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It wouldn't be an Aussie Christmas without these iconic recipes

As Aussies, we're celebrating Christmas time during the peak of our hot summer, and as a result we typically have a very different festive menu than other countries around the world.

Here, we've pulled together a selection of some of the most popular Australian Christmas dishes, from grilled prawn cocktails to fruit-topped pavlovas.
You'll find dessert recipes for our steamed macadamia pudding, layered Christmas trifle and choc-cherry bombe Alaska. Plus, delicious savoury mains like our herb-topped salmon, slow-roasted lamb shoulder and sweet glazed ham.
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    Chocolate and cherry bombe alaska

    Sweeten up the festive season with this decadent chocolate cherry bombe alaska! The perfect dessert to share with family or friends.

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    Spice-crusted lamb racks and roasted carrots

    Jazz up dinner time with these delicious lamb racks. They are rolled in a delicious seed and spice mix, and served with juicy roasted carrots for the ultimate family meal.

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    Cherry, walnut and feta salad

    Indulge in the delicious combination of cherry, walnut and feta in this fresh wholesome salad - a perfect addition to Christmas lunch this year!

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    Macadamia and fig Christmas pudding

    The addition of sweet and juicy figs and crunchy Australian macadamia nuts puts a delightful twist on the classic steamed Christmas pudding. Cut yourself a big slice and serve warm with a drizzle of cream.

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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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    Turkey roll with cherry and almond stuffing

    Christmas wouldn't be complete without turkey! Enjoy this deliciously succulent turkey roll with sweet cherry and almond stuffing. Easy, delicious, and perfect for the festive season!

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    Coconut and mascarpone cake

    This impressive-looking dessert combines the beautiful creaminess of mascarpone cheese with sweet and tart strawberries and raspberries. This cake is lovely served at Christmas time or for birthday celebrations.

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    Mango & coconut tres leche cake

    This mango and coconut creation tastes every bit as good as it looks. Juicy strips of delicious mango, set atop decadent, sweet and rich folds of coconut enhanced cream hides the berry filled base below. Resistance is futile.

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    Blood-orange glazed ham

    Make this stunning, celestial ham the centrepiece of your Christmas table.

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    Lobster with fennel salad

    Gather up the family and enjoy this fresh lobster with fennel salad - the perfect seafood dish for the festive season (or any time).

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    Prawn and avocado pasta salad

    Fresh, juicy prawns are tossed with creamy avocado, rocket and shell pasta to create this beautiful fresh Summer salad in no time at all.

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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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    Tropical meringue pavlova Christmas tree

    Pavlova is a central part to any Christmas celebration in Australia, and you can make yours even more spectacular with this towering tropical meringue Christmas tree recipe.

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    Dukkah prawn skewers

    A Middle Eastern twist to grilled prawns with a nutty pistachio topping and creamy labne on the side.

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    Christmas ice-cream cake

    This quick recipe for frozen Christmas ice-cream cake is loaded with fruit, berries and brandy. Make it the night before for a hassle-free Christmas spent with your friends and family.

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    Rocket, chicken and date salad

    Chicken salad with a citrus zing! This healthy lean salad is easy to prepare for lunching guests or take to work for lunch. And it's suitable for diabetics.

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    Scallops with ginger and lemongrass

    Scallops on the half-shell always make a spectacular dish, treat your friends to something special with these delicious ginger and lemongrass scallops.

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    Santa Claus Christmas ice-cream cake

    This adorable Christmas-themed cake is perfect for festive celebrations. The cream-filled strawberry Santas will be a favourite with the kids, plus the creamy ice-cream filling, of course.

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    How to make perfect roast potatoes

    Baked with lemon, this is the perfect roast potatoes recipe to add to your dinner repertoire. By adding par-boiled floury potatoes to a hot, oiled baking tray with lemon, these potatoes become perfectly crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, with a delicious hint of citrusy brightness.

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    Summer salad of peaches and blueberries

    Team your favourite fresh summer fruit with creamy ricotta, fresh spinach leaves, basil and chilli for a unique, delicious side dish for any outdoor gathering.

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