A very ‘a-peeling’ camp treat

Citrus is great to take camping – it is robust against all that 4X4 touring and can last a long time out of the fridge. I’m a bit of a sucker (pun intended) for a sweet and tangy dessert combination, but nothing leaves me more sour than a big pile of baking dishes – especially when I am camping. This recipe is so quick and easy, you’ll be back in the camp chair wondering what drink to put that extra slice of lemon into in no time.

Slice ingredients:
  • 1 x 250g packet of plain biscuits (e.g. Nice™, Milk Arrowroot™ etc)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 200ml (2/3 cup) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 large lemon
  • 2 limes  
    (or for a subtler flavour, replace lemon and limes with 2 oranges)
Icing ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp (approximately) citrus juice from above fruit
  • 1½ cups
    icing sugar
  • 1 tsp butter


  • Line a lidded slice container or metal slice tray with baking paper.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan and allow to cool slightly. The saucepan will be your mixing bowl – yippee, less washing-up!
  • Finely grate all of the rind from the lemon and two limes.
  • Crush biscuits to a fine crumb – see Hints.
  • Stir condensed milk and grated rind into saucepan with melted butter.
  • Add coconut and biscuit crumb to saucepan and mix until all ingredients are moist and well combined.
  • Press mixture firmly into container/tray with a metal fork or spoon.
  • Wipe out saucepan with some paper towel.
  • Melt extra butter and add icing sugar to saucepan.
  • Initially add about 1½ tbsp of combined lemon/lime juice and combine well. Add more juice if needed to make a spreadable consistency.
  • Spread icing evenly over slice, cover and pop in the car fridge to set for at least an hour.
  • Cut into slices and enjoy. But I warn you – one is never enough!

Pre-crushing biscuits at home

This is the easiest approach. A day or two before you leave for camping, break the biscuits into a food processor and chop to a fine crumb. Add the coconut (this does not need to be processed) and pour into a sandwich-size snaplock bag.


Crushing biscuits at camp

A little more work, but this can be quite satisfying to release some tension. Break the biscuits into smaller pieces by hand and put into a plastic bag. Expel all the air and wrap in a tea towel. Get the hammer from the peg bag and crush away – but don’t go all Ninja Warrior on it as you may split the bag.