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The Great Australian Lamington

The Great Australian Lamington
Lord Lamington Governor of Queensland - creator of the world-famous Australian Lamington.

The Humble Australian Lamington - Created in Queensland in 1901


Australian Lamington
THE WORLD-FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN CULINARY ICON NAMED AFTER THE GOVERNOR OF QUEENSLAND - LORD LAMINGTON.

The world-famous Australian lamington is over a century old.

Despite some dubious claims from New Zealand, the lamington is as Australian as meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars, ranking alongside the other true Australian icons of the pavlova, peach melba and Vegemite.

This Australian culinary icon, which consists of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine desiccated coconut, was created through an accident at work by a maid-servant to Lord Lamington, the thoroughly-British eighth Governor of Queensland.

The maid-servant was working at Government House in Brisbane when she accidentally dropped the Governor's favourite sponge cake into some melted chocolate.

Lord Lamington was not a person of wasteful habits and suggested that it be dipped in coconut to cover the chocolate to avoid messy fingers.

Paul Tully celebrates
the 100th anniversary
of the world renowned
Australian lamington
on 19 December 2001
Lord Lamington devoured this new taste sensation with great delight and the maid-servant's error was proclaimed a magnificent success by all! The Governor however is on the record as calling them "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

Lord Lamington was born in London, England on 29 July 1860 as Charles Wallace Alexander Napier COCHRANE-BAILLIE holding the aristocratic title of Baron Lamington.

He was Governor of Queensland from 9 April 1896 to 19 December 1901.

After leaving Queensland, he went on to become the Governor of Bombay in India for 4 years. He died at Lamington House, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1940.

According to Hansard page 728 at the Australian Constitutional Convention in Canberra on 11 February 1998, Cr Paul Tully, an elected delegate representing "Queenslanders for a Republic" suggested that his extensive research of the Governors of the 6 Australian colonies and states had produced evidence of only "one, single, solitary, positive achievement of any Governor since the First Fleet arrived in 1788" and that was Lord Lamington's contribution to the culinary delights of the Australian nation!

Lord Lamington served Queensland for 5 years but despite all of his colonial, aristocratic pomp and ceremony, the only thing which Charles Wallace Alexander Napier COCHRANE-BAILLIE will ever be remembered for in Australia is the creation of the world-famous lamington.

PAUL TULLY'S TRUE-BLUE DELICIOUS AUSSIE LAMINGTON RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup self-raising flour 1/2 cup milk.

Beat the eggs well, gradually adding the sugar until dissolved. Add the milk and vanilla essence and then stir in the self raising flour and whip the butter into the mixture. Pour the mixture into a cake tin or lamington baking dish and bake in a moderate oven of 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes and then stand for 24 hours preferably in the refrigerator, before applying the icing.

THE CHOCOLATE ICING
4 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons boiling water
3 cups desiccated coconut.

Stir the cocoa and icing sugar vigorously in a large bowl, adding the milk, butter and boiling water, warming the chocolate mixture over a very low heat until it has a smooth creamy texture. Cut the sponge cake into equal squares about 5cm x 5cm and, using a fork or thin skewer, dip each piece into the chocolate mixture ensuring that the mixture is liberally and evenly applied. Dip each piece into the desiccated coconut, allowing the lamingtons to cool on a wire tray for several hours.

THEN SIT BACK, RELAX AND SAVOUR THE DELIGHTS OF YESTERYEAR COURTESY OF LORD LAMINGTON'S ABSENT-MINDED MAID-SERVANT!

THANK GOD, THE LAMINGTON WAS NOT CHRISTENED THE "COCHRANE-BAILLIE". IMAGINE ASKING FOR A "COCHRANE-BAILLIE" IN A CAKE SHOP!


Do you have an interesting historical anecdote about the Australian lamington?
Please email the Australian Lamington Official Website.


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Baby 'Lamington' the first on Australia Day

Big Australia Day: Tullimbar Village
couple Jonathan and Hazel Munoz
welcome their third baby on
 Australia Day. 
Baby is nicknamed "Lamington".

The first baby born in the Illawarra on Australia Day was not named immediately, but in true Aussie style she quickly gained a nickname - Lamington, or Lami for short.

Born with a shock of dark brown hair covered with white specks of vernix - the substance that protects babies' skin in utero - Hazel and Jonathan Munoz thought it a fitting moniker for their new baby girl.

"Her hair reminded us of a lamington and so we've given her Lami as a nickname until we pick her proper name," Mrs Munoz said.

"She is our third child and my husband and I have a bit of a tradition of combining our names for our children's names.

"We'd come up with a few options but decided to wait and see whether the baby was a boy or girl and make our final decision."

The newborn, who arrived at 4.15am at Wollongong Hospital, couldn't wait to meet her parents and her three-year-old brother Jonzel and two-year-old sister Jolea. Due on February 1, she had other ideas.

Mr Munoz, a driver for Illawarra Radio Doctor, had just finished his shift only to have to get back in the car and drive his wife to hospital.

True Blue Aussie Lamington Cake
"I started to have contractions and my husband and I ended up getting to hospital around 3am; my waters broke at 4.03am and she was born just over 10 minutes later," Mrs Munoz said. "I was going to have to be induced early so I'm glad she came naturally."

The early arrival also afforded the couple some special treatment, with some sparkling wine from hospital management as well as a visit from Wollongong Australia Day committee member Robyn Hampton bearing gifts.

"I've got the best job on the committee - welcoming new arrivals every year," Ms Hampton said. "It's something special we like to do to signify the first new little person born in our city on this special day."

The Munozes received gift vouchers from My Baby Warehouse, Horizon Credit Union, The Palace Hair and Body, Fairy Meadow and a night's accommodation at the Novotel Northbeach.

Mum and dad also received Aussie flags, flowers and another bottle of sparkling wine to share, while their little girl received a commemorative silver spoon and teacup.

● Mr Munoz called the Mercury to share her final name - Joelle - a nice mix of Jonathan and Hazel.

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