If you’re not from down under there is a good chance that you’ve never heard of many of the great treats on one of the world’s most revered and visited continents. Australia is known for many different things, most notable the deadly animals that tend to inhabit it, though we’re not going to get into that. We will say, however, that we wouldn’t be too surprised if some kind of land stingray were knocking off tourists. Okay, enough of that. Today we’re going to be talking about some of the traditional Australian desserts, and some of them might just be something that you can enjoy right here at home.
There is a considerable amount of controversy between those who are trying to figure out just how these things originally came into being. What we do know however is that the base of a lamington is sponge cake, and it is coated in an outer layer of chocolate sauce. Before it is served, it is rolled in desiccated coconut, which is absorbed by the sponge cake. This however is just one example of a Lamington and there are actually a few others out there. Play around with the different recipes you find online and make yourself a good combination.
If you’re into cake, and into fruit at the same time then you couldn’t be much more on point with than with this cake. This is a cake featuring a crisp crust, topped with fruit, and whipped cream if you like. It is a popular dessert dish in both Australia and New Zealand, but it has actually manage to find its way into other countries, including the United States. If we had to give better description to the Pavlova cake, we would probably call it the ultimate strawberry shortcake.
This one isn’t too difficult to make, it’s essentially just peaches and raspberry sauce mixed with vanilla ice cream. When it’s prepared properly the presentation is actually pretty amazing, and the dish dates all the way back to 1892. A little known fact outside of Australia is that the dish was created by French Chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London for the sole purpose of honoring Australian soprano singer Nellie Melba.
For the last item on our list we’re going to discuss something a little bit simpler. Fairy bread is literally just white bread covered with butter and sprinkled with, well, sprinkles. We’re talking about the kind of sprinkles that you would find on ice cream. It might seem like a pretty simple dessert, but it’s a real hit at children’s birthday parties and while it’s definitely old, it’s survived and thrived through many different variations over the years.
Australia definitely has some amazing desserts, and you can find plenty of others online. Stay tuned in the future and we’ll bring you more amazing treats from all over the world.