Sunday, September 24, 2006

Treat Me Right

Hello dears. Glory here. This week I'm putting up the recipe for lamingtons, those little cakes that look like they're suffering with dandruff. Lamingtons are the staple of all good Aussie fetes (school or church fairs.) They're said to be named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1895 - 1901, but personally I think they were named after Ned Kelly. He was the one on the lam after all.


6 eggs
2/3 cup castor sugar
1/3 cup cornflour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/3 cup self-raising flour
2 cups (180g) coconut, approximately


4 cups (500g) icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
15g butter, melted
2/3 cup milk

Grease 23cm square slab pan. Beat eggs in medium bowl with electric mixer about 10minutes, or until thick and creamy. Gradually beat in sugar, dissolving between additions. Fold in triple-sifted flours. Spread mixture in prepared pan. Bake in moderate oven about 30 minutes. Turn onto wire rack to cool.
Cut cake into 16 squares, dip squares into icing, drain off excess icing, toss squares in coconut. Place lamingtons on wire rack to set.
Icing: Sift icing sugar and cocoa into heatproof bowl, stir in butter and milk. Stir over pan of simmering water until icing is of coating consistency.
Makes 16 lamingtons

A Cooking Tip: The cake is easier to handle if it's a little stale. Day old cake is ideal, which means if I want to make lamingtons I have to hide cake from Gabriel and Henry. Sponge or butter cake can be used. Lamingtons can be filled with jam and cream, if desired. Best enjoyed with billy tea, good friends and wonderful conversation. What's your favorite treat?

Blessing Glory B- a christmas story in the making


Kristen Painter said...

I've never heard of these, but they sound lovely. I'm mad for anything with coconut.


Heather said...

I've never heard of them either. They sound good but holy cholesterol -- 6 eggs?!

Babe King said...

Yeah, they're yummy but rich. Mostly you can only eat one of them, but they are found in just about every bakery here and most school tuckshops(canteens) and, well every where. We sort of take them for granted, sort of like you do to doughnuts(though we have them too). It always surprises me when you guys haven't heard of something that is so everyday here. You'll have to make some for a little taste of Oz. We also have lamington drives to raise money for school and church groups- that is how popular they are. :-)

Debbie said...

omg, I have to try these! they sound heavenly.
mmmm...chocolate and coconut...