Lamingtons & Lemon Tart:
Best-Ever Cakes, Desserts &
Treats from a Modern Sweets Maestro
By Darren Purchese
(Hardie Grant Books, 2017)
A lamington is an Australian sponge cake that’s draped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. Australian pastry chef Darren Purchese, who makes a particularly good lamington, is known throughout his native Australia for his elaborate, technically challenging sweets and what he describes as “a scientific approach to food and ingredients.” Purchese describes his new cookbook, Lamingtons & Lemon Tart, as one that “everyone can use,” with no super fancy ingredients and minimal special equipment necessary.
In a book filled with instructional color photographs and detailed text, Purchese takes classic desserts and puts his unique spin on them. His fruit-rich recipes work well for bakers in regions like ours, where abundantly available local ingredients can go into delicious combinations like hazelnut and chocolate; raspberry and rose; or almond, nectarine, and fig. Recipes are divided across eight chapters focusing on cakes, choux pastry, desserts, snacks, tarts, breakfast, confectionery, and frozen desserts.
More than 250 pages of original recipes include tempting classic combinations like Jamaican Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream (Purchese loves everything caramelized); Banana, Chocolate, and Mango Bread served with chocolate ice cream; and Peanut Butter and Jam Chocolate Ice Cream Profiteroles.… Read More