When I first heard of Lamingtons, delicious sponge bites, dipped in chocolate and rolled in dessicated coconut and icons of Australian cuisine, I thought two things - a small English village or cousins to the kangaroos. Thankfully neither of my dead-end choices were right. This recipe was born out of the impatience of kids, a new chocolate fondue set and cake, which didn't even make it to being trimmed of its crusts. It is definitely a great 'something-for-everyone-dessert.
The fruit should vary according to the season....so a few summers ago we enjoyed strawberries and cherries. —Kitchen Butterfly
enough to go around
Lamington a la Fondue
Sponge cake, about an inch+ in height, crusts shaved off and cut into 1X1 inch squares
1 - 2 portions of chocolate sauce in a fondue pan
1 - 2 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into rings
1 - 2 cups of fresh pineapple chunks
Other pieces of fruit, your preference
1 - 2 cups of dessicated coconut
1 cup of crushed nuts - pistachios, hazelnuts etc
Optional - liquid food colouring
150g mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons icing sugar, or adjust to taste
200g milk/plain/mixed chocolate chips
1 - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of salted butter
Enough milk to thin mixture
Optional: 1 - 2 teaspoons of microplaned orange zest
Optional: pinch of cinnamon/cardamom powder, to taste
If you want to create some fun, add a couple of drops of food colouring to some of the dessicated coconut to colour it and mix with your hands. Leave it out overnight on a flat plate to 'dry' - you can put it in the oven (not turned on)
To serve the fondue, put the sponge cake pieces in a bowl, and the other fruit in separate bowls. Set the coconut in bowls as well and then put the warm chocolate into top half of the fondue and light a candle/or turn on the heat source to keep the fondue warm
Dip a piece of cake or fruit or marshmallow into the chocolate and then into the coconut or nuts, then into your mouth....to eat
In a pan, warm the mascarpone cheese on low - medium heat, whisking to loosen. Add the icing sugar and the chocolate chips and whisk till melted and the colour transforms from matte to gloss.
Once melted, add the vanilla extract and butter then start adding the milk, whisking till you get a slightly thickened pouring consistency. Add the cinnamon/cardamom powder if you like. Keep warm in the fondue pot
For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen!
Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.
Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!