What's Australia's favourite Christmas recipe?

Jane Holroyd
Dan Lepard's plum pudding trifle would go down a treat in the Northern Territory.
Dan Lepard's plum pudding trifle would go down a treat in the Northern Territory. Photo: William Meppem

Gingerbread, rocky road, white Christmas? Eggnog versus sangria? Which Christmas treat or tipple do you prefer?

It seems Australians fall into one of two main camps when it comes to favourite Christmas goodies for December cook-ups, and our tastes appear to be influenced by the weather.

According to Google Australia, if you live in NSW, Victoria, the ACT or South Australia, you're most likely to have been hunting down gingerbread recipes in recent weeks. Yet those in the warmer climes of Queensland and West Australia are more likely to favour a white Christmas in the form of the iconic Australian chocolate slice; the no-bake treat understandably more attractive to those already facing oven-like temperatures.

No-bake favourite: white Christmas slice.
No-bake favourite: white Christmas slice. Photo: Marcel Aucar

In our chilliest state, people were on the hunt for traditional shortbread recipes for their loved ones. Tasmanians also favour gingerbread and pavlova over a snowy slice of white Christmas.

The weather theory falls down when it comes to people in the Northern Territory, who apparently like nothing more than baking gingerbread, pavlova and sponge for a trifle.

There were few other surprises in the state-by-state favourite Christmas recipe lists, although the "nuts and bolts" favoured by South Australians may mystify people living elsewhere across the country. For the uninitiated, nuts and bolts is a party snack made up of salted nuts, breakfast cereal and powdered chicken soup among other ingredients ... although perhaps South Australians were searching for the slightly more sophisticated (and more realistic-looking) chocolate version made famous by Basque restaurant Arzak? 

Finally, it seems fruit mince pies have fallen out of favour as a Christmas gift with home bakers; they did not make the top 10 most popular Christmas recipes in any state or territory.

Top Christmas recipe searches by state (December 2014)

Find the goodfood.com.au version of your favourite Christmas recipes by clicking on the links below.

NSW

Gingerbread recipe

Rocky road recipe

Trifle recipe

White Christmas recipe

Shortbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

Tiramisu recipe

Eggnog recipe

Cheesecake recipe

Chocolate cake recipe


Victoria

Gingerbread recipe

Shortbread recipe

Trifle recipe

Pavlova recipe

White Christmas recipe

Gingerbread house recipe

Rocky road recipe

Tiramisu recipe

Eggnog recipe

Cheesecake recipe


Queensland

White Christmas recipe

Trifle recipe

Gingerbread recipe

Rocky road recipe

Shortbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

Tiramisu recipe

Rum ball recipe

Cheesecake recipe

Eggnog recipe


ACT

Gingerbread recipe

Trifle recipe

Shortbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

White Christmas recipe

Rocky road recipe

Eggnog recipe

Tiramisu recipe

Christmas pudding recipe

Sangria recipe


Western Australia

White Christmas recipe

Trifle recipe

Gingerbread recipe

Shortbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

Rocky road recipe

Tiramisu recipe

Eggnog recipe

Cheesecake recipe

Ham glaze recipe


South Australia

Gingerbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

White Christmas recipe

Trifle recipe

Shortbread recipe

Rocky road recipe

Eggnog recipe

Chocolate cake recipe

Sangria recipe

Nuts and bolts recipe


Tasmania 

Shortbread recipe

Gingerbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

White Christmas recipe

Trifle recipe

Gingerbread house recipe

Rocky road recipe

Truffles recipe

Meringue recipe

Christmas pudding recipe


Northern Territory

Gingerbread recipe

Pavlova recipe

Eggnog recipe

Trifle recipe

Shortbread recipe

Chocolate mousse recipe

White Christmas recipe

Glazed ham recipe

Rocky road recipe

Jelly mould recipe


Source: Google Australia (most popular Christmas recipe searches December 3-17, 2014)