True lamington worshipper channels his love

The iconic Aussie staple, the lamington, is consumed at a rate of more than eight million a week across the country.
The iconic Aussie staple, the lamington, is consumed at a rate of more than eight million a week across the country.

BELOVED staple of CWAs across the nation and consumed at a rate of more than eight million a week, the lamington's iconic Aussie status is beyond doubt.

Now one true lamington worshipper has channelled his love of the humble chocolate-coconut sponge into an academic adventure through reams of documents a century-old.

Maurice French, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Southern Queensland, has written a book called The Lamington Enigma.

Professor French spent two years attempting to resolve a long-running stoush over the exact origins of the scoffable treat.

Lord Lamington was the eighth Governor of Queensland, who served from 1896 to 1901, but it wasn't the Lord himself who came up with the idea of course, but one of his tireless kitchen staff.

Lamington's French-born head chef Armand Galland is most frequently cited as its creator, but there are others in the mix as well.

Whoever it was it seems they were under pressure by the boss to feed some unexpected guests but were all out of the usual treats.

Aristocrats, it seems, were pioneers of the sweet tooth.

When some leftover sponge cake was hastily dipped in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with coconut, it was a hit with the gents and ladies.

A new chapter in Aussie culinary history had begun - despite it probably being penned by Frenchman.

But the bigger debate over the Lamington's colourful history is the exact location of the invention.

Like any good aristocrat, the good Governor had several homes.

In his book Professor French attempts to weigh up two main competing claims between Brisbane and Toowoomba, as well as other left-field origin stories emanating from Ipswich and, weirdly, from New Zealand.

While there is still debate in historical circles, Toowoomba has long been committed to its story, with plans to build a Big Lamington.

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