Sunday, September 19, 2010

lamington

A Lamington is a sponge cake in the shape of a cuboid, coated in a layer of traditionally chocolate icing then desiccated coconut. Lamingtons are sometimes served as two halves with a layer of cream and/or strawberry jam between, and are commonly found in Australasian outlets such as cafes, lunch bars, bakeries, and supermarkets. The raspberry variety is more common in New Zealand, while a lemon variety has been encountered in Australia.

The Lamington is named after Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901. According to legend, Lamingtons were first served in Toowoomba when Lord Lamington took his entourage to Harlaxton House to escape the steamy heat of Brisbane. The Lamingtons' chef at Queensland's Government House, Armand Gallad, was called upon at short notice to provide something to feed unexpected guests. According to the Melbourne Age newspaper, Gallad cut up some left over French vanilla sponge cake baked the day before, dipped the slices in chocolate and set them in coconut (an ingredient not widely used in European cooking at that time). Lady Lamington's guests then asked for the recipe. lama juga saya perhatikan resepi ni, bertahun-tahun lamanya....(semenjak beli buku resepi ni lah)...tetapi baru semalam termampu saya membuatnya....hehe....bukannya apa, cuba tengok macam mana rupanya kek tu....pasti ambik masa nak buatkan dan kalau mood tu separuh-separuh je, jangan buat...takut nanti siap separuh jalan je....

sebaiknya sejukkan kek tersebut dalam peti sejuk hingga keras (separuh beku), barulah dipotong kiub, celup dalam icing atau sirap dan coat dengan kelapa. barulah cantik dan betul-betul segi empat. oleh kerana saya malas nak menunggu dan tak sabar, maka saya terus buat selepas sejam dikeluarkan dari oven. itulah sebab rupanya sumbing sana-sini. tak mengapa, janji sedap di makan....

Honey Lamington

ingredients

125g dark chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup honey
185g butter
1/3 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup water
2 cups coconut

honey syrup
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water

method
grease 23cm square slab pan, line with paper and grease paper. melt chocolate in a bowl over hot water, stir in honey.
cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in eggs one at a time, beat until combined. stir in chocolate mixture, then half the sifted flour and soda with half the water, then remaining flour and water. spread into prepared pan. bake at 180C for 30 minutes. stand 5 minutes or keep in the fridge (if your like). trim crusts from cold cake, cut into small squares. toss each square in honey syrup. toss in coconut. allow to set.

syrup
combine all ingredients. simmer uncovered until syrup slightly thickened...cool....

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