Lemon Lamingtons

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IMG_0982 (Photo credit: RosieTulips)

Butterfly was tasked with purchasing some snacks from Coles yesterday and one of the things she came home with was Lemon Lamingtons. For those who don’t know, lamingtons are a popular Australian snack consisting of squares of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and covered with coconut. In this case, however, instead of chocolate, the cakes were dipped in lemon.

I won’t lie, I was rather skeptical when Butterfly told me what she bought, but I’ll try almost anything once, so I had one for afternoon tea. Oh my goodness. If you haven’t tried these, you are missing out. They are delicious and have a completely different taste from ordinary lamingtons. Anyway, I have found the recipe on KidSpot. Here is a link for those who want to try these for themselves:

http://www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Australian+58/Lemon-Lamingtons-recipe+3206.htm

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Cake Balls

Trifle

Trifle (Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik)

Yesterday I baked a cake. Well, Ok, yesterday I tried to bake a cake. It didn’t turn out very well, though. It tasted great, and it was beautiful and moist, but I guess I didn’t grease the tin properly. When I tried to tip it out of the tin, only half of it came out. The other half stayed put. I guess it didn’t want to be eaten.

In any case, I didn’t have any custard or cream to make trifle and I didn’t want to waste all that food, so I turned to my new best friend – google. I found a really great recipe for something called cake balls. I’m afraid I forgot to note the website but if this is your recipe please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

Anyway, they are very, very easy to make. Simply take your ruined cake (or you can make a cake especially if you want) and crumble it into a bowl. Mix in the frosting that was intended for your cake (I just used icing sugar mixed with milk). Make sure the frosting is thoroughly mixed in with the cake. Refrigerate overnight. It should turn out kind of hard and very sticky. Melt some chocolate chips in a bowl over boiling water. We used two small packs. Form your cake into tablespoon sized balls, coat in the chocolate and place on a lined tray. Refrigerate until set.

Mine did not turn out as beautiful as the ones in the picture on the website, but they were absolutely delicious and my kids just love them. In fact, it is hard to stop at one!

So next time you have a failed cake, don’t despair – it’s just a sign that an even better dessert shall be yours!

Corn Meal Cookies

A Teaspoon with Baking powder

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (we used lemon juice)
  • ½ cup raisons, chopped (we just used sultanas)
  • 3 cups plain flour (we used self-raising flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (we left this out because we used SR flour instead of plain)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (we used cinnamon)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter

Method:

  1. Cream shortening, add sugar, eggs and lemon extract. Beat well.
  2. Mix raisins with ½ cup flour and add.
  3. Sift remaining flour and the other dry ingredients and add, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet and flatten out with a fork.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
  6. Makes 60.

Comments:

We found that we had to add a bit of water as the mixture was a little dry. We didn’t get the 60 cookies that the recipe states, but the kids were making them, so our ‘teaspoons’ were all different sizes. We found we needed to cook for 15 minutes. These biscuits are absolutely delicious and my kids just loved them!