Lately blogging and even cooking have become an weekend affair for me.After my last post, I don’t think I have visited this space more than twiceL That too not more than few minutes..
I am caught up in the midst of a whirlpool at work and I can say that I am virtually living in my office and coming home just for sleeping. Needless to say my kitchen and oven have been idle for weeks..The craziest part is I am even dreaming of work, slides, and even colleagues..to be specific bossesL. Every morning when I wake up, I feel like I just came out of a long exhausting meeting.
To keep myself sane, I am making some time for some fun activities as well. DH and I have started going to mandarin classes..which turned out to be 2 hrs of sit-up comedy. 4 classes down and I can’t even remember 4 phrases. And even those 4 , when I tried on my colleagues, I got weird looks, stares and one even said never ever say that loud again. So I am absolutely sure I haven’t even nailed down a single phrase yet.The most difficult part for me is the tones..Oo man , no wonder why Chinese people are way smarter. If they can master such a difficult language they ought to be smart !
And yes, we started Salsa classes too, thatz was weird at start ..but turning out just like the mandarin classes...Two classes down and our dance doesn’t look even look a teeny tiny bit close to Real salsa dance.
Before you get bored of activity calendar, let me bring you back to today’s recipe. Lamingtons!
Recipe adapted From Joy of baking
1 Cup Flour
1 tspn Baking powder
Pinch of salt
¼ Cup butter
1/3 Cup sugar
2 tbspn Orange Juice
1 tnspn Orange Zest
¼ Cup Milk
For Chocolate Coating:
2 Cup icing Sugar
3 tbspn Cocoa powder
2 tbspn Butter
¼ Cup Milk
1 Cup desiccated coconut for coating
Sift together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg , orange juice and zest and continue to beat well.
Slowly add the flour and milk alternately and mix well until the batter the smooth
Pour the batter into a pan and bake in a 180 degrees pre-heated oven for 25 minutes
Let it cool on a wire rack , wrap it in a cling wrap and keep it in refrigerator for few hours. This makes it easier to slice it without crumbling.
Slice the cake into 1 inch cubes.
To prepare the icing, mix all ingredients in a bowl, place it over a pan of simmering water and stir until smooth .
Now roll up the sleeves and dip the cake in the icing , roll it in coconut and place it in wire rack. Repeat the same for rest of the cake slices.
I ran out of icing..so made some..not so lamingtons..!