Tuesday, December 15, 2009

lamington's

My mother was known for many a recipe in her life, but I think if there was one treat in particular I always looked forward to, it was this. The lamington. With her Australian roots, it was no wonder we were privy to this delicious treat so many people are unaware of. How popular are they, how about having their own day - Friday 21 July 2006 was designated as National Lamington Day in Australia.

What makes this so delicious who knows. The chocolate, the coconut, the memories, the cake. Probably all of it really. It's something I've continued to make after my mother's passing, to keep the my tummy full and the memories alive. Very simple to make, a lamington is prepared by baking a sponge or butter cake. Slicing the cake into squares, covering in chocolate icing and then rolling it around in coconut. Who wouldn't love that right! Plus think of all the fun you can have making them with kids. I know I love it.

If you ever do create a lamington, or come over to the homestead for one, let me know what you think. I dare say, I bet it will be delicious. And don't forget; if you have any leftover chocolate, roll a banana around and cover in coconut. A trick I learned in Guatemala and it's also delicious!

*typically a lamington is done with chocolate icing (cocoa powder, icing sugar, milk) but for a change of pace, I picked up some Belgium milk chocolate melting wafers at Bulk Barn and gave that a go. Quite a different result, with this chocolate giving more of a protective layer, and adding a bit of richness that isn't normally found in cocoa powder.

5 comments:

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

Those look really yummy! Love the tip about rolling a banana in chocolate and coconut. Mmmmm...

Brooke said...

I looove Lamingtons, courtesy of Australian flatmates when I lived in London. I've always been too lazy to make them, but you've inspired me to try!

Chris said...

I made another round of the bananas today. A definite hit in the homestead Cathy.

Once you have the lamington bug Brooke, there is no going back. Glad you're on board!!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

This looks easy enough. I wonder if my nieces would like to make it? Have you tried it with kids?

Chris said...

So easy, and super delicious. As long as the kids you are with enjoy chocolate and coconut, then it's probably guaranteed a success. I know I loved it as a child, once my mother would roll the chocolate icing on, she would dump it into my pile of shredded coconut and I would fluff and roll it around until it was covered. Yum!

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