Class Up Your Next Camp Meal With This Instant Tiramisu Recipe

Feeling fancy? Get the luxury of the classic Italian dessert with a fraction of the work (or weight).

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Who says light and luxurious are mutually exclusive? With a little know-how, you can add a touch of class to your dinners on even the most rugged backpacking trips. Case in point: this backcountry tiramisu recipe, which comes together with powdered milk, instant espresso, vanilla pudding, and a few ladyfingers. Do we have your stomach growling? We’ve collected this and 5 more perfect backpacking desserts for Outside+ members. Sign up today and get all of them and more.

This camping-friendly take on a classic Italian confection is so good, you’ll probably dream about it. Makes 3 servings


1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
2 tablespoons Kahlua
1 3.4-ounce packet instant white chocolate pudding
2/3 cup powdered milk
16 ladyfingers
Dark chocolate
Cocoa powder and coffee beans for garnish (optional)

At home: Pack all ingredients separately.

In camp: Heat water to a boil, then mix in espresso and Kahlua. Rehydrate milk according to the package, then use it to make pudding according to package directions. Place six ladyfingers in the bottom of a pot; drizzle with half the espresso mixture, then spread half the pudding over it. Repeat to form a second layer. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and use a pocketknife to shave thin strips of chocolate on top and serve. (Alternatively, garnish with a couple of whole coffee beans.) Spoon onto plates, or eat it straight from the pot.

—Backpacker Editors