Looking for easy Australian recipes? Want the best brunch dishes? Try our ideas and twists here.

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Make an Australian-inspired brunch with recipes from London's Australian-inspired café Milk Beach or John Gregory-Smith's recipes that he wrote following a trip to explore the country's latest brunch trends. Then whip up an Australian-style dessert, from coconut lamingtons and pavlova to comforting self-saucing pudding. Or explore the multicultural flavours of Australian strait, Torres Strait with Nornie Bero's recipes.

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Easy Australian recipes

Anzac biscuits

Originally from Australia and New Zealand, these sweet Anzac biscuits, made using oats and golden syrup, make for a perfect afternoon treat.

Oaty biscuits on a wire cooling rack next to a small white plate and cup of tea with a grey stone background

Semur chicken

Semur, a hearty dish where a whole chicken is cooked in a thick soy broth with vermicelli noodles, is here flavoured with lemongrass, soy and chilli. These flavours feature in many dishes from the Torres Strait Islands, influenced by the multiculturalism there.

A metal pot filled with roast chicken, glass noodles and leafy green vegetables

Namas

This traditional Torres Strait dish is similar to ceviche and best when made with fresh fish straight out of the ocean. The raw fish will cure in the citrus and coconut cream to create a smooth, fragrant and refreshing starter. The hint of soy brings these multicultural flavours together

A blue bowl filled with ceviche with tortilla crisps on the side

Pavlova

This summery dessert is named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. Its origins are disputed between Australia and New Zealand, but it's popular in both countries, as well as in the UK. With step-by-step help from olive's test kitchen, you can create this show-stopping pud.

Very Berry Pavlova Recipe

Cherry and coconut lamingtons

Lamingtons, originally from Australia, make a delicious teatime treat. Mini cakes, decorated in cherry jam and desiccated coconut, topped with a fresh cherry.

Cherry and Coconut Pink Lamingtons Recipe

Coffee custard tart

Try this modern Aussie twist on a classic for a tart with a buttery base, a rich coffee custard filling and irresistible dark chocolate coffee crumble topping. This dish comes from Milk Beach, a London restaurant that serves Australian-inspired dishes.

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A slice of coffee custard and chocolate crumble tart

Blueberry smoothie bowls

John Gregory-Smith wrote this recipe after a trip to Australia to check out the latest brunch trends in the country. Try this vibrant smoothie bowl with crunchy granola, blueberries and shaved coconut for a vibrant vegan brunch.

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe with Granola

Chicken schnitzel with fermented chilli mayo

Australian-inspired London restaurant Milk Beach has just the recipe for your next chicken dinner: a modern Aussie twist on chicken schnitzel, served with fermented chilli mayo.

Chicken schnitzel with chilli mayo and chips on the side

Wattleseed scones

Wattleseed, a native seed from multicultural Torres Strait, has a hazelnut-like taste and thickening ability similar to ground almonds – serve the scones with golden syrup butter or cream as part of an indulgent afternoon tea.

A tray of golden scones with one sliced in half and topped with cream and jam

Potato gems

A modern Aussie twist on hash browns, this show-off recipe comes from Milk Beach (a London restaurant that serves Australian-inspired dishes), topped with buttermilk salmon roe for extra wow factor.

Four potato cubes with chives, buttermilk and salmon roe on top

The brekkie bun

Recipe writer John Gregory-Smith says... “Sophisticated cafés in Sydney have something in common – they all serve a killer breakfast bun, perfect for blasting a hangover away. I loved how well they were put together, with incredible flavours and textures.”

Breakfast Bap Recipe

Chicken parmigiana

This Italian-American dish is very popular in Australia, and a staple on Australian pub menus. Try our take on this comforting recipe.

Chicken in parmesan and tomato sauce on a plate with salad

Beetroot borani and halloumi breakfast bowls

Recipe writer John Gregory-Smith says... “This is my take on a fabulous meal that I had in a café called Concrete Jungle in Sydney. The owner is Lebanese and injects hints of his home into several of the dishes, including a lush breakfast salad made with a colourful swirl of beetroot borani (an Iranian yogurt-based dip).”

Halloumi, eggi and salad bowl on a bed of pureed beetroot borani yogurt

Sunny side cocktail

Sip on this sunset-coloured cocktail at your next drinks gathering. You'll need chilli-infused rum for this recipe from Milk Beach, a restaurant in London’s Queen’s Park that serves Australian-inspired dishes.

An orange-coloured cocktail

Burrata with savoury granola

Have you ever tried a savoury granola? The trend popped up in the US and Australia in the early 00s, and is now starting to be seen in supper clubs and restaurants in the UK.

Often healthier than sweet granola, thanks to a lack of oil – egg white does all the hard work binding and adding crunch here – it can be eaten on its own as a snack or it can be used to top yogurt or soup, scattered over roasted veggies, scrambled eggs, baked camembert, salads or bowls of pasta.

Burrata Cheese Recipe with Savoury Granola

Lemon self-saucing pudding

Lemon self-saucing pudding, also known as lemon surprise pudding, is easy to whip up and can be ready in an hour. Make one simple mixture and as it cooks it separates into a light sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath.

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Spoon in a yellow lemon pudding with a crisp top

Peach melba ice cream

Peach melba is a classic British dessert created to honour the Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Try the summery combination of peaches and raspberries in this sweet and tart treat.

Peach Melba Ice Cream Recipe

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