Monday, August 18, 2008

Lamingtons




A few of us got together to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics and eat some delicious food! We each picked a country (Australia, Greece, Italy, Cuba & Mexico) and brought food from that country. We also cheered for our adopted country as they walked in. Way to go China for not going in alphabetical order and instead going in order of the number of brushstrokes used to create each symbol—Australia was 203 of 205! No one got a pic of our amazing spread, but it was so good! Cuban sandwiches, meatballs, homemade salsas, antipasto, Greek salad and more!

I made lamingtons, the official dessert of Australia. There are tons of recipes online, but I sort came up with a semi-homemade version:

Lamingtons

1 frozen pound cake, sliced in half length wise and then cut into 12-16 pieces (much easier to slice and work with while still cold)
½ bag of shredded coconut, toasted
4 c. powder sugar
1/3 c. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. butter
½ c. milk
Can of heavy whipped cream/topping (like canned Redi-Whip or Cool Whip)

Toast coconut in the oven or a skillet. Place coconut in a large bowl or plate to cool.

Combine cocoa powder and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter and milk in a medium pot on a medium temperature. Slowly add sugar mixture into milk in about four batches. Stir continuously between each batch smooth out any lumps.

Take a piece of pound cake and dip it into the chocolate using a spatula to cover all sides. Let the cake drain over the pot. Put cake in coconut and coat all sides. Place on a cookie rack to cool and set. Work quickly to cover the remaining cake with chocolate and coconut.

To store, place a layer of wax paper in a Tupperware container. Stack lamingtons on top of each other, separating with more wax paper. Cover the top layer of lamingtons with wax paper before shutting the lid. Refrigerate until an hour before serving.

To serve, slice each lamington in half and place a dollop of whipped cream between before sandwiching the two slices together.

1 comment:

april. said...

yum!! i miss you!!

i can't believe you're starting classes again already...