Australians are renowned for their love of sweet delicacies, and there are plenty of delicious pastries and desserts to choose from. From classic dishes like pavlova and lamingtons to modern favourites like choc brownies and apple crumble, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

Pavlova

Pavlova is a soft and fluffy meringue dessert from New Zealand. It’s made with whipped egg whites, sugar, cream and fruit and is often served with passionfruit or berries. Pavlova is a popular choice for Christmas and summer gatherings. To make pavlova, you will need:

  • Four egg whites
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • One teaspoon cornflour
  • One teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
  • Two tablespoons of icing sugar sifted
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit to serve

Method:

Heat the oven to 120°C (fan-forced 100°C). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Egg whites must be whipped with an electric mixer in a clean, dry basin until stiff peaks form.

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Adding sugar gradually, one tablespoon at a time, constantly whisking until sugar dissolves and the mixture is thick and glossy. Add cornflour and vinegar. Combine by gently folding. The mixture should be poured onto the prepared tray and shaped into a 20cm disc with the back of a spoon. Make a tiny indent in the middle of the pavlova.

Reduce oven to 100°C (80°C fan-forced). Bake pavlova for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off the oven. Leave pavlova with the door ajar in the oven to cool completely. Whip cream, icing sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl until thick and creamy. Spoon cream onto the pavlova. Top with fruit. Serve immediately.

Lamingtons

Lamingtons are a classic Australian dessert made from sponge cake dipped in chocolate sauce and coated in desiccated coconut. To make lamingtons, you will need:

  • One quantity of sponge cake (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cream
  • Two tablespoons of rum or brandy (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) desiccated coconut

For the chocolate sauce:

  • 1 cup (250ml) cream
  • 1/2 cup (110g) sugar
  • Three tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • One tablespoon cornflour

Method:

Heat oven to 180°C (160°C fans forced). Grease and line a 20cmx30cm baking tin with baking paper. To make the sponge, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add the baking powder and flour, then fold until mixed.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow cooling completely in the tin. Cut the sponge cake into 24 even pieces.

Combine cream, rum or brandy (if using) and vanilla extract in a bowl. Dip each sponge cake piece in the batter, then in the coconut. Set aside on a wire rack.

To make the chocolate sauce:

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, mix all ingredients until smooth.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Dip each piece of coconut-coated cake into the chocolate sauce, then set aside on the wire rack to cool and firm up.
  • Serve.

Chocolate Brownies

These rich and fudgy chocolate brownies are a surefire hit with everyone! They’re quick, easy to make and can be served as a snack or dessert. To make chocolate brownies, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (220g) sugar
  • Two eggs
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (35g) chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fans forced). Grease and line a 20cmx20cm baking tin with baking paper. Whisk together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a bowl until well combined. Add the flour and cocoa powder by sifting, then fold to mix. Stir through the chocolate chips.

Fill the prepared pan with the mixture, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until only a few moist crumbs remain when a skewer is put into the centre of the brownies. Before cutting into squares, let it cool fully in the baking pan. Serve.

Apple Crumble

This classic apple crumble the perfect winter dessert! It’s simple to make and can be served with cream, ice cream or custard. To make apple crumble, you will need:

  • Six large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (75g) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (25g) chopped walnuts

Method:

Heat oven to 180°C (160°C fans forced). Grease and line a 20cmx30cm baking tin with baking paper. The apples, sugar, and cinnamon should all be combined in a big basin. Then, after adding the melted butter, stir everything together thoroughly.

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Mix the flour, oats, walnuts, and a pinch of salt in another bowl. It should be mixed in well after being added to the apple mixture. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apples are cooked. Serve with cream, ice cream or custard.

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