Food and drink are two of our favourite things in the world. I wish we could seem all cultured; saying we could taste the differences of two wine regions, or appreciate michelin-star dining. Sadly, that’s not the case.
I became a little obsessed with drinking coffee in New York, despite D adamantly protesting that it’s not proper coffee. Our favourite food in Brazil was pizza. And lastly, the thing we bought whenever we went to a shop in Australia – Lamingtons.
Lamingtons are a light a fluffy sponge cake, covered in chocolate icing and then smothered in chopped coconut. Fun fact: They are named after the British Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington. It is rumoured that his cook was asked to prepare something for some unexpected visitors, and this is all he had left in the cupboard.
Friday 21st July 2017 is National Lamington Day in Australia. To celebrate that and the crazy hot weather we’ve been having in the UK for the past few weeks, we decided to recreate our favourite Australian treat.
And actually, it’s really easy.
We adapted the recipe from Taste.com.au and they turned out to be soft and yummy and absolutely perfect – especially with a cup of English Breakfast. If you’d like to have a go at making them yourself, all you need is this handy-dandy recipe.
- 125g soft butter
220g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
250g self-raising flour
A bag of desiccated coconut (ours was 200g)
500g icing sugar
30g cocoa powder
120ml boiling water
- Put the oven on to 180°C. Grease a square tin.
- Mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each one.
- Sift the flour into the bowl and then pour in the milk.
- Fill the pan with the mixture and put in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Eat the remaining cake mixture while you wait*
- Take the cake out of the oven when a skewer comes out clean.
- Wait for 10 minutes and then take the cake out of the tin.
- Let the cake 100% cool down.
- Sift the icing sugar a cocoa into a different bowl.
- Add the butter and boiling water.
- Stir until there are no lumps left.
- Cut the cake into as many pieces as youwant. We chose 16, but I think 25 would have worked too.
- Set out your conveyor belt of cake, then the icing, then some coconut in a shallow dish, and then a wire rack over a baking tray.
- For each cake piece, dip it in the icing and wait for the excess to drip off.
- Using a spoon, cover every side in coconut.
- Place on the wire rack.
- Leave to stand until set (around 2 hours)
- Eat the rest of the icing**
- Persuade someone else to clear up the horrendous mess you’ve made.
* There is definitely a health risk with eating anything with raw eggs, please use your own judgement.
** This is almost pure sugar, and will leave you feeling pretty horrendous if you eat all of it. But, it does taste great mixed in with greek yoghurt.
What’s your favourite international food? Do you celebrate any weird holidays? Let us know in the comments below!
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