I don’t know who I should thank for introducing my family to this Australian birthday recipe, whether it’s my mom’s friend Janet and my school buddy Georgina. Whoever you are, lammingtons have a sweet decadent taste of childhood under coconut trees. Lammingtons were one of two staples I kept finding at birthday parties in New Caledonia, the island where I grew up. The other big birthday treat was Australian chocolate rice crispy treats, a guilty pleasure I’ll probably get to some day.
1 pound cake, a day old.
1 lb dark chocolate chips
2 or 3 cups dried unsweetened coconut flakes
1 jar berry jam -olallieberry, strawberry or raspberry jam