- Cuisine: Modern Australian
The CWA is, of course, the Country Women's Association – one of the great bastions of Australian country life, its members so adept in the kitchen, they've put out a best selling cookbook full of tried-and-true recipes.
Lamingtons are perhaps the definitive Australian cake, possibly developed as a means to use up stale cake. Mrs Joyce Pascoe's recipe is legend across the central western area of New South Wales, amongst the local country women gathering for afternoon tea and the shearers on her husband's 1000 acre property "Loloma" stopping for a 'smoko'. She's thrown away the heavy buttercake recipe that's normally the basis for lamingtons and opted for a much lighter sponge. Lamingtons freeze beautifully.
4 tablespoons castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g Fielders cornflour (wheaten cornflour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
200 g icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Fresh dessicated coconut
Beat eggs until frothy - this recipe is much easier if you use an electric mixer. Add the sugar slowly, continuing to beat the mixture. Add vanilla essence.
Sift flour and baking powder three times. Add to egg mixture then add the butter which has been melted and just brought to the boil.
Pout the mixture into a greased, lined lamington tray (27 x 20 cm)
Bake in a moderate oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
Turn out and cool on a wire rack.
Combine icing sugar, cocoa and butter together in an enamel bowl, adding a little boiling water to make mixture runny. Stand over bowl of boiling water to keep icing mixture liquid.
Cut cake into 5 centimetre squares, skewer each with a fork and with a knife coat with icing mixture. Roll in coconut, coating evenly. Sit on waxed paper to dry.
Serve on large platters on paper doilies.
Tip: a teatowel over the rack stops marking. Also put cooled cake into freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting - it makes slicing so much easier).
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