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Sweeten up your next tramp

Eton Mess. Photo: Mark Banham

Food tastes better in the outdoors, so why skip the best meal of the day? Knowing you’ve got one of these five desserts in your pack will be all the motivation you need to get through even the toughest day of tramping. Best of all, they can all be made at the hut or campsite.

Eton Mess

Eton Mess. Photo: Mark Banham

Put a packet of the meringues in your pack and let the trail do the rest – by the time you reach the hut all you’ll need to do is whip the cream and throw in some dehy berries. If you’ve had a particularly rough trip, the cream may be half whipped already. Get there recipe here

Fruit mince tart and brandy sauce

Fry your Christmas tart on a medium heat for 15 minutes. Photo: Paul Garland

A Christmas treat you can cook in a pan over a fire – busting this out on a backcountry camping trip will seem like a Christmas miracle to your tramping companions. Get there recipe here

Almost instant pudding

Mix ingredients, leave for 20 minutes and you’ve go a choc blueberry chia pot. Photo: Maddy Bellcroft

Anyone can make pudding from a packet, but these homemade chocolate blueberry chia pots are tastier and healthier. Lightweight, energy rich and quick to make, it’s the perfect tramping dessert. Get there recipe here

Potbelly rice pudding

Rice pudding. Photo: Mark Banham

A dessert you can make with the leftovers in your pack, this is the dish to whip up for the final night of a multi-day tramp. The base is made from white rice, milk powder, sugar and chocolate. Get there recipe here

Baileys bread and butter pudding

Bailey’s Bread and Butter Pudding. Photo: Mark Banham

Pack a bit of white bread, some dried fruit, a little Baileys, sugar, and some milk and custard powder and voila, dessert sorted. It takes just 20 minutes to cook at the hut or campsite. Get there recipe here

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