Jo Taylor from Steele’s Bakery prepares a feast of the iconic lamingtons.
Jo Taylor from Steele’s Bakery prepares a feast of the iconic lamingtons.

Lammie have one of those

IF you ask bakery experts like Warwick’s Gail Steele, there is no risk that quintessential Australia delicacy – the lamington – will be extinct anytime soon.

But that hasn’t stopped the highly reputable Australian Lamington Appreciation Society, a group dedicated to preserving our national icon, from launching National Lamington Day.

And in case you missed it – the mighty culinary delight was the food of honour yesterday as Australia officially celebrated National Lamington Day.

Yet for business owners like Mrs Steele, the lamington remains as popular as ever with little risk of being omitted from the staple offering of Australia bakeries.

“Even the smallest bakeries will offer lamingtons as a staple, they are up there with apple turners and meat pies,” she said.

Interestingly, according to Mrs Steele, men were the predominant lamington buyers – a factor she attributes to the rather messy nature of the offering.

“We sell about 25 dozen lamingtons every two days and it’s a trend that has remained stable for us through more than 20 years in business,” she said.

“You can’t be an Australian bakery and not make lamingtons.”

And the key, she explained, to the ultimate lamington was using butter cake as opposed to sponge.

“I can’t see the lamington ever going out of fashion. It’s a smoko favourite,” Mrs Steele said.

“There is nothing that sells quite like the combination of a meat pie, a lamington and a coke.”



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