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12/08/2010 02:29PM  
Let's start a Cook Book. Please post your favorite DESSERT recipes here. No comments - Only recipes.
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12/08/2010 11:11PM  
Bisquick Mix according to directions. (I add Nido powdered whole milk or buy 'Add Water Only Mix')

Add dashes of cinnamon, small dash nutmeg, cap of vanilla, some sugar and slow fry a big THIN pan Bisquick. Top with instant Lemon Pudding set up or not. Devour.
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12/09/2010 05:46PM  
Cinnamon Apples

4 pcs 24 inch length of aluminum foil
4 T Red cinnamon candies
4 T Seedless raisins
4 Lg Tart apples - cored

Dot with butter
Cut four 24 inch lengths of heavy duty aluminum foil and fold in half.
Place one cored apple in center of each foil square
Fill hole with one tablespoon each of red cinnamon candies and seedless raisins.
Bring foil up loosely over apple and twist ends together to seal well.
Cook foil package over glowing coals til done, about 25 min
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12/10/2010 12:26PM  
Well, my favorite learned from my scoutmaster over 40 years ago.

Partially split a banana lengthwise - on the inside of the curve - with skin left on. Put some pieces of chocolate into the slit. Wrap in foil and set in coals with slit side up. Eat with a spoon. Butter, brown sugar optional or alternates.
12/10/2010 08:13PM  
Open Face Pie

One box pie crust mix- mix according to package directions and press into bottom and sides of two jello molds.

1 1/2 c dried blueberries - soak in a small amount of hot water until they start to plump up a bit, then add 1/4 C sugar and 2 Tbs cornstarch

Pour the berry mixture into the pie crust. Bake in jello mold ovens over low heat until it's bubbly and starting to brown on the edges.

LET IT COOL! Otherwise, you will burn the s*** out of your mouth (but it will still taste good)

Serves 6-8
12/11/2010 07:04AM  
Bluberry Muffins

Go to Store and Get Pillsbury Add Water only Mix.
Grease Pan (I use liquid oil - same stuff I cook fish in.)

Put in Reflector Oven.


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12/12/2010 10:29AM  
Jello instant Cheese cake. make according to the instructions on the box. Sets up most of the way in the late summer trips. This goes with me on every trip.
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12/19/2010 08:54AM  
Campfire Apple Crisp
(from Teresa Morrone's Back-Country Kitchen)

In small plastic bag:
3/4 cup dried apple slices
4 t brown sugar
1 1/2 t corn starch
1 t butter buds (optional)

In quart bag:
3/4 cup granola
2 t brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/2 nutmeg

Bag up before trip.

At camp add 3/4 C water, stir well. Top with granola mix, then cook over medium heat until bubbly (10-15 min). Remove cover and cook another five minutes to crisp topping.
01/06/2011 11:54AM  
found this in Backpacker magazine. haven't tried it, but sounds delish

1 tube of store bought crescent rolls
1 can apple pie filling
1 package crushed walnuts or almonds
aluminum foil

empty apple pie filling into zip top bag and double bag it

Crescent dough typically comes packaged as six attached triangles. Separate triangles two at a time so you have three crescents total. Place filling and nuts onto the crescents, and roll them up. For each, create foil pouches that cover the dough; place them in coals near the fires edge (not directly in flames). Flip after three minutes, bake for about three more minutes (until golden), then unwrap and enjoy. Serves 3.
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01/08/2011 12:30AM  
Peel a thin strip from the inside curve of a banana, carve out a small wedge all along the length. Fill with peanut butter, chocolate and marshmallow. replace small banana wedge and peel. wrap in foil and place over coals to warm and melt. eat carefully b/c it can be very warm. yummmmmm
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01/10/2011 05:34AM  
Take a thick skinned, nice sized orange and slice across about 1/4 from top.
Spoon out all pulp/juice with a spoon. (Eat it.)
Fill cavity of orange bowl 3/4 full with cake or muffin batter. Place orange cap on top. Wrap in foil. Place in bed of hot coals (topside up) for 20-25 mins. Enjoy.
01/10/2011 12:11PM  
Oreo cookies packed in an old Pringles can. Mix up some powdered milk the night before and sink into deep part of lake over night. Nothing quit like oreo's and cold milk.
01/31/2011 01:01AM  
Vanilla pudding and fruit

Cache Bay's vanilla pudding and water
add in favorite dried fruit (strawberry, raspberry, etc.) while mixing.

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02/01/2011 05:07PM  
Darn Goods

Deep fry thumb-sized pieces of the kind of biscuit dough that comes in a tube. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Oh, yeah.
03/16/2011 10:38PM  
Rice Pudding

1 cup Minute Rice
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup Instant Milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon Lemonade Powder

Bag all ingredients together. In camp add mixture to 2 cups boiling water. Stir. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 4 servings. Fast. Easy. Good.
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05/29/2011 08:59PM  

Easy peasy.

Serves 2

Backpackers Pantry Mocha Mousse
Reese's Pieces

Make Mocha Mousse according to directions (just add water!). Sprinkle Reese's Pieces on top.
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06/15/2011 08:41PM  
Blueberry Cobbler in a Jello Mold Oven (adapted/stolen from FreeLeo)

Here's what FreeLeo said: "We had a good JMO cobbler. I pre-measured the ingredients into Ziplocs. For the filling 4-6 Tbs reg or brown sugar, 3/4tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbs cornstarch, add to fruit with a small amt of water ,mix & put in jello mold. Topping: 1/2 C flour, 1/2 C light brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 C chopped pecans. Add 1/4 cup butter or marg. to the bag when preparing and mash around till mixed then cut a small hole in bag and squish all over the top of the fruit. Not sure how long it cooked, we kept checking till it seemed like the topping was crusty and fruit was bubbling. Some of the fruit we used was dried apricots we chopped up and rehydrated for a while, that's why I'm not sure how much water to add to the fruit. You can add nutmeg to either part too, if you like nutmeg."

Here are my changes: I skipped the pecans and nutmeg and used white sugar with the berries but brown sugar on top. Grease your pan and keep the heat low. See the thread on Jello Mold Ovens for tips.

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08/14/2011 07:04PM  

1 Box Jello Instant pudding mix (we like vanilla) less than a buck$$$
1 1/2 cup powdered milk
2 Cups water (colder the better)

Mix powdered milk and water until no lumps
Add pudding mix and stir 5 min. Set aside for dessert with a meal

A lot cheaper than the prepackaged dessert puddings and really good...
you could eat it with vanilla wafers.

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10/04/2011 12:02PM  
Packit Gourmet Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust.

Mix the flavors of New York Cheesecake with the spiciness of pumpkin and you have a flavorful, cool weather treat that is a cinch to make. This was our favorite dessert on a 9 day trip.

Takes 5 minutes. Just add water and top with gingersnap crumbles.

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08/24/2012 09:06AM  
Rhubarb Upsidedown cake

Jello mold oven recipe

cover the bottom of the JMO with about 1.5" of diced rhubarb. Pack in some brown sugar and cut some butter pats onto it. Prepare yellow cake mix as directed, but add a can (or 12 oz. of bottled) of cream soda instead of eggs and oil, and pour over the rhubarb. Cook in the JMO unitl it looks done. Wait 5 minutes and turn it out. Dab tears of joy while it cools a bit. Eat.
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09/06/2012 11:29AM  

- Package of Vanilla Wafers cookies
- 1/2 cup strong coffee
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup of rum
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Instant vanilla pudding – mixed up with powdered milk and not-quite-enough water
- 4-6 oz of ricotta cheese
- Cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix

Arrange cookies in bottom of 7" to 9" dish or pan
Mix coffee, half the sugar, rum, vanilla and pour over cookies
Allow to soak while prepping the rest of the recipe
Mix pudding & milk, ricotta, rest of the sugar together and mix well
Spoon over the cookies
Dust with cocoa powder
10/01/2012 07:46PM  
Pumpkin Crunch Dump Cake

1 can (15 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 box yellow cake mix
2 cups pecans
1 cup butter, melted

First I lined my 10" Dutch Oven with heavy duty aluminum foil.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon & salt. Pour mixture into Dutch Oven.

Sprinkle the cake mix over the top. Do not stir. Add pecans to top of cake mix. Drizzle with melted butter OR you can just 'dot' the top with the butter and it will melt in as it cooks.

Cover Dutch Oven and cook/bake for 50 minutes to an hour.
Charcoals: 10 on the bottom in a ring and 15 on the top.

Would really be great with ice cream or even whipped cream in a can.

If you want to make this at home you can just use a greased 9 x 13 cake pan, bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

10/02/2012 09:52PM  
Anybody not like cookie dough? Open a bag of cookie dough and pour half into a small mixing bowl. Add water, butter, and oil to taste and desired consist when mixed. Divide between 2 to 3 people and eat. Repeat with other half of mix later on in the week.
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08/08/2013 04:47PM  
Snack Pies on the Fire

Simple and ready-made. We don't eat these at home, but camping, they're pretty tasty and quick. We find them in a box, so they pack and travel well.

Single Serve Apple, Cherry or Lemon pie. (like Entenmann's)

Wrap in foil and warm over fire.

04/29/2014 03:51PM  
Another Dump Cake Recipe

Peach Coconut Dump Cake

2 large cans (29 ounces each) peaches in syrup
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. Pour canned peaches with juice into pan. Pour cake mix over peaches. Drizzle butter over the top. Next, sprinkle 3/4 cup brown sugar on top and bake for 30 minutes. Then top with chopped pecans and shredded coconut and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Dutch Oven Method: Line pan with foil. Follow above directions except sprinkle the nuts and coconut on top before cooking For a 350 degree bake use 25-30 coals. 8-10 on the bottom and 15-18 on top.

Heat/bake for one hour. Replace coals as needed as they burn out.

Queen Dump Cake
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05/24/2014 06:46PM  
Fresh Raspberry cheesecake

1 box instant cheesecake mix
powdered milk (if needed for cheesecake mix)

Fresh raspberries

Make the cheesecake as directed on box. Works better early or late in season when cold water helps cheesecake set up.

Mix 2-3 cups of fresh picked raspberries, 1-2 tablespoons of sugar and water to mix. cook the mix until it comes to a boil then cool. pour over the cheesecake when ready.

Also works with pudding but use less sugar or just add raspberries raw. Any other fresh picked berries works as well.
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06/02/2014 09:25PM  
We have our new favorite jello mold cake recipe. We used to buy Jiffy Mixes and frostings. Our little store in our little town no longer carry them. So in planning for an upcoming trip we figured out a new recipe.
1/2 box cake mix (we used German chocolate)
dried egg of your choice (mix into cake mix and put in bag)
Put in separate bag:
chocolate chips
toasted unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup water
Mix water with cake mix. Add coconut mixture. Spread in jello mold and bake. Doesn't need frosting because of course you eat it hot off the stove.

I was also considering other cake mix combos.....
Lemon cake with white chips, coconut and almond.
Spice or Carrot cake with butterscotch and walnuts or pecans.
White cake with white chips and Jordan Almonds.
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06/25/2014 07:56PM  
Malberg Pie:

On our last night, we stayed on Malberg for the trip out from Alice, and found tons of raspberries and blueberries. I foraged for hours with my lab, Murphy, who had a super time ;) Then, I used the last of our leftover ingredients from s'mores and apple crisp to whip up a desert that we named Malberg Pie.

First, I mixed the berries with my leftover cinnamon sugar mix. The longer you can let this mixture sit with occasional stirring, the more time the sugar has to break down the fruit and make it more syrupy.

I formed a crust from leftover crushed graham crackers, flour, and melted butter.

Then, placed the fruit mixture into the crust, and toped it with a handful of marshmallows, some hot pepper spiced chocolate, and a cinnamon/sugar/granola/butter mixture (also left over from the apple crisp).

I did all of this in my alpine fry-bake, cooked the grate over a campfire, with a small fire on top too. It was FLAME ;)

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08/13/2015 09:14PM  
We just returned from a kayak trip to the San Juan Islands. Our guides prepared this in a Dutch oven. It was obviously a keeper, so we did it in the jello-mold a week later in the Sylvania Wilderness and it was even better.
Grease the JMO pan.
Open a crescent roll tube. Onto each triangle place an eighth of an apple and an eighth of a nectarine. Wrap 'em up and put all eight in the pan. They can touch each other.
Melt 3/4 of a stick of butter. Add about 3/4 cup of brown sugar and a tsp of vanilla extract. Drizzle evenly over the crescent rolls. Now, drizzle about 4 oz of ginger beer over the whole works. (WHAT? yep.)
Cook it till it is done, about 35 or 40 minutes I suppose. It'll look a little like caramel rolls.
Keep a hanky or something handy for eating them as you will likely weep softly.
10/09/2015 06:16PM  
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02/05/2016 08:45AM  
Creamy Rice Pudding

Ingredients / makes 3 servings for dessert

1 1/2 cups cooked rice (can use leftover rice from Chinese delivery)
1 cup milk
1 cup almond milk (optional-can use all milk)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

To bring along-small shaker of cinnamon & sugar mixed

20 mins
45 mins

In a clean saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups milk/almond milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup milk/almond milk & beaten egg, temper egg mixture (by adding some hot rice mixture to the egg mixture & wisking quickly-then add it to the pot of rice wisking constantly), add raisins; cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla & cinnamon, If desired.

Dehydrate at 145' on 2 lightly oiled trays for 6 hours. Flip over, rotate trays & dry 6 more hours, flip again & dry 2 more hrs. Can break up & stir during process or leave whole & break up after its dried.

Vacuum seal in double plastic bag, wrap in parchment or foil to avoid punctures.
Rehydrate with boiling water, let sit for 2 hours, stir frequently. Serve warm or cold.
Add - nuts, granola, fruit, cinnamon & sugar sprinkled on top.

Hearty, something different, can serve hot or cold. Creamy & delicious on its own or add in fruit or granola for more flavor.

Pictures of the process are listed under "rice pudding" a thread I started when I started experimenting with this recipe.

10/04/2016 10:17AM  
Caramel Apple Stew;
This is a simple tasty warm dessert for two people.

We use (2) pouches of pre-made applesauce, some apple chips, Kraft Caramels, and chopped pecans.

Put apple sauce in a small pot and start to warm. Add dehydrated apple chips and simmer until apple chip reconstitute and applesauce thickens. Toss in Kraft Caramels (we dice these up into 4 pcs. each). When the Caramels start to get soft, transfer to small bowls, and top with chopped nuts.

Nice thing about this is we use ingredients we use for many other breakfast and dessert meals on the same trip.
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03/17/2017 01:03PM  
Here was a crowd pleaser from my aluminum dutch oven in the BWCA. Pineapple upside down cake

1 yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 20-ounce can pineapple slices
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
12 maraschino cherries

Melt the butter in the dutch oven. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bottom. Place the pineapple slices and cherries. Mix the eggs, batter and oil in ziplock bag and squirt over the pineapples and cherries. The coal ratio is about 70/30 top to bottom. Every couple of minutes I quarter turn the whole pot and the lid to prevent hotspots. About 40 minutes at 350.

01/14/2020 09:58AM  
Years ago, in an effort to reduce pack weight and meal preparation time, I switched away from the more elaborate desserts. Now I just give everyone a couple of mints to cleanse the pallet after meal time. The guys in my group actually prefer it since we are generally stuffed after the main course :-)
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