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Classic desserts to master

From puddings and pies to sponge cake and tarts of all stripes, these sweet treats have stood the test of time.
Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie

Ben Dearnley

Loved by generations (and for good reason), these desserts are sure to send waves of nostalgia, as well as some delicious aromas, wafting through your kitchen. Fluffy soufflés, luxurious tarts and generously iced cakes will test the resolve of chocolate addicts while fresh and fruity flavours show up in pavlovas, panna cottas and a zesty lemon tart.

From warming winter puddings and crumbles to summer trifles and sorbet, these recipes will see you through the year. Master them one at a time.

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Chocolate cake with fudge icing recipe
Photo: Mikkel Vang

Chocolate cake with fudge icing

A whole lemon tart on a black wire rack being dusted with icing sugar.
Photo: Rob Shaw

Lemon tart

O Tama Carey's love cake recipe
Photo: Ben Dearnley

O Tama Carey’s love cake

White chocolate and banana baked rice puddings
Photo: William Meppem

White chocolate and banana baked rice puddings

Photo: Alan Benson

Frank Camorra’s tarta de queso (cheesecake)

Golden syrup dumplings with ginger and spice
Photo: Anson Smart

Golden-syrup dumplings with ginger and spice

Pear tarte Tatin
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Corella pear tarte Tatin

Photo: Mikkel Vang

Chocolate scrolls

Photo: William Meppem

Portuguese custard tarts

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Bethany Finn’s lemon delicious pudding

Crème caramel
Photo: Rob Shaw

Restaurant Hubert’s crème caramel

A round, crusty apple pie with a slice taken out of it, sitting on a light-blue linen tablecloth, with golden forks and a tumbler of amber-hued liquid to the side
Photo: Phillip Castleton

How to make an apple pie

Photo: Chris Court

Ginger-carrot cake with salted butterscotch frosting

Alistair Wise's custard tart
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Alistair Wise’s custard tart

Sesame doughnuts with custard (jin deui)
Photo: Sharyn Cairns

Flower Drum’s sesame doughnuts with custard (jin deui)

Rhubarb galette
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Rhubarb galette

Photo: Mikkel Vang

Chocolate mousse with white chocolate and corn flake crumble

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Sweet cinnamon buns

Photo: William Meppem

Doughnuts

Photo: William Meppem

Eton mess

Photo: Mikkel Vang

Chocolate soufflés

Flour and Stone's fig and honeycomb pavlova
Photo: Andrew Finlayson

Flour and Stone’s guide to making the perfect pavlova

Photo: William Meppem

Blueberry cobbler with ice-cream

Photo: Alicia Taylor

How to make sorbet

H 'n' R banana royale
Photo: Mark Roper

H ‘n’ R banana royale

Coffee caramel panna cotta
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Coffee caramel panna cotta

Photo: Chris Court

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese-marshmallow frosting

Lemon meringue pie
Photo: Ben Dearnley

Lemon meringue pie

Photo: Ben Hansen

How to make a chocolate ganache tart

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Peter Gilmore’s quince, pecan and crème caramel trifle with Gretchen’s honey cream

PHoto: William Meppem

Spiced Fuji apple crumble with dulce de leche ice-cream

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Coconut lamingtons with cherry jam

Photo: William Meppem

Black Forest cake

Photo: Chris Court

Banoffee pie

Rhubarb and raspberry brownie
Photo: Chris Chen

Rhubarb and raspberry brownie

Photo: Teny Aghamalian

Bread and butter pudding

Orange and almond shortbread
Photo: Chris Chen

Orange and almond shortbread

Passionfruit vanilla slice
Photo: Brett Stevens

Passionfruit vanilla slice

Tiramisù
Photo: Ben Dearnley

10 William St’s tiramisù

Photo: William Meppem

Victoria sponge

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Chocolate tart

A circular date pudding topped with a scoop of sesame ice-cream and drizzled with salted caramel. A pot of salted caramel featured behind, and a bowl of toasted sesame seeds.
Photo: Chris Court

Date puddings with sesame ice-cream and salted caramel

Crème brûlées

Crème brûlées

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