Lamington – Melt in the Mouth Pastry

LAMINGTON
My Favourite Cake
A Foodie Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE

This morning I had gone for some work to Khadki in Pune.

On my way back via Aundh Road, I stopped my car opposite Spicer College, crossed the road, and I enjoyed eating a Lamington.

Here is a picture of the “Lamington” I relished today:

Lamington

As I savoured the delicious pastry, I remembered my Aundh Camp days, around 10 years ago, when I frequently relished a Lamington on my way home from my evening walks.

So, from my Foodie Writing Archives, here is a piece on the inimitable LAMINGTON which I wrote nearly 10 years ago in the year 2006 after a delicious food-walk.

(This piece features in my Foodie Book APPETITE FOR A STROLL)

LAMINGTON – Melt in the Mouth Delicious Dessert 
By
VIKRAM KARVE


When I lived near Aundh, in the evenings I often used go for a walk on Aundh Road from Bremen Chowk towards the railway line at Khadki.

It is one of the best places to walk in Pune, a wide road with plenty of greenery and foliage on both sides.

Of course, Wakad, where I live now, is a foodies’ nightmare, but then Aundh is far away – but not that far far away.

So maybe once in a while on my way to Pune I can still relish a delicious Lamington and indulge  my epicurean gourmand desires.

So let’s get back to my delicious mouthwatering memories of those glorious food-walks around Aundh.

On my way back to my erstwhile home near the banks of the Mula River, I would treat myself with a Lamington at the Spicer College Bakery Shop.

Let me close my eyes, transport myself to the glorious past, stop at Spicer College Bakery on my evening walk, buy a lamington and delicately place the soft delicacy between my lips, press and squeeze a piece of the wonderful stuff on my tongue, focus inwards, enhance the sensitivity of my gustatory senses in order to enhance the experience of supreme bliss as the Lamington melts in my mouth and the chocolatey-coconutty luscious syrupy sweetness permeates into me.

WHAT IS A “LAMINGTON”

A Lamington is a delicious cube of sponge cake, dipped in melted chocolate and sugar and coated in desiccated coconut.

The Lamington probably originated in Australia around 1898 in what later became the state of Queensland.

Whilst the origin of the name for the Lamington cannot be accurately established, there are several theories.

Lamingtons are most likely named after Charles Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.

However, the precise reasoning behind this is not known, and stories vary.

According to one account, the dessert resembled the homburg hats favoured by Lord Lamington.

Another apocryphal tale tells of a banquet in Cloncurry during which the governor accidentally dropped a block of sponge cake into a dish of gravy, and then threw it over his shoulder, causing it to land in a bowl of desiccated coconut or peanut butter.

A diner who enjoyed eating this dunked piece of cake, thought of replacing the gravy with chocolate and thus created the lamington as we know it today.

Ironically, Lord Lamington was known to have hated the dessert that had been named in his honour, once referring to them as “those bloody poofy woolly biscuits”.

Another theory is that they were named after Lady Lamington, the wife of the Governor.

EATING LAMINGTON IN PUNE

The Spicer College Bakery Lamington is my favourite – and enjoying Lamingtons and and other yummy delights here is quite easy on the pocket.

The chocolate icing keeps the cake moist.

The desiccated coconut protects it from drying out in the hot climate.

And it’s quite a juicy generous lip-smacking treat…!

The Spicer College Bakery in Pune serves a variety of healthy goodies like carrot cake, nut cake, doughnuts, samosas, soy patties, soya milk etc

But, for me, it’s always my all time favourite, the inimitable yummy succulent Lamington…!

Tell me, Dear Fellow Foodies, have you tasted a Lamington, in Pune or elsewhere?

VIKRAM KARVE

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Revised Re-post of my article first posted online by me Vikram Karve in the year 2006 in my foodie blog at url: http://creative.sulekha.com/lamington_230998_blog and a number of times later including at urls: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2010/09/lamington-melt-in-mouth-delicious.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/11/lamington-delicious-melt-in-mouth.html  etc

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