Posted: 22 Jan 2016

5 of the best ways to eat lamingtons on Australia Day

Lamingtons - Photo: jamieanne/FlickrSome say Australia Day is all about barbecues and the lamb chop. Others go for pavlova.

But for pure Australia Day fun, there’s no competition. The best thing about our national holiday is spending the entire unofficial long weekend eating your body weight in lamingtons.

It’s your patriotic duty to have coconut shards on your shirt. Maybe even a squirt of jam. Wouldn’t be Australian otherwise. And if you’re not into cake, head to your Oz Day barbie with a Melbourne-brewed Lamington Ale.

Five of the Best has done the hard yards (somebody’s gotta do it) to find Melbourne’s top five ways to honour the lamington on Australia Day.

Darren Purchese's Lamington ice creams1. Burch & Purchese

647 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7060

Sure… these aren’t your traditional choc-dipped coconutty sponge, but these little lammie ice creams by Melbourne’s own Willy Wonka Darren Purchese are just too good to refuse.

2. Candied Bakery

81A Hudsons Rd, Spotswood, 9391 1335

Candied’s lamington is a rectangle of wonder, with tangy raspberry jam and a dreamy Valhrona choc ganache holding all that coconut in place. Spotswood locals are lucky to have this super cool bakery.

Dinner by Heston Lamington3. Dinner by Heston

Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, 9292 5777

Quiet Deeds Lamington Ale4. Quiet Deeds

Found in bottle shops across Melbourne

If you think lamington ice cream pushes the tradition envelope, cop a load of this ode to the national cake – Lamington Ale. Port Melbourne brewers Patrick Ale and David Milstein have released a batch of this special beer for Australia Day, with hints of malty chocolate, caramel and toasted coconut. Time for cleansing ale…

5. Zumbo Patisserie

14 Claremont St, South Yarra, 1800 858 611

Sweets guru Adriano Zumbo was always going to pimp the humble lamington to new heights on January 26. Check out the choices in the video below – Jam & Cream, Apple Pie, Salted Caramel, Double Choc, Tropical, Strawberry, Lemon/Lime, Coffee and Honey/Macadamia. Zumbo’s lamington macaron is also a flavour bomb.



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