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Australia Day pavlova recipes

These traditional and easy Aussie desserts are the perfect finish to your Australia Day lunch.

This classic dessert is a must for any Australia Day barbecue and with all our favourite summer fruits now in season, there's plenty of delicious, fresh toppings to choose from. Here, we've gathered our best pavs with everything from mango and passionfruit to strawberries and cherries. For those with a super sweet tooth, we also have delicious chocolate-swirled meringues the kids will love.
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    Mango and passionfruit pavlova

    This iconic Australian dessert is made even more delicious with the addition of fresh tropical fruits. Whip up this gorgeous pavlova for a special occasion, birthday party or Christmas celebration.

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    Strawberry and pomegranate pavlova roulade

    Travel back to the old English countryside with this classic combination of cake, cream and strawberries. If you're looking for something a little less traditional, switch up the flavours with lemon, almonds and berries.

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    Very-berry pavlova

    The pavlova was so named because it was thought to be as light as the famous dancer, Anna Pavlova. We love that this version reminds us of her brightly coloured ballet tutu. It's almost a shame to eat. Almost.

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    Pavlova trifles

    Why choose between your two Aussie desserts when you can get the best of both worlds and make these individual pavlova trifles.

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    Berry pavlova cheesecakes

    A berry cheesecake filling sits atop a crisp meringue nest in this impressive dessert.

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    Passionfruit curd pavlova roll

    Roll up this fruity spin on an Australian dessert favourite. You'll even have some spare passionfruit curd to spread for breakfast or afternoon tea.

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    Chocolate pavlovas with strawberry compote

    Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven and so are these luscious pavlovas. But be warned, it will be almost impossible to stop at one.

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    Peanut butter and jelly pavlova

    Crushed peanuts and a quick strawberry jam combine to create a classic pavlova inspired by the staple student food - peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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    Mini pavlovas with vanilla syrup strawberries

    You could experiment with a variety of different berry toppings here. Whatever you choose, you just can't beat a pav topped with whipped cream and berries and drenched in syrup.

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    Layered eggnog pavlova

    This dessert is absolutely stunning with a beautiful rustic flare, layered eggnog pavlova could quickly become a family Christmas tradition.

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    Marshmallow pavlova

    With a cloud-like, marshmallowy centre, this pavlova is the stuff dreams are made of. Serve with lashings of whipped cream, and fresh berries.

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    Pavlova roll with banana, kiwi and passionfruit

    The beauty of this pavlova roll is that you can experiment will all sorts of fruit to fill the centre. We've used banana, kiwi and passionfruit here, but any soft fruit will do. The result is still amazing.

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    Classic pavlova baked on a plate

    This marshmallow-textured pavlova is cooked directly on the platter it's served on, which eliminates the risk of breaking the fragile meringue when transferring it. Simply make sure the platter is plain, sturdy and ovenproof.

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    Pavlova fruit roll

    The beauty of this recipe is that you have the delicious taste of a pavlova with a much shorter cooking time. Rolling the meringue in this way results in a bright, fruit filled centre that looks exquisite on the plate.

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    Coconut pavlovas with banana and passionfruit

    Want to give a twist to an Australian favourite for Christmas or a special occasion? Whip up these stunning individual pavlovas ahead of then lace with fresh fruit and shredded coconut.

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    Warm chocolate pavlovas

    The creaminess of the ice cream and chocolate sauce is a delectable texture contrast to the crunchiness of the pavlova. You can serve this with a berry compote as well if you like.

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    Chocolate on chocolate pavlova

    Give into temptation with this rich chocolate sensation. Forget the traditional fruity pavlova topping. Let the layer of meringue melt in your mouth while chunks of dark chocolate blend with smooth chocolate sauce and cream.

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    Caramel pavlova with rhubarb

    Try this famous Australian dessert for yourself with a modern addition of sweet caramel and rhubarb.

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    Pavlova with berries and cream

    Named after the Russian ballerina, the pavlova is a familiar and well loved Antipodean dessert. You can experiment with all kinds of fruit toppings, but berries and cream is always a winner.

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    Pavlovas with crushed strawberries and cream

    These little individual pavlovas are the perfect finishing touch to any meal with friends. You can experiment will all sorts of fruit toppings; berries are always a good choice, as are the more tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit.

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    Chocolate cherry berry pavlova

    This decadent chocolate, cherries and mixed berry pavlova is the perfect way to end a dinner party, birthday celebration or date night.

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    Classic pavlova is usually topped with mixed berries and passionfruit pulp. We've opted for a mix of berries here, but if you prefer you can use kiwifruit, thinly sliced pineapple, pawpaw and passionfruit pulp.

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