Julie and Clay are studying the Eastern Hemisphere this year (using Sonlight Core 5), and we just finished Australia. We ended this unit by making lamingtons, a traditional Australian dessert.
Julie- carefully separating the eggs
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cups cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 375. Separate egg yolks and whites into two bowls. To the egg yolks, add 1/4 cup of the sugar and the vanilla. Blend, then set aside. Beat the egg whites with a mixer. Gradually add the remaining sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the whites. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix until smooth. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 12 minutes, or until cake center springs back when tested. Allow cake to cool, then turn it out onto a wire rack. When the cake is completely cooled, use a sharp knife to cut the cake into 12-16 squares.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbs. butter, melted
3 Tbs. cocoa
7 ounce bag coconut
Mix powdered sugar, melted butter, cocoa, and enough boiling water (about 4 Tbs.) to make a runny icing. Using a fork, pick up a square of cake and spoon the icing all over it, to cover. Allow the icing to drip, and then place the cake in a bowl of coconut. Coat the cake with coconut, and then place it on a plate to dry.
Refrigerate the laminations until serving time.
posing for a picture while cooking....see Clay? He is snacking on a strawberry while he is cooking!
Leah helped too--she is dipping the chocolate covered cakes in the coconut.
The finished product! Yummy!
We are headed out for cross country practice right now, but we are looking forward to enjoying this Australian caked for our dessert tonight.