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Sweet Baking & Desserts

Try out some delicious desserts and legendary baked treats from the ballerina-inspired Pavlova to the wholesome crunch of the ANZAC Biscuit.

Mini Pavlovas with Pomegranates Recipe
Recipe for mini pavlovas and pomegranate seeds

Ricotta with Honey & Pistachios
Ricotta with Honey & Pistachios

Chocolate Cake with Fresh Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt
Recipe for Chocolate Cake with Fresh Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Sago with Mango and Toasted Coconut
Recipe for Sago with Mango and Toasted Coconut

Top 10 Winter Desserts
List of top 10 winter desserts

Afghan Biscuits
Afghan Biscuits are a Kiwi favorite. The chocolate and cornflake biscuit, also known as a "cookie" is topped with chocolate icing and walnuts or flaked almonds.

ANZAC Biscuit
Also known as a "cookie" in North America, the ANZAC Biscuit is made with simple ingredients. This delicious and crunchy biscuit is easy to make and will last for ages -- provided they don't get gobbled up too quickly!

Apple & Cinnamon Damper
"Damper" is a traditional Australian bread made without yeast and consisting usually of just flour, water, salt and a little sugar. This particular recipe spices up damper with the combination of grated apple, fragrant cinnamon and brown sugar. The hot damper is then spread with a little butter and topped with rich, dark maple syrup. Can you resist?

Apple and Passionfruit Crumble
A delicious apple and tropical passionfruit crumble topped with crunchy ANZAC biscuits and vanilla ice-cream. A delicious treat for winter or summer.

Apple strudel with strawberry sauce and vanilla ice cream
This apple strudel with strawberry sauce and vanilla ice cream makes a delicious and low-fat dessert that's simple to make and absolutely delicious to eat.

Apricot scones
In this recipe, buttermilk scones are dotted with dried apricots.

Australian and New Zealand Party Dessert Gallery
Treat friends and family to a selection of party goodies from chocolate oat cookies to coconut macaroons. Find the perfect desserts for birthdays or seasonal celebrations like Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Australian and New Zealand Sweet Baking Gallery
Australian and New Zealand Sweet Baking Gallery

Baked Rice Custard with Vanilla Poached Plums
Treat yourself to a delicious, creamy baked rice custard topped with vanilla poached plums.

Delicious homemade baklava made with a mixture of cashews, almonds and pistachio nuts.

Banana and Passionfruit Pavlova
This light as a feather Pavlova is adorned with freshly whipped cream, bananas and passionfruit. A stunning tropical dessert that's both impressive and delicious.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Banana cake is pretty delicious on its own but imagine it topped with a crust of brown sugar, chocolate chips and macadamia nuts -- unbeatable!

Banana yogurt cake
Sweet, moist and delicious, this banana yogurt cake is a family favorite.

Basic Dark Chocolate Truffles
Try out this easy recipe with step-by-step instructions for dazzling truffles.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart
Treat yourself a slice of two of a blueberry cream cheese tart. It's so easy to make, you'll be enjoying it in no time!

Brandied Peaches
These gorgeous brandied peaches make a wonderful topping for pancakes, ice-cream or enjoy with a dollop of clotted cream for dessert. They require three months of bottling before serving. It's worth the wait! Brandied peaches also make a wonderful food gift.

Bread & Butter Pudding
Try and delicious, simple Challah bread and butter pudding with brandied sultanas, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Caramelized Macadamia Nuts
Caramelized macadamia nuts -- one of the easiest things to make and delicious on their own or sprinkled on salads.

Champange Jelly with Blueberries & Pomegranate
A simple yet dazzling dessert of champagne jelly with fresh blueberries and juicy pomegranate seeds.

Chocolate Chip Cornflake Cookies
An easy and delicious recipe for crunchy chocolate chip and cornflake cookies.

Chocolate Cream Pots with Sour Cherries
Something decadent for chocolate-lovers out there -- dark chocolate cream pots with sour cherries.

Chocolate fondant
The perfect chocolate fondant pudding should be soft, spongy cake on the outside with a center that oozes with chocolaty goodness.

Chocolate Melting Moment Cookies
Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate melting moment cookies filled with creamy vanilla icing.

Chocolate mousse eclairs
Canapes don't always have to be savory. Try these delightfully decadent little morsels -- chocolate mousse eclairs -- perfectly sweet mouthfuls that will satisfy any chocolate craving.

Chocolate Mousse Profiteroles
One of my favorite desserts -- chocolate mousse profiteroles. Made from choux pastry the profiteroles are light and airy and make the perfect little pouches for wickedly delicious dark chocolate mousse.

Chocolate Oat Cookies
These delicious chocolate oat cookies are simple and fun to make. You can decorate them with smarties, colored sprinkles or nuts.

Chocolate Roulade
Filled with Grand Marnier cream and topped with chocolate-covered raspberries, this chocolate roulade is the ultimate Christmas dessert.

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Simply delicious shortbread cookies topped with dark chocolate.

Chocolate Strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries -- how much more decadent can you get? These luxurious treats are so easy to make and ideal to serve at a dinner party.

Christmas Currant Shortbread Cookies
The Christmas currant shortbread cookie will melt in your mouth. It's impossible to stop at just one.

Coconut and Mango Friands
The Friand is an almond meal cake originally from France. It is usually flavored with fresh raspberries or citrus fruits. This particular recipe uses fresh tropical mango and desiccated coconut.

Coconut and Raspberry Bread
Try out this easy recipe for homemade coconut and raspberry bread. Delicious on its own or great toasted with a little butter and jam.

Coconut Macaroons
Try out this simple recipe for mouthwatering coconut macaroons. The golden coconut stacks are crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside.

Creme Caramel
Creme Caramels are surprisingly easy to prepare and make elegant dinner party desserts.

Custard Step by Step Instructions
Learn how to make basic vanilla custard with step-by-step instructions.

Dark Chocolate Mousse
Wow taste buds with this airy, rich and decadent dark chocolate mousse.

Easter chocolate cupcakes
Treat yourself to these gorgeous dark chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate icing and an mini Easter egg.

Easy chocolate cake
A simple recipe for easy chocolate cake that's moist and delicious. Topped with chocolate buttercream icing and fresh strawberries.

Floretines are thin flaked almond and caramel cookies coated with dark chocolate. Step-by-step recipe included.

Gingerbread men
Get into the festive spirit with these delightful little gingerbread men. Infused with warm spices, the delicious cookies get their rich color from Black strap molasses.

Glazed Fruit Tart
Turn up to your next tea party with these delightful homemade glazed fruit tarts. Sweet, buttery shortcrust tarts are filled with creme patisserie and topped with strawberries, mandarins, kiwi fruit, blueberries and raspberries.

Grilled Bananas with Passionfruit and Yogurt
Whip up a quick and mouthwatering dessert of grilled bananas topped with vanilla yogurt and tropical passionfruit.

Grilled Figs with Honey Ricotta
It doesn't get any easier than grilled figs with honey ricotta. This recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

Apricot and passionfruit clafoutis
A classic French dessert, the clafoutis is a baked egg custard usually made with cherries or apples. In this recipe the clafoutis is baked with canned apricots and fresh passionfruit for sweet, light and lovely dessert.

Hokey Pokey Ice-cream
Hokey Pokey is New Zealand's most popular ice-cream flavor and rightly so. Just imagine your favorite vanilla ice-cream peppered with crunchy bites of honeycomb.

Homemade Toasted Coconut Marshmallows
Homemade Marshmallows are a world apart from the commercial kind. The little clouds of sweetness are wonderful on their own, rolled in toasted coconut or dipped in chocolate.

Honey-baked White Nectarines with Yogurt
Try these luscious honey-baked white nectarines with creamy vanilla yogurt. Finally, something delicious and good for you.

Hot Cross Buns
Make your own hot cross buns with juicy sultanas and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Individual strawberry & yogurt trifles
A healthy and absolutely delicious take on the classic dessert, this strawberry & yogurt trifle satisfies sweet cravings.

Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Jam thumbprint cookies are so easy to make. You can fill the thumbprint with nuts, chocolate or in this case, homemade strawberry jam.

The Lamington is a little sponge cake which has been dipped in chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut.

An Aussie favorite, the Lamington is a spongecake square dipped in chocolate icing and then rolled in desiccated coconut. Step-by-step instructions included.

Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes
Treat yourself to some gorgeous lemon ricotta cupcakes topped with luscious lemon glaze icing.

Louise Cake Slice
The Louise cake is an old fashioned treat in New Zealand that consists of a biscuit or thin cake base topped with raspberry jam and coconut meringue. The cake is baked in the oven and then served with fresh raspberries on top.

Macadamia and Dulce De Leche Tart Recipe
Find out how to prepare a simple and mouthwatering macadamia nut tart filled with dulce de leche.

Macadamia Nut Rocky Road
Homemade rocky road is simple to make and will give you endless hours of eating enjoyment. This recipe consists of dark, semi-sweet chocolate, shortbread, marshmallows and crunchy macadamia nuts.

Macadamia Nut Truffle Recipe
Heavenly, addictive, mouthwatering, sinful, moreish -- all words that describe these little Macadamia Nut truffles. The best thing is, they're so simple to make!

Making Macadamia Nut Truffles
Macadamia Nut Truffles Step-by-step instructions

Mango & Lemon Cream Cheese Tart
This delightful Mango & Lemon Cheesecake tart is very easy to make. The buttery shortbread base has a very light texture which provides a perfect contrast to the cream cheese filling.

Mango tartes tatins
A lovely, tropical variation of the classic French apple tarte tatin made with fresh mangoes.

Milk Pudding with Berries
Milk pudding may sound old fashioned but to me it's a timeless and comforting dessert. This light and refreshing milk pudding is served with macerated strawberries and blueberries.

Mini Pavlovas with Pastry Cream and Strawberries
These mini pavlovas are out of this world. Mini meringues are filled with vanilla-infused pastry cream and topped with fresh strawberries.

Mocha Affogato
Whip up dessert in a flash with this mocha affogato. Pair dark chocolate ice-cream with a shot of espresso and voila -- mocha affogato is served.

Orange & Poppy Seed Friands
Friands are a small French cake popular in the Australian cafe scene. Wash these buttery orange and poppy seed friands down with a cup of hot, sweet tea.

Passionfruit melting moments
These delightful and aptly named passionfruit melting moment biscuits really do melt-in-your-mouth. They make wonderful food gifts if you can bear to part with them.

Passionfruit Pound Cake
Treat yourself to a buttery passionfruit pound cake made with low-fat ricotta cheese. The rich cake has a beautiful golden crust and is topped with passionfruit cream cheese icing.

Passionfruit Shortbread Cookies
This particular recipe is for a basic shortbread base which means a little less butter. The cookie is topped with an incredibly easy to make and delicious passionfruit icing.

Passionfruit Souffle
The souffle is a delicate baked dish made from eggs yolks and whipped egg whites. It can be served as a savory dish or in this case, as a dessert. This passionsfruit souffle is infused with vanilla beans and fresh passionfruit.

Pavlova Recipe
The Pavlova is a meringue shell with a marshmallowy center. It is topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas and passionfruit. It's an impressive baking feat and absolutely delicious.

Pavlova Recipe Step-by-Step Instructions
Step by Step Instructions on how to prepare New Zealand's national dessert -- the famous Pavlova

Peach Melba
The iconic dessert was made in honor of Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba by French chef Auguste Escoffier at London's Savoy hotel in 1894. Fragrant peaches are poached and served with raspberry sauce and vanilla bean ice-cream.

Peach Melba Meringue
The Peach Melba was made in honor of Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba by French chef Auguste Escoffier at London's Savoy hotel in 1894. My take on the dessert replaces the much-loved vanilla ice-cream with a mini meringue covered in whipped and ripe peaches topped with raspberry sauce.

Raspberry Friands
The Friand is an almond meal cake originally from France. It is usually flavored with fresh raspberries or citrus fruits. This particular recipe uses fresh raspberries for a lovely tart finish.

Scones with Jam and Cream
Scones are little round cakes that go by the name of 'biscuits' in North America. This recipe is so simple to make that I often prepare the scones fresh when I have friends over. The recipe calls for the use of buttermilk which results in an incredibly light and fluffy scone.

Steamed Lemon Pudding
A simple, timeless recipe for steamed lemon pudding. Perfect for summer or winter, pair the zesty pudding with ice-cream, berries or custard.

Strawberry and Mango Roulade
This delightful strawberry and mango roulade only takes 10 minutes to bake. Lighty, airy sponge is filled with brandied strawberries, fresh mango and whipped cream. A gorgeous dessert and a definite crowd-pleaser.

Strawberry Crumble Cake with a Macadamia Nut Crust
Strawberry crumble is made even better with a layer of soft sponge cake topped with crunchy macadamia nuts.

Strawberry Fool
The strawberry fool dessert is a traditional British favorite. In this recipe the strawberries are poached with castor sugar and then whipped with fromage frais and egg white. The result is heavenly and so simple!

Summer Fruit Trifle
Finish the meal with a gorgeous summer fruit trifle. Peaches and nectarines are poached in muscat and then layered with spongecake, mascarpone and topped with fresh raspberries. The summer trifle needs to be refrigerated so it sets anywhere from 2 to 24 hours. It should be served chilled.

Sweet Potato Pie
Kumara pie is a Kiwi take on an American favorite, the sweet potato pie. Infused with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, the pie is delicious served with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Easy to make and a guaranteed hit with kids and adults, these vanilla cupcakes are topped with a cream cheese frosting and your favorite chocolate bar -- in my case, a Cadbury Flake and a Nestle Peppermint Crisp.

Vanilla Custard Puffs with Raspberries
Impress guests with these delicious and easy to prepare vanilla custard puffs topped with fresh raspberries.

Vanilla Poached Plums
Delicious served with vanilla ice-cream, custard, cream or even porridge, vanilla poached plums are easy to prepare and taste absolutely gorgeous.

Vanilla Rice Pudding
The ultimate comfort food, vanilla rice pudding with sooth and satisfy your dessert craving.

Yogurt Pannacota with Passionfruit Syrup
A gorgeous dessert -- yogurt panna cotta is infused with honey and vanilla and served with a tropical passion fruit syrup.

Almond crescent cookies
It will be impossible to stop at just one of these absolutely gorgeous almond crescent cookies. Infused with vanilla and lightly dusted with icing sugar, these beautiful cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft, buttery and crumbly.

Blueberry tart
Use pre-made shortcrust pastry in this gorgeous blueberry tart recipe. Served with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, it makes a beautiful dessert.

Simple Berry Ice Cream (dairy and sugar-free)
Recipe for Simple Berry Ice Cream (dairy and sugar-free)

Pomegranate Jellies
Recipe for pomegranate jelly

A Guide to Australian Honey
A Guide to Australian Honey: Part One

Victoria Sponge with Berries
A simple recipe for a delightful Victorian Sponge Cake with Berries

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