What is more Australian than a Lamington?


Named after a funny hat and a governor of Queensland, these coconut and chocolate-dipped sponge treats will be a hit at your next tea party or Australia day party.  Whatever your nationality, please enjoy these treats!

I found the 'original' lamington recipe a little dry due to the coconut and dry cocoa used in the recipe.  So I've 'pimped' up the recipe by using REAL coconut, proper Lindt chocolate and rum to make the sauce.  Queenslanders love their rum!

To make the recipe the original way, you can use icing sugar/cocoa/hot water for the sauce and dessicated coconut for the covering.  That is not as tasty!

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients - a latin noun for what "goes in" to your creation!

Apologies for the non-SI / non-metric folk. The ingredients are in cups, units, mL and grams.

Sponge Cake:
3 eggs (free range is better)
125g of caster sugar
125g salted butter
50mL milk
1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
1 3/4 cup of self-raising flour

250g dark (high cocoa fat) quality chocolate eg. Lindt
125g salted butter
1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
25mL milk or cream
50g icing or caster sugar
2 capfuls of rum

2 fresh coconuts (for the flesh, not the drinking coconuts)

you can subsititute cocoa for the chocolate by replacing the sauce with icing sugar, cocoa and hot water (don't use the butter).
you can subsistute dessicated for fresh coconut but the flavour will be drier, less moist, and less 'coconutty'

Given you are making this on Australia day, it is essential to have a beverage of some sort! (Boags or bundy and coke)

<p>looking delicious</p>
<p>They look better than my grandmas, awesome work.</p>
thanks a lot! hope you enjoy the recipe.. bundy and chocolate - i'll be over to your place in australia day!
Now that is how you make a good lamington! I've never made my own but my mum used to make a batch now and then, love them to bits. I've got a bottle of Bundy, and some good dark chocolate.. ;)

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