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Monday, January 26, 2009

Australia Day Lamingtons

I made these yummy Aussie Lamingtons last night to have today for afternoon tea with my daughter Sarah and her partner. They have just purchased and moved into their new first home. It is a lovely, quaint 100 year old cottage. Her mind is abuzz with ideas, so over the next few years she is going to have lots of fun getting this house just as she wants it.

This recipe is taken from

Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen's Classic Country Collection.

Over 500 recipes and handy hints for classic Australian Fare


The late Lang Hancock's favourite.

125gms butter

125gms sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 eggs

250gms self raising flour

pinch salt

1/2 cup milk

Chocolate Icing:

250 gms icing sugar

6-8 level teaspoons cocoa

1 teaspoon butter

few drops of vanill essence

desiccated coconut for coating

Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Sift flour and salt together. Add flour alternately with milk to the mixture. Turn into a greased and floured lamington tin. Bake in a moderate oven (180-200C) for 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut cake into squares.


Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Blend in cocoa with a little boiling water, add a few drops of vanill essence. Add butter, mix well, adding a little more boiling water if necessary, until icing is smooth. Dip each cake into icing and then roll in coconut. Set aside until firm.

(I froze the cake as this makes it easier to work with, I also doubled it as I was greedy).

The recipes in this book are basic old fashioned, in your pantry type recipes. I shall be using it as my companion while planning menus this year. (Part of me getting more organised and saving some money).

No Aussie barbeques for us today, we are looking at having something cooler in this heat. I have some cold chicken in the fridge, I shall just add some salad.
43C (109.4F) is forecast for here tomorrow.

Until next time,

Take care,

x Tania


  1. I can taste those lamingtons Tania... yum... haven't made them for ages. My daughter bought an almost hundred year old house too..she is having fun doing with it.. its kookaburracottage.blogspot.com if you get a chance to look. Lots of work..but lots of fun too..hope your daughter enjoys it. Marilyn

  2. Cold chicken was a great idea. We finally settled on something but before that we were very lack luster about it, because they all involved cooking.

  3. Wehad a BBQ as it stayed about 30 and was lovely...Nice breeze and had Pav and fruit salad...yum!
    That cookbook would be a beauty...She was famous for Pumpkin scones i think???
    Enjoy those Lamingtons they look delish

  4. Happy Australia Day ! I found your blog through "Hill Upon Hill". Thanks for sharing this recipe for Lamingtons - they look delicious ! Those old fashioned, basic cookbooks are always the best, aren't they ?
    Lynda, Kilimanjaro, East Africa

  5. Hi Tania

    Thinking of you today in that horrible heat. We are expecting Tues-37 Wed-35 Thur-37 Fri-35 Sat-35 Sun-29 so not too bad. We get a lot of humidity nowadays - I expect your heat is dry?

    Must try those lovely lamingtons one day - my kids do like them.

    Cold chicken is a really good one for a stinking hot day - a few different salads and yummo!

    I've just been and bought another fan for my office - it is one room that doesn't get any air circulation, even with the window open. Very stuffy. So my desk is getting blown all over the office now. Lol!

    Do try and stay cool - Joolz

  6. Yummy lamingtons! I made pavlova :)
    How exciting for your daughter and partner to buy their first home and a quaint 100 year old cottage to boot, lovely. You will have to show us some photos of its charm and character :)


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