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Gourmet backpacking dessert recipes

By: Laura Moss on June 28, 2011, 8:11 a.m.
camping cheesecake

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Chai Cheesecake

You may be roughing it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a rich dessert.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

*Chai Cheesecake


  • 1 11.1-ounce package instant cheesecake mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric


  1. At home: In a plastic freezer bag combine the cheesecake crust mix, the ground ginger and the crystallized ginger. In a second bag, combine the cheesecake mix, powdered milk and remaining spices.
  2. On the trail: In a pan, combine the cheesecake mix with 1 1/2 cups of water and stir to break up any lumps. Set aside to firm. Once the cake is ready, pour the crust mix over the top and enjoy.

* This dessert works best when made in cooler temperatures.

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