Christmas at Home Series- Joyous Recipes

City of Greater Geelong offers creative ways to spend Christmas at Home. Nothing generates Christmas joy like a bit of seasonal baking!

City of Greater Geelong presents Christmas at Home

Continue the Christmas joy at home and enjoy some old-fashioned Christmas baking, make decorations, colour in our Christmas carol song sheets and more.

City of Greater Geelong has put together some recipes for a few of your favourites but with every country and culture having their own traditions, why not research some further recipe ideas?

Giving home-baked goods as Christmas presents is always a lovely, heart-felt gift that every recipient enjoys.

Try this yummy Christmas shortbread recipe, wrap some biscuits in cellophane and tie in a red ribbon for a delightful gift.

Yummy Christmas shortbread biscuits

These traditional shortbread biscuits make a lovely gift for friends and family.


  • 300 grams plain flour
  • 90 grams rice flour
  • 250 grams butter, softened, in small pieces
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar to dust


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together with an electric beater.
  3. Add the flour and bring the dough together gently.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll out dough and use your favourite biscuit shape cutters to cut out biscuits.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. When cool, dust with icing sugar, decorate with white icing and silver baubles, dip in chocolate or find another creative decorating idea! Enjoy.


Classic pavlova

Who doesn’t love the traditional pav? So light and refreshing yet sweet and delicious. These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.


  • 6 egg whites
  • 330 grams caster sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 300 millilitres thick cream
  • Mixed berries, mango or fruit of choice


  1. Preheat oven top 120 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease a baking tray and add a 20cm circle of baking paper
  3. Beat egg whites and sugar for 10 minutes until thick and glossy
  4. Add cornflour and vinegar and beat for 1 more minute
  5. Spoon mix onto tray and shape in a circle
  6. Bake for 2 hours
  7. Turn off oven and cool in oven with door slightly open
  8. Decorate with cream and fruit of your choice and shavings of chocolate. Yummy!


Fruit mince tarts

These traditional tarts make a very tasty treat for afternoon tea or to accompany a cup of tea after dinner.


  • Shortcrust pastry
  • Icing sugar
  • ½ cup green apple, grated
  • ¼ cup currants or sultanas
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ dates or prunes
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix fruit, almonds, orange juice, sugar and butter and leave to soak for one hour
  3. Use a round biscuit cutter or glass to cut out 24 circles.
  4. Place in a greased mini-muffin tin and fill with the fruit mixture.
  5. Top with pastry lids or cut out small pastry stars to sit on top.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Cool and then dust with icing sugar. Mmmm delicious.


Italian panettone


  • 15 grams yeast
  • 125 millilitres warm milk
  • 400 grams white flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 medium eggs plus 2 yolks
  • 80 grams caster sugar
  • 150 grams salted butter
  • 150 grams mixed dried fruit plus a handful of candied peel


  1. Brush a 15 centimetre cake tin with butter and line with baking paper allowing 10cm above the top
  2. Oil a large bowl and melt the yeast in the milk
  3. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and add in the yeast and milk with the whole eggs and gently mix.
  4. Leave in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the sugar and egg yoks and mix to create a dough, work in the butter and turn onto a floured surface to knead for 5 minutes.
  6. Cover and leave to rise for 2 hours before adding the dried fruit, kneading and allowing to rise for another hour.
  7. Bake in oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes, brushing with butter towards the end of baking.
  8. Allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing and enjoying!
  9. Recipe inspired by this one from  Gino D’Acampo.


Bibingka rice cake from the Phillipines



  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Grated cheese
  • Grated coconut
  • Butter



  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Whisk flours and sugar with the rest of the batter ingredients and poor into a cast-iron pan to bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and top with cheese, coconut and a little butter. Bake for another 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy warm from the oven.
  5. Inspired by a recipe by  Nicole Ponseca.
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