Retro dessert recipes for entertaining

Whether you're having a group of friends around for a retro-themed dinner party, or you just feel like cooking some nostalgic dishes from your childhood, these sweet recipes are sure to delight. We've got all the classics like black forest and pineapple upside-down cakes, plus lemon meringue pies, custard tarts and creamy vanilla slices. You'll also find sweet summer trifles and berry-topped pavlova recipes, perfect for entertaining in the hot Australian weather.
tropical bombe alaska

Tropical bombe alaska

The mix of textures, flavours and temperatures combine in the classic king of desserts, the bombe alaska, to create a sensationally sweet dish.
Vanilla slice
Quick & Easy

Vanilla slice

An Australian classic, this rich and creamy slice is beautiful served with a mug of coffee. The combination of passionfruit icing and decadent vanilla custard goes beautifully together.
neenish tarts

Neenish tarts

This classic tart with its distinctive pink and brown icing on the top is still as good as you remember.
creamy rice pudding with cinnamon sugar
Quick & Easy

Creamy rice pudding with cinnamon sugar

The vanilla bean can be reused, wash and dry well, store in an airtight container or add to a container of sugar for vanilla-scented sugar. Note
lemon meringue desserts

Lemon meringue pie

Sticky and sweet with just a whisper of tartness, a good old-fashioned lemon meringue pie is always greeted with murmurs of appreciation. This one is no different.
black forest mud cake

Black forest mud cake

This cake is an absolute winner. We’ve used maraschino cherries here, you can use fresh or canned cherries, if you like. Maraschino cherries are available from gourmet food stores and good delicatessens.

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