Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Making lamingtons for Australia Day is a tradition my sister Fiona & I started many years ago. There's something really satisfying about the process and they taste SOOO much better than store-bought. Here's my go-to lamington recipe, which I entered into the Ekka two years ago. Sometimes, I like to mix things up with lamington cake or cupcakes, which are great options too.
But this year, I'm on a stint of clean eating, meaning traditional lamingtons are out of the question. So I started hunting around for a suitable version, but had no luck. Well, we all know what to do in that situation - make up your own!
I was pretty impressed with the end result - the cake is light & moist & delicious, the chocolate icing is to DIE for and the whole package is practically perfect (trust me, I've eaten three today...oops!) Who knew lamingtons could be guilt-free! Make sure you give these ones a go :-)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut cream
1 cup cocoa
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius / 160 fan-forced.
In a food processor, combine the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla, oil, honey and coconut cream. Process for about 30 seconds, until well combined.
Line a 20cm x 20cm square tin with baking paper. Pour mixture into tin and bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
Leave to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
Combine cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup until it's a coating consistency. Add hot water if necessary.
Slice the cake into bars. Coat with chocolate icing then coconut. Place on a wire rack to set, then keep in the fridge.
If you want an easier and cleaner option, simply spread the chocolate icing over the top of the uncut cake, then sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate and slice to serve.