Sunday, January 29, 2012

..on Lamingtons and a cake book

'lamington is a sponge cake of Australian origin in the shape of a cuboid'; this fabulous description of a lamington comes, of course, from Wikipedia, which also contains a brief history of this iconic Aussie munchie. Apparently the 'earliest identified mention of the lamington is a recipe for the lamington cake published in January 1902', which is pretty ancient history by Australian standards.

You can read all about it here.

When I was a young mum this book was considered the bible of cake and slice making. All of my friends had this book and we compared great recipes.

EVERY recipe is fabulous and faultless, well all of the ones that I have tried anyway :-)
A quick flick through reveals my fave recipes.

The 'quick mix' page is particularly well thumbed - anyone with four young children will appreciate why this is the case.

This sultana cake is just about the best fruit cake recipe ever. I briefly lived in a house with a wood fired oven and baked this cake in it. It was the most fabulous cake I have ever tasted. If I don't mind saying so myself. Maybe even better than the one baked in the legendary 'Women's Weekly Test Kitchen'.

 This is my signature dessert cake. If you haven't tasted it, come on over and I will make it for you :-) Best with a dollop of heavy cream.

The chocolate cake recipes have taken a bashing as you can see from these pics.

This 'Rich Fruit Cake' has been my Christmas Cake recipe for the last 25 years or so. The only time the recipe has not worked perfectly was when I used a bigger cake tin than recommended and overcooked the cake. It still tasted good though.

There is a whole chapter on Lamingtons. I made the basic 'Lamingtons' recipe for Australia Day this year. There is exactly this recipe on line here. Sorry about the bra adds :-o.

To fully appreciate a lamington you really need one of these to go with it.


1 comment:

  1. i adore your teapot and cup/saucer
    and wow, those recipes look well loved :)