Lamingtons - loved by party goers hated by Lord Lamington

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Lamingtons - loved by party goers hated by Lord Lamington

A Lamington is a sponge cake in the shape of a cuboid, coated in a layer of traditionally chocolate icing then desiccated coconut. Lamingtons are sometimes served as two halves with a layer of cream and/or strawberry jam between, and are commonly found in Australasian outlets such as cafes, lunch bars, bakeries, and supermarkets.

The Lamington is named after Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901. According to legend, Lamingtons were first served in Toowoomba when Lord Lamington took his entourage to Harlaxton House to escape the steamy heat of Brisbane. The Lamingtons' chef at Queensland's Government House, Armand Gallad, was called upon at short notice to provide something to feed unexpected guests.

According to the Melbourne Age newspaper, Gallad cut up some left over French vanilla sponge cake baked the day before, dipped the slices in chocolate and set them in coconut (an ingredient not widely used in European cooking at that time). Lady Lamington's guests then asked for the recipe.

Ironically, Lord Lamington was believed to have hated the cake that had been named in his honour, referring to them as "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

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By netchicken: posted on 22-7-2010








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