These Classic Australian Recipes Will Make You Nostalgic for Your Childhood
There’s nothing quite like indulging in one of our favourite, quintessentially Australian dishes to be instantly transported back to a nostalgic memory. Whether you’re reminded of a time when you were whipping up a pavlova with your mum on Christmas Day, cooking damper on a campfire by the river on a family camping trip, or tucking into a meat pie on a picnic rug while spectating a local footy match, the Aussie classics certainly do hold a special place in our hearts. From the humble lamington to the simple steak sandwich, our famous fare is hard to beat and it’s time to bring it back. We’ve found some of the best versions of classic dishes to ignite some of your most memorable moments. Read on and bring your favourite dishes back to the table.
He may not be a fellow Aussie, but Jamie Oliver knows how to bake a lamington that anyone from Down Under would be proud of. The chocolate-meets-coconut-meets-cake combination always takes us on a welcome trip down memory lane.
The humble meat pie has been a national favourite for centuries. And while we'll never say no to a Four’N Twenty from the local bakery, this gourmet version of the Aussie classic is restaurant-worthy.
It seems the humble steak sandwich just got fancy—in a good way. Food blogger, author, and cook, Kate Gibbs’ ultimate steak sandwich is one for the go-to recipe book. Modify as desired.
What could possibly beat the sweet combination of the crispy meringue, fluffy freshly whipped cream, and ripe seasonal fruits of a pavlova? Nothing, if you ask me. If you’re looking to treat your fellow Aussie clan, Donna Hay’s version is, in true Donna form, simple, classic, and completely impressive.
Once a delicacy for swagmen, this traditional home-made bread is now (with pleasure) enjoyed by us all. This plain damper recipe is so simple and tasty you won’t be able to stop at one loaf. To serve: Add a dollop of butter.
For more classic Australian recipes, shop The Great Australian Cookbook ($38).