No; what’s shown above is not a tiny globular Lamington. It’s cakey, yes. It’s buttery, yes. There’s cream involved, yes. But that’s not coconut – it’s grated cheese.
These are tea ensaimadas from The Aristocrat Bakeshop. These are essentially miniaturized versions of the classic Malolos ensaimada: buttery rolls made with brioche dough, slathered in more butter, and sprinkled with lashings of cheese and granulated sugar.
In this particular case, butter-enriched and eggy brioche dough is rolled into balls and baked till golden. The resulting globules are then dunked into rich cream and later dipped into a fluffy pile of grated mild cheddar.
These are elegant little bites, just the right size to fit onto the tiers of an epergne for high tea. They are absolutely moreish: the soft buttery pillows tasting of rich cream and cheese just melt in your mouth but are – alas! – gone in a couple of bites.
P 235.00 gets you a box of twenty and these make lovely gifts. (My youngest aunts and my cousins were mad for these when they were here in July.) But why share if you don’t have to?