Hi everybody, It’s wonderful to be back here again, after a really wonderful week, Mum is here.., Just like all the sweets in the world, incomparable and delicious to and still I am unable to believe and still it is not sinking in my mind, I am already worried that she is going to go back in 3 months.., 🙁 . I love to enjoy every moment and relish it with her, After all these years at last she agreed to come, I am so happy because kids have changed their routine, I see that they eat 3 times in a day Yay!, by the time I come back they would had their shower and breakfast and lunch, isn’t it great before I had to call them or sometimes when I came back from work around 2 O’ clock they used to have their breakfast, when I scream they always said that they weren’t hungry!, everything is changed now, as mum has taken the reins.., not that I am cooking not completely spoilt by her, she wants to see how I bake, I did a few bakes as well.
One of them was these Lamingtons, for the Eggless group of Gayatri’s, she had asked us to bake Lamingtons and adapted the recipe from David Labovitz, who doesn’t like his blog, I love his blog too.., as everybody, I have tried many of his recipes and enjoyed immensely.
Lamingtons are Speciality sponge cakes from Australia they are originally dipped in chocolate icing and rolled out in dessicated coconut. I made it Eggless and made it vegan too.., I was a bit scared how my kids would like it, they were saying that it was delicious and tasted like bounty chocolate.
May be not everybody would like whole meal flour in baking, You can substitute plain flour / APF instead of whole meal plain flour, whole meal flour makes any baking a bit chewy but definitely a healthy one…
EGGLESS AND VEGAN WHOLE MEAL LAMINGTONS
Recipe Adapted from David Lebovitz
FOR THE CAKE:
150 gms Whole meal Plain flour**
75 gms Plain Flour
175 gms Sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 th cup silken Tofu
1/2 cup soya milk
1/4 cup oil
2tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
FOR THE CHOCOLATE ICING:
170 gms ( 6 ounces) bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chopped
( I used bittersweet 70% cocoa)
40 grms unsalted butter ( I used 1 tbsp Oil)
3/4th cup (180ml) milk – whole or low fat, ( I used Soya milk )
2 cups (220 gms) powdered sugar
2 tbsp Cocoa powder, natural or dutch process ( sift if lumpy )
2 tbsp boiling water
3 cup ( 200 gms ) unsweetened shredded coconut (Dessicated coconut)
** I have also made with only whole meal plain flour the cake turns out good as well
FOR MAKING THE CAKE
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees/ Gas Mark 3 just 10 minutes before
Sift the flours together with baking soda, baking powder together.
Then blend milk and tofu in a food processor or a mixie In the end add the oil and vanilla essence so they are well combined.
In a large bowl take the dry ingredients then add sugar and pour well blended Tofu mixture.
combine them all well together pour it in a 9” (23cm) and bake it for just 30 to 35 minutes depending upon the temperature of your oven.
Insert a toothpick or a skewer to test if it is well done, if it comes out clean then it is well done.
Take it out of the oven and leave it on a cooling rack for 5 minutes then invert it on to the cooling rack and let it completely cool down.
Then cut the cake into 12 pieces , cut them in halves.
FOR MAKING THE CHOCOLATE ICING
Make a double boiler, on a simmering hot water place a bowl, the bowl should not touch the water, take chopped chocolate pieces, oil and milk until they are completely melted and and smooth.
Take it out add the powdered sugar, you can sift sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl and whisk well until well combined.
Your chocolate Icing is ready to be in use now…
ASSEMBLING THE LAMINGTONS
Spread the dessicated coconut in a large plate
Take each cut piece, apply the chocolate icing using a fork then sandwich them down, you can add hot water a tbsp or two into the icing before dipping them if they have hardened up. But mine didn’t so I did not use any water at all. Dip each piece into the chocolate Icing with the help of your finger, fork or anything you are comfortable with.
Handle them slowly as they are not made with Eggs or plain flour, It might not be too firm, hold these dipped cakes to a side wiping the dripping chocolate icing.
Roll them in the coconut covered completely and allow it to stand for some time to firm up a bit.
Cut the pieces into perfect squares or however you want, as I have used whole meal flour, the cake would be a bit difficult to handle and tend to crumble not totally though.
You can even trim the ends if you are serving for a party or something to get nice perfect lovely pieces
I just didn’t bother but just sliced them.
I was a bit scared to handle the cake by cutting it in one go so I halved the cake first then sliced them in rectangles and then sliced them in half each long rectangle.
My Icing was not firming up quickly may be because of oil so it was fine for me.
I think the chocolate icing got soaked up to the cake well enough.
Check out the bloggers who have made these with me.. Check in Gayatri’s blog for the round – up.