Trail Chef: Make Tiramisu in Camp!

Impress your buddies with this easy-and-yummy dessert.
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Impress your buddies with this easy-and-yummy dessert.

Sometimes, the same old camping food just won't cut it. Sometimes, you've gotta cook to impress. Maybe you're in charge of group dessert, or you're competing in a cookoff, or you're trying to woo your hiking partner. Whatever the reason, have we got a gourmet dessert for you: backcountry tiramisu.

That's right. We're taking the gooey Italian confection out of its classy bistro and into the woods. With a few tweaks—instant pudding and espresso powder, anyone?—you can make a treat to end all treats. Here's how to do it.

CAMP TIRAMISU

Serves 2-3.

1/3 cup water

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

2 tablespoons Kahlua (get one of those mini-bottles from the liquor store)

3.4-ounce packet of instant white chocolate pudding

2 cups milk (use 2/3 cup powdered milk plus 2 cups water)

16 ladyfingers

Dark chocolate

1. Heat water to a boil, then mix in espresso and Kahlua.

2. Make pudding according to package directions.

3. Place six ladyfingers in the bottom of a pot; drizzle with half of the espresso mixture, then half of the pudding over it. Repeat to form a second layer.

4. Use a pocketknife to shave thin strips of chocolate on top and serve.

—Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan