last night!


    Apple Crisp Bowls Enjoyed Backcountry

    • 2 cups of dried apples
    • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • 1 cup granola (or oats and butter)
    • optional toppings (almonds, walnuts, other nuts, etc.)

    On your site:

  • Lightly boil 2/3 cup water and add the apples.
  • Put the stove on low heat. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and stir as the sugar dissolves and the apples soften. It should thicken.
  • Add granola and other toppings.
  • Coconut rice pudding for backpackers

    ingredients that go into the pot

    This super light dessert is perfect for longer trips since it doesn’t spoil. It also takes very little time to cook.

    Experiment and try a different type of pudding!

    Serves four


    • 2/3 cup dehydrated coconut milk (can substitute powdered milk)
    • 1 1/2 cup instant white rice
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
    • one 3.4-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
    • optional toppings (dried coconut, raisins, berries, chocolate, etc.)

    At home:

  • Pre-measure ingredients into a resealable bag.
  • On your site:

  • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add the rice, cinnamon, sugar and pudding mix to the water. Stir for a minute.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Add toppings. (I also know chocoholics who have added a large dollop of Nutella!)
  • Kids’ Favorite: Earthen Pudding

    gummy worms in chocolate pudding

    This is my go-to when traveling with kids as it’s super quick and doesn’t require heat. It’s also easy to adapt to lactose intolerance by swapping powdered milk for powdered coconut milk.

    woman holding nalgene


    • chocolate pudding mix
    • powdered milk (or coconut milk powder)
    • cookies and/or cookie crumbs
    • gummy worms

    On your site:

  • Read the pudding package to find out how much powdered milk and water to add. The colder the water, the better.
  • Mix well and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add cookie crumbs and gummy worms on top.
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    Before moving on to the baking recipes…

    Oven, burn destroyer, clock.Indoor oven, burn destroyer, clock.

    I recommend purchasing these tools:

    • a indoor oven, fry bakeeither dutch oven It is essential for baking. For cakes, cinnamon rolls, and brownies, it doesn’t get any better. Look for ones with a temperature indicator.
    • to burn destroyer or other device to disperse heat more evenly along the bottom of the cookware. It will prevent baked goods from burning.
    • to look. You don’t want to lift the lid and lose all that heat to check if your cake is fluffy all the time. A clock will allow you to sit back and relax once it’s a comfortable baking temperature on your camp stove.

    Birthday cake

    sliced ​​birthday cake on a plate


    • cake mix
    • eggs (as directed on the box)
    • oil
    • water (you can also add dried milk if you like)
    • premade frosting
    • sprinkles

    On your site:

    person putting icing on the cake

  • Grease your interior oven and preheat it when it is in the “baking zone.”
  • Mix your cake ingredients and pour them into the oven. I recommend doing this in the field.
  • Return oven to stove. Set a timer on your watch according to the cake mix instructions, sit back and let the cake rise.
  • Test your cake to make sure it is fully cooked. Then remove the cake from the oven so it doesn’t overcook. I like to turn mine onto a clean plate.
  • Add frosting, sprinkles and candles.
  • Sing happy birthday!
  • Crossing brownies

    woman holding brownie on a plate

    Do you have a chocolate lover on your trip? This will surely impress you.


    • brownie mix
    • eggs (as directed on the box)
    • oil (as indicated on the box)
    • water (you can also add dried milk if you like)
    • premade frosting
    • ingredients of your choice

    bread collage, brownie in bread

    On your site:

  • Grease your interior oven and preheat it until you are in the “baking zone.”
  • Mix brownie batter ingredients according to box directions and pour into oven.
  • Return oven to stove. Set a timer on your watch according to the brownie mix instructions, sit back and let the brownies rise.
  • Test your brownies to make sure they are fully cooked.
  • Add frosting, toppings and enjoy!
  • It’s so nice to enjoy a warm dessert on a cool summer night!