Thursday, 15 January 2015

Celebrate Australia Day with Traditional Chocolate Lamington

Australia Day, falling on January 26, has become nation's largest annual public celebration. It brings together Australians from all walks of life. Be sure to grab your spot along the streets of Australia to cheer the bulk parade participants. It's the national day and ultimate time to celebrate with classic and traditional dishes. Australia has a rich variety of food and drinks. Last year I shared with you Australian Cocktails and I'm so glad that everyone loved to dance with those drinks. 
This time I come up with the traditional dessert called Lamington. Lamington are squares of sponge cake that are dipped in melted chocolate and grated coconut. Lamingtons are usually made up of stale cake. I have used fresh cake. So the trick is to freeze it. After this, sauce the lamination when it is slightly frozen. Though I am equally fond of strawberry and raspberry flavor, this time I tried Chocolate Lamington. You can also add in strawberry cream in between the cake as I have done. 
For the Cake:-
3 eggs,
1/4 cup milk,
1/2 cup sugar,
1/4 cup cornflour,
3/4 cup self raising flour,
3 teaspoons melted butter.
For Icing:-
1/2 cup milk,
3 1/2 cups icing sugar,
1/3 cup cocoa powder,
2 teaspoons melted butter,
2 cups desiccated coconut for coating.
Preparation Method for Cake:-
1. Preheat oven to 180 D.C. Now grease and flour a square shaped cake tin. Take a bowl. Beat eggs, sugar, butter and milk in it. Sift this mixture in flour and cornflour mix. Mix until well combined.
2. Pour the mixture into the greased tin. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Bake time is 25-30 minutes.
3. Allow to cool. Cut into smaller squares. Place in the freezer until it begins to harden, for 1 1/2 hours, uncovered.
Preparation Method for Icing:-
1. Stir butter, milk and cocoa powder, together. Then stir in the icing sugar.
2. Dip frozen cake squares into icing mixture and then into grated coconut.
3. Place on baking paper and allow to defrost. This must take 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.
 Enjoy Australia Day!

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