Lamingtons


 This is probably ultra random but I just saw the "visit Australia" ad on TV and lamingtons came to mind. The last time I was in Australia was probably my trip to Sydney and I remember having lamingtons during our mid day tea time. So after a few minutes of reminiscing I convinced myself to get up off my heinie and make some.

What are lamingtons? have you ever had one before? It’s an Australian original! Soft , spongy, and light yellow cake dipped in a rich chocolate icing then generously rolled in dried coconut. Perhaps I’ve got your attention now? It’s too bad lamingtons aren’t more readily available anywhere and the only option is probably to make it yourself. I don’t even think Australian restaurants serve them!  Fortunately for us die hard lamington lovers, and the curious…it’s not so difficult to make…and boy have I got The recipe for you! Trust me on this one…once you take one bite I promise you’ll be converted.


the perfect lamington

* I used unsweetened dried shredded coconut that I picked up from whole foods.
Tip: I use two forks to handle the cake squares and dip them in the chocolate and then the coconut. Let the chocolate drip off a bit before you put it in the coconut.

Lamingtons
Yield: 16 squares

1 stick butter softened
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/2 t vanilla
2 eggs
1 ¼ C flour
2 ½ t baking powder
1/4 C milk
2 C shredded coconut (or more if needed) *

Chocolate icing
2 T softened butter
2 ¾ C powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 t vanilla
1 ¼ cocoa
5 ounces boiling water

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy (2-3 minutes on med-high). Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in combined sifted flour and baking powder alternating with milk and stir until smooth, ending with flour mixture. Spoon mixture into a greased and lined square tin (9x9) and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Stand in tin for 10 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: If your cake turns out too brown and crusty, with a serrated knife just trim of the browned edges.

For the icing

Combine all ingredients with 5 ounces boiling water and mix until smooth. This mixture will be very runny.

Assembly

Cut cake into approximately 1" squares and dip each one into icing, then into coconut and place lamingtons on a wire rack to set for a bit. If you can’t wait…just devour immediately!





photo courtesy: CL

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