Today is Australia Day. What does this mean to you? To me, it means not having to go work. Woo! To others it means they have a great excuse to get drunk and have a barbecue. We are definitely a nation of patriotic people, who embrace any day off that is given to us. I’m sure that if a day was named Brussels Sprout Day, all the kids in the country would suddenly have love for the little vegetable on that day.
I thought about making Lamingtons, but I thought that might be a little too traditional and somewhat boring. After doing some research, I found a strange recipe which uses the concept of Lamingtons, but turns them into something a little bit different. Different is something I like to do, so here goes….
Micro Lamington Whoopie Pies
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
3 tbsp butter
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
200g dark chocolate
1 cup shredded coconut
1. Preheat oven to 180c and prepare your baking trays with baking paper.
2. Place butter, brown sugar and vanilla into a bowl and use a mixer to turn it light and fluffy, then add in the egg.
4. I popped the mixture into a piping bag and made little mounds. Ensure that you leave a generous space between them, as they do like to stretch their legs.5. Pop them into the oven, keep an eye on them as times will differ depending on the size. They will be spongey to the touch, that’s how you’ll know they’re ready.
6. While they cool on a wire rack, you can make the filling.
7. In a bowl, place all the ingredients, except the milk and beat them together using an electric mixer. Once combined, use as much or as little milk as needed to make the filling smooth and creamy. Be sure not to add too much milk, as it’ll be too runny.
8. Melt the chocolate, I used the bowl over the pot of hot water method on the stove. Dip the tops of your baked goodies, then dip into the shredded coconut. If you were silly like me, and made a million micro ones, this will take you approximately 48 years to do.
So tell me, what food did you hate as a child? Do you still hate it, or have you moved on to find love with this said thing?