How to make Tiramisu when hiking

Here’s a completely decadent (yet dead easy) tiramisu dessert, for when you’ve had a tough day on the track.

I made it on the last day of a 6 day trip to a remote part of Western Australia and it was the perfect celebratory end to a great week exploring the Kimberley region.

Tiramisu Recipe Hiking


  • Savoiardi Biscuits (aka Italian Ladyfingers) 1 per person
  • 1 Coffee bag
  • 1 packet Tiramisu mix (look in the jelly section of the supermarket)
  • 125ml UHT milk carton
  • Full cream milk powder


  • Liqueur – Tia Maria, Kahlua, Frangelico (or even Cointreau for a different flavour!)
  • For decoration – I used Lindt Raspberry chocolate – 1 square per person
  • Chocolate covered freeze dried blueberries or raspberries
  • Paper cup cake/muffin pans


  1. Put the coffee bag in a full cup of warm water and brew.
  2. Lay the biscuits in a takeaway (or ice-cream) container.
  3. Drizzle the coffee over the biscuits to soak them through. If using liqueur, reduce the amount of the coffee by 1/4 to 1/2 and top up with liqueur – drizzle over. Set biscuits aside for at least 30 mins.
  4. In a medium sized billy or cooking pot (1-2 litres), mix up the tiramisu powder to the instructions on the packet, including adding the milk and/or milk powder to the required amounts.
  5. Whip up a frenzy in the billy with a fork if you don’t have a mini-camp whisk.
  6. When well whipped through, put the lid on the billy and place the whole billy in the river or creek (deep enough to just cover the height of the mix), with a rock on top to weigh it down and stop it floating away. Leave to cool.
  7. When ready to serve, place 1/2 a soaked biscuit in the bottom of each cup cake pan, then a spoonful of tiramisu mix, then the other 1/2 biscuit, before finishing with a spoon of tiramisu on top.
  8. Decorate (optional) with freeze dried blueberries or raspberries and a square of Lindt.
  9. Indulge!
Tiramisu Recipe Hiking
By using paper cupcake pans, you can burn them on the campfire (or they’re super light to carry out) and removes any need for washing up.

Top Tips for making Tiramisu on the trail

  • Carry the biscuits inside your backpack in a rectangular ice-cream or takeaway food container. By day 6 of my trip, my takeaway container had cracked, but for only a couple of days it would’ve been fine. You can then use that container to soak the biscuits or to make the full dessert in.
  • If you’re saving pack weight, replace the UHT milk carton with additional powdered milk to mix up.
  • You can burn the paper cup cake pans on the campfire… if you have one. No need to wash up! Squeeee!
  • You can download a printable PDF of this recipe here.
  • Check out other great food ideas for outdoors adventures here.
Tiramisu Recipe Hiking
Recipe serves 6

Writer, producer and content creator by trade, search and rescue volunteer by passion, Caro Ryan started to inspire, teach and encourage people to get into hiking and the outdoors safely.

It’s all about connecting people to wild places in meaningful ways, so they can look after themselves, their mates and these precious places we visit.

She teaches wilderness navigation, authored the book, ‘How to Navigate’ and hosts, ‘Rescued - an Outdoor Podcast for Hikers and Adventurers.

In the bottom of her pack you'll find coffee grounds, instant noodles past their used by date and an insatiable curiosity.

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