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Hanmer’s culinary oasis: Salt N Pepper

Christmas in July? What craziness is this?! It’s Salt N Pepper in Hanmer Springs bringing you the wonder of Christmas fare with a three course Christmas feast of course! Bookings are essential as it is on for only 2 Fridays in July – from 5pm on Friday 19 and Friday 26 July you can savour three delicious courses.



They set the venue with decorations for Christmas with crackers on the tables and the fire is always on when the weather is cool. For those that still want to sit outside, there are heaters and complementary loan blankets – there is already snow on the mountains and you can enjoy some winter fare.

With a stunning view of Conical Hill, a menu of outstanding food and a selection of incredible beverages and beer to choose from, it’s no surprise that everyone is flocking to Salt N Pepper while in Hanmer Springs to retreat and relax. With options for all tastes, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free included, there’s something special for everyone. It’s not just Christmas Fare in July that’s good; every day of the week has an indulgence at Salt N Pepper.

Open 7am to 9pm and fully licensed for beer and wine, put Salt N Pepper on your itinerary for a visit to the thermal wonderland that is Hanmer Springs. Take your break overlooking the duck pond at Boulder Point Precinct, 8 Chisholm Crescent.


Christmas Trifle

Christmas Trifle Recipe

It simply is not Christmas without a trifle; it makes such a great table centrepiece. The best thing is you can invent your own trifle layers using your favourite sponge or meringue – mix and match fruits, creams, jellies and inclusions – there really are no rules. This trifle is entirely made up of recipes from Chefs Host Christmas.


Christmas Trifle
Serves 12 – 16



Just go for it! I’m using cherries here because they are AMAZING but use whatever you fancy as a fruity substitute.



The best part about this, apart from the taste, is that it can all be made in advance. Knock this out on Chrissy Eve and you’ll be winning.



25 minutes (plus overnight setting and 1-hour chilling on the day)



500g cherries in vanilla syrup
500ml moscato jelly
720g white chocolate + vanilla cream, whipped
2 x chocolate brownie discs, 18cm diameter
75g dark chocolate, melted
360g custard
200g champagne sabayon


  • For the trifle, you will need a 2.5 litre glass bowl with a diameter of 18–20 cm to fit all the layers.


  • Drain the cherries and reserve the syrup. Arrange the cherries in the bottom of the glass bowl. Slowly pour the melted jelly into the bowl to cover the cherries. Place the bowl in the fridge and leave to set overnight.


  • The next day, spoon half of the white chocolate and vanilla cream onto the jelly and spread it out to the edge of the bowl with a spoon. Drizzle half of the reserved cherry syrup over the top of the cream.


  • Place one of the chocolate brownie discs on top of the cream and push it gently into the cream layer to half submerge it. Spoon the remaining white chocolate and vanilla cream onto the chocolate sponge. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top using a spoon.


  • Place the second chocolate brownie disc on top of the cream and again push it gently into the cream layer to half submerge. Spoon on the custard and spread it out to the edge of the bowl before drizzling the remaining cherry syrup over the top.


  • Spoon the champagne sabayon over the custard, to fill the glass bowl. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour to let everything settle and soak in.


  • Meanwhile, prepare the decorations for the trifle. Make the meringue dots and chocolate shards.


  • When you are ready to serve, remove the trifle from the fridge. Decorate with fresh cherries, drained cherries in syrup, meringue dots, chocolate shards and gold leaf.


Fresh cherries
Cherries in vanilla syrup, extra, drained
Meringue dots
Dark chocolate shards
Edible gold leaf