Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy Australia Day!!

Woo hoo, Australia Day is here!!

Whatever you're doing today, beaching it, bbq, spending it with family, friends, or going out for the fireworks, I hope you have fun.

Yesterday, to get in to the spirit of things, I decided to make some lamingtons.

Last year, I was living in England for Australia Day and my flatmate made some Lamingtons from a recipe that was in a free magazine called TNT that is issued in England for foreigners (specifically Aussies, Saffas & Kiwis). They tasted really good and I made a point of ripping the page out and bringing the recipe back to Aus with me, and decided to use it to make them this year!!

They turned out really nice - they're not as spongey as a Lamnington you would buy from the supermarket, but they've got a really nice flavour and the cake isn't too sweet which is good as it balances nicely with the sweeteness of the icing.

Lamingtons - makes approx 18

125g butter, softened
1/2 cup of sugar

cream this until light and fluffy

add to this 2 eggs & vanilla and beat well

measure out 125 mls milk (I used buttermilk as I had some in the fridge that needed to be used up) and 1 1/2 cups of Self Raising flour.

Fold in milk and flour alternatively until it is all combined.

Pour in to a Lamington tin and bake at 180C for about 20 mins or until a light golden colour and the cake comes away from the edges of the pan.

Cool on a rack, slice in to squares and chill in the fridge until you're ready to dip them in the icing.

Icing recipe:

1 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp boiling water
2 tbsp butter

And you'll need about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of coconut for rolling the iced cakes in.

Add all the above to a saucepan and stir constantly until boiled. Dip chilled squares of cake in the icing and let the excess drip off. Toss immediately in the coconut and then pop them on a plate and let them set.

That's it. It's pretty simple and they're damn tasty too!!

This is what it looks like when it's been baked at 180c for about 20 mins

Cut in to squares

And once they've been dipped in icing/coconut.

Looks like they're having a nice little picnic ;)



g 3 o r g i L y n said...

its not often that i get to correct you! hahahaa.......

"lamningtons" HAHAHAAHAH
please have this corrected..
thank you loser no.1! :)
these look SOOO YUUMMYYY!!!