Australian and New Zealander Occasion Recipes

Looking for recipes for Australian and New Zealander special occasions? Allrecipes has more than 50 trusted special occasions recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with White Chocolate Brandy Sauce

Rating: Unrated
This is a dense cheesecake that is very smooth and melts in your mouth. The white chocolate brandy sauce tops it off. I just nap it over the center of the slice of cheesecake on the plate. I garnish it with mint leaves and either raspberries or strawberries.

Easy Pavlova

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In this elegant dessert, a crisp white meringue layer is filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit. To keep your meringue from being flat and grainy, try beating egg whites until stiff but not dry. Overbeaten egg whites lose volume and deflate when folded into other ingredients. Also, when beating in sugar, beat in about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well between each addition. Then beat until meringue is thick, white and glossy. Be absolutely sure not a particle of grease or egg yolk gets into the whites.

Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rating: Unrated
This recipe makes your turkey moist and full of flavor. You can also use this recipe for Cornish game hens, chicken breasts or roasting chicken. Select a turkey sized according to the amount of people you will be serving.
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Spring Strawberry Spinach Salad

Rating: Unrated
This fresh strawberry and spinach salad is tossed with a sweet poppy seed dressing.

English Trifle to Die For

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A traditional English trifle all children in the UK grow up eating on high days and holidays.

Sweet Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Rating: Unrated
With this easy-to-follow recipe, orange and lemon peel become an elegant--yet still a bit tart--sugared confection.

Harvest Salad

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Spinach salad with blue cheese, walnuts, and dried cranberries. If you can't find walnut oil, olive oil may be substituted.
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Roasted Rack of Lamb

Rating: Unrated
I have had this recipe for a long time, and always enjoy making it. You can also do the same thing with beef or pork.

Down Under Lemon Tart

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This is a 'to-die-for' tangy lemon tart. Family and friends always request it when invited for dinner.

Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Balsamic-Fig-Basil Sauce

Rating: Unrated
Dried plums and currants tossed with salted, roasted almonds, creme de cassis, and mint is the stuffing for my rolled lamb roast. It's a very easy way to dress up a lamb roast during the holidays. The simple herb rub adds just the right amount of seasoning along with fresh garlic inserted into the top of the roast. My balsamic basil fig sauce creation drizzled over the sliced lamb is the perfect finish touch and extremely flavorful thanks to the fresh basil.

Australian Damper

Rating: Unrated
Damper Bread was a staple of the early Australian settlers' diet. Traditionally, the dough was cooked directly on the coals of an open fire. If you use this method, have a beer handy in case some of the ashes on the damper are still glowing when you eat it!

The Best Pavlova

Rating: Unrated
Australian dessert with a meringue base, topped with fresh cream and fruit. This is a recipe that I have experimented with and all my friends and family say it's the best pavlova they've ever tasted!

Inspiration and Ideas

Orange Pikelets

Serve these crumpet-like cakes at your next brunch and your guests will be transported to Australia and New Zealand!

Sweet Potato Muffins With Bacon

Talk about fusion! Curry powder and sweet potatoes come together for this moist and flavorful muffin.

Best Apple Crumble

Rating: Unrated

Personal recipe... the way I make it in Australia. Apple crumble pie with coconut and rolled oats. Cut up and serve with hot or cold custard!