Saturday, January 4, 2014

Lamingtons with a twist // Tasteful pranks

So lets start this New Year talk already! Who's made New Year's resolutions? I made one last year and I didn't do very well, I'm so bummed that I won't even tell you what it was. So wiser than last year, I have decided to make no resolutions but I do have a few goals for this year that I would hope to wish to achieve with the kiddlies. Without any stress.

One of those goals is to make a few tasteful pranks. What are tasteful pranks you say? Well here's the first idea and an example of one; lamingtons with a surprise. Let me tell you what I mean; we always make things for the police station as we really appreciate all the hard work they do. But this time we decided to play a little fun prank on them and instead of making normal lamingtons, we made them into rainbow lamingtons. The joke was that they didn't have a clue until they had a bite. Emma thought this was such an exciting prank to pull on the coppers and I thought that there's no harm in doing something funny.

I used my thermomix (obviously) to make these lamingtons (recipe in the Everyday Cook Book), but I found a recipe that I used to use from my old blog so I copied that for all of you who don't have a thermomix. The most important step is that once you've made the mixture, divide it into smaller bowls and mix in the colours. We used 4 different colours, but 3 would work great as well.


1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup corn flour
6 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 tbs boiling water
3 to 4 different food colours of your choice

Chocolate icing

2 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup boiling water

and desiccated coconut to roll the pieces

1. Reheat oven to 160°C. Use a 20 x 30cm pan and line the base and sides with baking paper, allowing it to overhang slightly.

2. Combine the flours and sift them into a large bowl. Repeat twice.

3. Use an electric beater to whisk the eggs in a large clean, dry bowl until thick and pale. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tbs at a time, whisking well after each addition until mixture is thick and sugar dissolves.

4. Sift the combined flours over the egg mixture. Pour the boiling water down the side of the bowl. Use a large metal spoon to gently fold until combined.

 5. Divide the mixture into small containers and mix in all the colours. Pour mixtures into the prepared pan one colour at a time.

6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn cake onto a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel and set aside to cool.

7. Cut the cake into 15 squares.

While the cake is in the oven it's time for the best part, licking the bowls.
8. To make the chocolate icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a medium bowl. Add the milk and water and stir until smooth.

9. Dip 1 cake square into the warm icing and roll onto all sides to evenly coat. Allow any excess icing to drip off. Then roll the cake in the coconut to evenly coat and place on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining cake squares, icing and coconut. Set aside for 1 hour or until icing sets.

And those in Finland who want to try this, 1 cup is about 2,4 dl, and instead of self-raising flour you have to use normal flour and then add about 3 tsp of baking powder.

Have fun baking and even more fun pranking!

So let us bring more smiles in the world this year and make some tasteful pranks. It doesn't mean that the pranks need to be edible, but pranks where no one is humiliated and no one gets hurt, pranks that bring a smile to our faces and makes us more happy.

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