Friday, 29 March 2013

Recipe for Lamingtons

Straight from Australia, these chocolatey treats just melt in your mouth, leaving you craving for more. Thank you Shweta for the recipe.

You will need once 10" vanilla sponge and 1 cup of chocolate sauce. 

For vanilla sponge:

1 + 1/2 cups All purpose flour (maida)
1 cup plain thick curds
3/4 cup sugar (the recipe called for powdered sugar, but I used castor sugar.)
1/2 cup- cooking oil
1 +1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp- baking soda
a pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract / essence

For chocolate sauce:
100 gms. dark chocolate (you can use cooking chocolate or a normal one).
100 gms milk chocolate (you can use cooking chocolate or a normal one).
3 tbsp coco
50 gms. butter (Use cocoa butter. It will give a very smooth texture).

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups- dessicated coconut
Preheat the oven at 180 degree celcius for 10-15 minutes.  Line (grease it with oil and dust it with flour) a 10" square baking pan.

Sieve the flour thrice and keep aside.

Take curd in a mixing bowl and whisk it till free of lumps.
Now, add sugar to the curd and mix till the sugar dissolves.

Add baking soda and baking powder and mix well. Keep it aside for 5-10 minutes
or until the mixture becomes frothy and small bubbles appear on the top.

Add oil and vanilla essence and stir gently.

Now add the flour in three batches and fold it in gently using a whisk or a rubber spatula.
Pour the batter in the lined pan, taking care that the batter doesn't break while pouring. Smoothen the top with the rubber spatula.

Bake at 160 degree celcius for 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Keep an eye on it after 20-25 minutes.
Let it cool down. After 20-25 minutes, flip the pan on a wooden board and tap it lightly so that the cake comes out easily. Flip the cake and let it cool for some more time on a wire rack.

While your sponge is cooling down, you can prepare the chocolate sauce.
Chop the chocolate finely. And melt it with butter in a double boiler or in a microwave. You can even melt the chocolate with a big pan of water on heat under the bowl of chocolate and butter. Keep stirring as it melts. Add cocoa to this and stir well. Once it forms a smooth mixture, take if off heat.
Add sugar and milk and whisk till smooth and creamy.

Once the sponge is completely cool, cut it in 12-15 pieces. Cut each piece horizontally to make two slices. Apply loads of creamy chocolate sauce on each slice and make a sandwich. Once done, dip each sandwich in the chocolate sauce and roll it in dessicated coconut. You can even colour the coconut flakes.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve with some chocolate sauce or alone. Enjoy :) Bon Apetit!

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