Lamingtons for Australia Day

27Jan08

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To celebrate Australia Day yesterday, I spent all day at the beach in Williamstown just chilling out with a few friends. We had a couple of beers, enjoyed some munchies and it was quite relaxing. It was beautifully warm day, but unfortunately, the weather was very Melbourne and erratic as ever, with sunshine one minute, then pouring rain the next and Mother Nature was kind enough to repeat this behaviour a few times during the day. Sigh… still, our spirits weren’t dampened and the little portable radio we brought along provided musical relief as it blasted out funky tunes from Triple J’s Hottest 100, with Muse’s ‘Knights of Cydonia’ taking out top spot for 2007.

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To take to the beach, I decided to make something quintessentially Australian: the humble lamington. It is basically a cube of sponge cake, sometimes split in two and sandwiched together with a thin smear of jam, dipped in chocolate icing and then finished off with a tumble in dessicated coconut.

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Lamingtons

I’ve decided to add my own little twist by simply toasting the coconut beforehand. It adds a really nice depth of flavour and a touch of colour too.

(base recipe by one of my favourite foodies, Bill Granger, in his book ‘Every Day’)

Sponge Cake

6 large eggs, at room temperature (recipe will not work if they are straight from the fridge)

150g caster sugar

200g self-raising flour, sifted

30g unsalted butter, melted and cooled

60ml hot water

Chocolate icing

500g icing sugar, sifted

200g dark chocolate, chopped

15g unsalted butter

150ml milk

375g shredded coconut (you can use dessicated coconut if that’s all you have)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line with non-stick baking paper an 18 x 28cm (7 x 11 inch) tin with baking paper.
  2. Spread out the coconut onto a baking tray and lightly toast until just golden tinged. Allow to cool and set aside.
  3. For the cake, beat the eggs for about 5-10 minutes until they are light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is thick, all the sugar has dissolved and it has tripled in volume. Sift in the flour and gently fold in using a metal spoon. Add the butter and hot water and combine. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for around 30 minutes or until light golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  4. For the icing, place the chocolate, icing sugar, butter and milk in a heatproof bowl and place over a pot of simmering water. Constantly stir until melted.
  5. Once cool, cut the sponge into however many squares you like. I managed to get 20.
  6. The easiest way to ice the sponge cake squares is to set everything up before you begin. Have your cake ready on the left, your big bowl of cooled chocolate icing in the middle, a tray of toasted coconut beside that, and a wire rack for your completed beauties. I find it easiest to coat the cake with the icing using my hands instead of using the usual method of two forks. With your left hand, dip the cake cubes into the icing, place it onto the tray of coconut and then using your right hand, toss in the coconut until covered. Place on a wire rack to set.

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Easy as that! :)

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15 Responses to “Lamingtons for Australia Day”

  1. ooh happy australia day!
    i love lamingtons..miam
    i just stumbled onto your blog, so sweet
    have a lovely long weekend!

  2. oh and have a look at this blog
    i think you’ll like it..
    http://chocolateandzucchini.com/

  3. Thanks Marie, happy Australia Day to you too!

    I’ve seen Clotilde’s blog before. I think it’s great that she is now famous from her blog. She’s even released her own book the lucky thing :)

  4. They look great. I’ve always wanted to make them.

  5. 5 travelrat

    Lovely!

    For me, Lamingtons are up there with Balfour’s pies, Tim-tams and Cooper’s Pale Ale!

    (You can keep the Vegemite, though! :) )

    Best,

    Keith

  6. Love your pictures and writing. Your writing is so fun and your photographs are superb. Thanks for the inspirations.

  7. Rachel – Thanks. I hope I’ve inspired you to give them a go :)

    Keith – If you look closely in the second photo, my friend Fiona on the right is actually drinking a Coopers Pale Ale. It’s one of my all-time favourite beers :)

    I LURRRRVVVE Vegemite, it’s my favourite spread to have on toast.

    White On Rice Couple – Thanks guys! Those nice words mean a lot as I try really hard each post, especially for the photos.

    I’m of Vietnamese background so it’s fun to read about banh mi and Tet on your blog :p

    I love the photography on your site too. Really bright and beautiful! :)

  8. 8 commoi

    Ah, lamingtons… Something that more people should know about.

    Beautiful photographs and charming blog. I am glad that I discovered this today! :D

  9. 9 justopia

    Ah, another great blog in our midsts. Happy to have found you and a belated Happy Australia Day!

  10. Commoi – I agree, lamingtons are the best. In true lazy Aussie fashion, sometimes we call them ‘lammos’, haha!

    Justopia – Cheers! Happy Australia Day mate :)

  11. 11 bevsedgehills

    Happy Australia Day! They look fabulous! yumyumyum

  12. Happy Australia Day!

    Gosh, those look delish!

    I love your photos — they look like stock photos. Wow.

  13. Thank you Joy!

  14. 14 Fran

    Linda I so enjoy your website. I’m back to get that lamington recipie again. They were a great hit
    Fran

  15. 15 Glossop Goddess

    Happy Australia Day in advance of Tuesday.

    I’ve been set the challenge of cooking Lamingtons by an Australian colleague at work. I will be using this recipe.


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