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Entered for safe-keeping for ZWT. From Marie Claire. This is the most popular Australian snack, a sure winner at a bake sale. And is it easy! The more traditional Lamingtons have cocoa, but dare to be different. If using cornmeal, pulverize it in a food processor to get a fine flour texture. Preparation time includes 8-hours sitting time.
- butter, melted (for greasing)
- 1⁄2 cup self-raising flour
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup cornflour (see recipe description) or 1⁄2 cup cornmeal (see recipe description) or 1⁄2 cup rice flour (see recipe description)
- 6 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup caster sugar or 1 cup superfine sugar
- 4 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed (reserve 1/3 cup liquid)
- 6 cups icing sugar or 6 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- pink food coloring, to color (optional)
- Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F). Grease and line a 4cm-deep, 23cm x 28cm lamington pan (1.5" x 9" x 11") with butter and baking paper, allowing the paper to overhang edges of the pan slightly.
- Sift flours together into a large bowl three times.
- Beat eggs and caster sugar in a mixer on a high speed for 5 minutes until mixture is thick and pale, then scrape into a separate bowl.
- Sift flour over egg mixture and gently fold until just combined.
- Spread mixture into a lamington pan and bake for 28-30 minutes until pale golden and sponge springs back when touched in the center.
- Cool in the pan, then cover with a tea towel and set aside overnight.
- NEXT DAY:
- Turn out sponge, trim edges and cut into 24 squares.
- Spread coconut over the base of a baking tray.
- MAKE ICING:.
- Crush raspberries in a bowl with a fork, stir in 2 tablespoons of boiling water, then allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Sieve raspberry mixture into a clean bowl, discarding solids.
- Sift icing sugar into a bowl.
- Combine 1/3 cup of raspberry liquid and 1 cup of boiling water, stir into icing sugar and whisk until smooth.
- Whisk in enough food coloring to reach desired color.
- Dip one sponge at a time into icing, turning quickly to coat and allow excess to drip back into bowl.
- Roll in coconut and place on a wire rack to set.