Something seems to control my obsession for mangoes, just like a puppeteer pulling the strings of the marionette. Mangoes make me go weak in the knees. Mangoes make me whimsical: these spark the culinary creativity in me! This summer, I am all about experimenting with and generating interesting dishes with mangoes of different varieties. Well, I can’t help it if it sounds a bit idiosyncratic, but it’s true that I don’t spend a single day of summer without tasting the king of fruits. I have a special inclination towards the Alphonso mangoes though, as these are sweet and less fibrous than most of the other mango varieties.
Holding a slice of juicy Alphonso mango close to me, my food dreams know no bounds. Just like the magical world of chocolate factory in a popular story, my imagination is wrapped around my own fairytale of mangoes. While eating mangoes, I don’t worry about those calories. Everything can wait, but the mangoes won’t. As soon as the monsoons or the rainy season strikes Mumbai, the impeccable flavour will be gone from those plump fruits. So, I am here again with my bagful of mango recipes. Atleast summers become bearable and interesting with these seasonal fruits floating around. Tell me if you are as crazy about mangoes as I am!
These gorgeous Mango Lamingtons are just the stuff that my gluttonous dreams are made up of. The goodness of Alphonso mango pulp in each bite of this Australian-style cake, just raises the level of this dessert further up. I mean, the killer combination of sweet mangoes, chocolate and coconut… all in a spongy cube of cake… oops, now I am thinking of high tea! Tell me, don’t you think these Mango Lamingtons are perfect to go with your cup of tea or even for breakfast?
A Lamington is an Australian cake, essentially a sponge cake, that has been cut into cubes, doused in a light chocolate sauce and finally coated with desiccated coconut. I made a mango sponge cake for this recipe. It is interesting to see how a simple sponge cake turns into a masterpiece: thanks to the desiccated coconut and the chocolate sauce! The texture of this sponge cake is a bit dense, so that the shape of the cubes remains intact even after dipping them in chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce has to be light and not very dense, too. The idea is to just coat the cubes in a thin layer of chocolate, so that this layer can hold the desiccated coconut well. This Mango Lamington recipe is a keeper!
- 150 g Salty butter (softened)
- 150 g Caster sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- 3 Large eggs
- 250 g Refined flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1/4 cup Alphonso mango pulp (should be sweet)
Ingredients for coating the Lamington:
- 1/2 cup Chocolate syrup (Hersheys)
- 1/4 cup Milk
- Around 150 g Desiccated coconut
- Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a square tin or a 30cm x 20 cm Lamington tin. Line it with baking paper.
- Beat the butter with sugar and vanilla essence. Mix-in the beaten eggs, one at a time. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Sift the flour and the baking powder together, so that there are no lumps and the two ingredients mix well with each other.
- Fold-in the dry ingredients and the mango-milk mixture alternately into the wet ingredients, until all are combined well. Do not overwork this mixture, though. Add little more milk if the mixture looks too thick.
- Pour into the cake tin or Lamington tin and bake at 180C for 35 min.
- Cool in a wire rack. Cut into equal-sized cubes or cuboids from inside, leaving the edges behind.
- Make the chocolate icing by mixing chocolate syrup and milk in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, spread some of the desiccated coconut in another flat-based bowl. It is advisable not to spread the entire portion of the coconut, as it might get messy with chocolate drippings: so, use little at a time.
- Dip each Lamington cube/cuboid into the chocolate syrup for a few seconds, so that it is evenly coated with the syrup. Don’t leave the Lamington in the syrup for more than a few seconds, as the cake might get soggy.
- Roll the chocolate-dipped Lamington with the desiccated coconut from the other bowl. Gorgeous Mango Lamingtons are ready!
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