When my family and friends from overseas ask me to buy something ‘Aussie’ back for them, I nearly always without fail buy them Tim Tams. They’re probably as obsessed about them as us Aussies :D Something else I buy back or make them are lamingtons. I know it’s often argued that the lamington originates from Britain or New Zealand, but to me they’re 100% Aussie and yes I’m biased :P
I was recently asked by Wesley Mission Australia, to create a recipe for their ‘Food For Families’ cookbook released later this year. It’s aimed for low-income families so recipes had to be affordable, easy to follow and even better if it uses one of the ingredients from the most common food donation list. I was really surprised by some of the food they receive such as instant mash potato and Tim Tams :) Didn’t know it was so common for people to donate them ~
Mr Bao and I discussed what we should make, and very quickly decided we’ll make something sweet with Tim Tams. We got quite serious with recipe testing and drew up different versions of the tart and eventually we came up with this ‘Tim Tam Lamington Tart’! It only uses 5 ingredients, takes 30 minutes to make and is a combination of Tim Tams and a lamington!
If you like these two Aussie favourite – Tim Tams and Lamingtons, I’m sure you’ll like this tart :) Please try and let us know what you think!
Recipe – Tim Tam Lamington Tart
Yield – 2 mini tarts
Tim Tams 10 pieces (180grams)
Butter (melted) 60grams
Thickened Cream 300grams
Shredded Coconut 2-3 tablespoons
Strawberry jam 2-3 teaspoons
Crushed Tim Tams 1-2 pieces
– Make sure the tart is chilled well before assembling
– You can put more or less shredded coconut and jam according to how sweet you like it :)
1) Place Tim Tams in a Ziploc bag and crush it using a rolling pin or place it in a food processor until it becomes a powder.
2) Melt the butter in the microwave, and mix into the crushed Tim Tams until it resembles wet sand.
3) Tip mixture into tart cases and press firmly using the back of a spoon, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or freezer for 15minutes.
4) While the tart is chilling, you can move onto making the filling, simply place the whipped cream in a clean bowl and whip until hard peaks.
5) To assemble gently remove the tart case from the tin, and spread a generous amount of whipped cream, shredded coconut, strawberry jam and finished off with some crushed Tim Tams.