In the lead up to Australia Day, here are a few iconic Australian sweets we couldn't live without, and why.
With or without cream and jam? The jury’s still out on whether the humble lamington should contain that squishy layer of cream and raspberry jam, but whichever way you look at it, there’s always golden sponge, dipped in chocolate and coconut. Bird Cow Fish’s owner and head chef Alex Herbert thinks simple is best; with her combination of old school sponge cake, real cocoa-based icing, a layer of strawberry jam, and long thread coconut. Find her treats at Eveleigh Markets this weekend.
Everleigh Markets: 243 Wilson Street, Redfern.
2. Monaco Bars
When these babies were discontinued, people were outraged. There were tears. There were recriminations. There was more than one petition to bring them back. Americans have been familiar with the ice cream sandwich for decades, but Monaco Bar was really the first of its kind to charm Australians, with its chewy biscuit exterior and creamy ice cream centre. Like all classics, it's the simplicity of ingredients that makes it such a wonderfully elegant classic. Thank god they brought them back.
3. Tim Tams
When it comes to comfort food, there are few Australians who would knock back the offer of Tim Tam, especially when living overseas. In cold weather, these are best consumed in the style of the 'Tim Tam Straw', where you take a bite out of diagonal corners and use it to sip tea (English Breakfast, white) through. In summer, they're best stored in the fridge (and consumed standing in front of it).
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