|Rating:||8.4 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.5 / 2.5|
|Taste||2.1 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.5 / 2.5|
The Back Country Cuisine range of outdoor meals is probably the best known in Australia. However for many people the range of desserts is not as well known with hikers often forgoing this luxury on the trail. While Back Country produces a range of five desserts it is rare to see the full range in any one store as most tend to pick the best two or three to sell.
The desserts come as twin serve sizings with no single serves available unlike the main course options available. However, it is not hard to convince me to eat the lot after a really hard day particularly as the desserts are high in calories compared to the main courses.
This dessert is very easy to prepare and as long as you can boil water then you are set with preparation time requiring only ten minutes. The dessert comes in a bag that is well designed and the bottom opens out to provide a flat base for those minimalists who want to leave the bowl at home. The option exists to tear the top off the bag to allow easy access to the food but you if you have a long handled spoon you won’t need to tear the bag. My other reason for not tearing the top off the bag is that you minimise any mess and after you’re done because you can re-zip the zip lock.
While the recommendation is to use 300 ml of water to rehydrated this amount provides an almost soup consistency. It has taken me four attempts to get the water level just right and I would recommend using 240 ml of water to get a consistency you would expect out of a crumble or a pie. I would also suggest rehydrating for 12 minutes rather than the recommended 10 minutes.
Taste wise this dessert is loaded with apricot and it’s nice and sweet. I would rank this dessert option as third choice after the Backcountry Apple Pie and the Strawberry Ambrosia but well ahead of the Cheesecake. I still enjoy the taste of apricot and would be happy to rotate it through the meal choice on longer trips when I will usually eat dessert every two to three nights particularly during the colder weather when I want something warm before going bed.
The normal price sits around the AUD $16.99 mark which works out to $8.50/person. Most of the larger outdoor stores offer member discounts or have regular sales so its worthwhile looking around. These products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up during the regular sales.
An easy to prepare dessert whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking. When you’re feeling a bit flat after a hard day it’s hard not to feel chirpy again after eating one of these desserts
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This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker
The dessert as purchased
The bottom of the bag opens out to provide a flat surface. Opening out the base will allow the dessert to more evenly rehydrate. If you don’t open the base fully, you can get ‘dry pieces’
Uncooked desert in the now opened bag.
The desert now rehydrated