Gluten and Dairy Free Lamingtons, with reduced unrefined sugar
I wasn’t happy with a previous Lamington version I made, so I went back to basics and used my cup cake sponge recipe and just coated in 85% dark chocolate. Easy!
Mill on speed 9 / 1 minute:
- 140g brown or white rice, or a combo (buckwheat would work for a grain-free alternative. I haven’t tried almonds)
Add and mix speed 6 / 5 seconds:
- 20g tapioca flour (or arrowroot)
- 40g potato (farina) starch (or cornflour or just use 60g tapioca for grain-free)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarb of soda
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- good pinch of vanilla powder (or use extract with the wet ingredients)
Set aside for the moment in a separate bowl.
Add to the TM bowl and mill speed 9 / 3 seconds first:
- 70g unrefined cane sugar / rapadura / coconut sugar (adjust according to sweetness required – I’m tempted to reduce further)
Remove lid from TM bowl, scrape down the sides and inside of the lid, then insert butterfly and add:
- 2 Eggs
- 70g olive oil
- (1 tsp vanilla extract if not used powder in previous step)
Set for 2 minutes / speed 3-4 / MC off
Scrape down the sides of bowl, then re-set for 1.5 minutes / speed 4 / MC off and add in:
- 100g Milk (Or Dairy-Free Milk like rice-almond milk or coconut milk)
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- flour mixture set aside earlier
Ensure all the mixture is nicely combined. Scrape sides and mix for a little longer, if necessary. Gently lift off the butterly and tap on the inside of the bowl to shake off excess batter.
Pour into a lined baking tray (approx. 20 x 25 cm) and bake for 20-25 minutes / 190 degs or 180 degs f/forced, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes up almost clean.
Leave to cool on a wire rack, then cut into about 30 or so squares.
My quick and simple coating:
Melt about 200g dark chocolate with a good couple of heaped tablespoons of coconut oil. I prefer to do this in a glass bowl over a simmering pot of water, rather than using the Thermomix for this. That way, you can keep the chocolate tempering while you dip in each sponge square.
Have your tub of desiccated coconut handy, with a little sprinkled on a plate to set your coated sponge down on. I find it easier to have one chocolatey hand, with the other for dipping into the coconut to sprinkle over all sides of the chocolate sponge. That way, the coconut doesn’t get all congealed and ‘chocolatified’.
Set onto a large tray lined with baking paper to allow the chocolate to harden.