Amuse bouche: Desserts from Australia-Lamingtons

By on Sep 21, 2010 in amuse bouche, Australia, Desserts | 0 comments

The lamington is one of the few all-Australian desserts, and consists of vanilla sponge cake, occasionally filled with jam, and rolled in chocolate and coconut. It was said to have been named after Lord Lamington, governor of Queensland from 1895-1901, and has been a popular tea-time and lunch-time treat, as well as a staple at fundraisers throughout Australia. Source: Looking for Flavour by Barbara Santich pp.112-113 *********** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain....

Leena Bakes: A Giant Lamington Cake of Happiness

By on Sep 20, 2010 in Australia, Cakes, Desserts, Leena Bakes | 2 comments

Tea time is what I miss most about living in Australia–a guaranteed excuse twice a day to drink something warm and lovely and nosh on a little snack, preferably something sweet. One of the most popular tea time snacks in Australia is the lamington cake, which could be as simple as a vanilla sponge cake rolled into chocolate and coconut, or as fancy as a dark chocolate cake layered affair with champagne mousse and thick shavings of fresh coconut. I was craving a similar dessert for an impromptu dinner party, and I just so happened to have a stash of coconut and homemade jam, so lamginton it was! And instead of painstakingly making each individual tea cake, I decided to make a giant cake version and just cut slices for people. Motivated AND lazy, people—I’m the best of both worlds. More food porn and the recipe after the jump. Where does the lamington cake come from...