Sunday, 8 April 2012

Madeleines

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I had been wanting to try my hand at baking the traditional French cake Madeleine for quite a while. When I was last in London store Muji, I bought the silicone mould ready for my first attempt. I used the recipe that came with the mould, as this one is only to make six Madeleines (most of the tins make twelve), so I thought it important to get the proportions right. You actually don't need many ingredients for these at all and they are so so easy to make. I did just make the plain Madeleines this time, as I hadn't planned on making them, so just used the ingredients I already had at home. But I definitely have plans to make them again using either matcha green tea powder, cocoa or ginger powder & orange peel from the Muji recipe card or Earl Grey or browned butter & honey as suggested to me by Katie.

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Ingredients:
40g plain flour
1/3 tsp baking powder
40g unsalted butter
1 egg
50g white sugar

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Melt the butter in a bowl placed over a pan of hot water. When melted, remove the bowl and allow to cool slightly (I just melted the butter in a pan on the stove). Sieve all the flour and baking powder into another bowl, add the white sugar, and mix. Add the egg and thoroughly mix with a whisk. Melt the butter, pour in and mix. Attach a round piping tip to a pastry bag, fill it with the mix and squeeze into the mould until nearly full (I use the disposable piping bags as you can see). Bake for 20 minutes at 180˚ in a preheated oven. When the Madeleines are baked, carefully remove them from the mould (although it didn't suggest this, I had lightly greased each shell with some butter) while still hot and cool on a wire rack. I also lightly dusted the Madeleines with icing sugar as they were plain. And I'm not ashamed to say, I ate all six in one sitting with a pot of rose tea, very very delightful.

23 comments:

  1. Well you have a good reason to eat 6 :)

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  2. Madre mía, pero qué pinta tienen. Pero me resisto. Estoy a régimen. Un besote. (de todas formas, me la apunto)

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  3. oh I love how you have used such beautiful photography to illustrate your recipe- very pretty

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  4. oh these look so good! your tea-set is really beautiful too, where is it from? xx

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  5. Oh YUM! Thanks for the recipe. Now I need to go and look for madeleine moulds!

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  6. Gorgeous photography and a fantastic recipe! Winning combo! x

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  7. Thanks everyone!

    Clare Marie - I bought the teapot online (can't remember where, a Japanese style site I think) and the tea cup, saucer & plate were found at a flea-market

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  8. Those turned out perfectly Paula! Looks so delicious.

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  9. Beautiful, you make them look so enticing Paula
    Love k xox

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  10. They look really pretty! I took a cooking class in Paris once where they taught me how to make Madeleines, and it was a bit more complicated (changing temps, wire racks, boiling butter and honey) haha. Since then I've followed many different recipes and they almost always come out delicious! My favorite method is to put orange zest in every batch and add a crunchy sugar top layer. Mmm, I'd like a pot of tea now! :)

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  11. yum these look amazing paula!! :) xx

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  12. They look perfect! I would definitely eat all 6 of them too. Happy Easter!

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  13. I have always wanted to make and taste these! Yours turned out perfectly!

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  14. Good job my dear they look GREAT!!! :)

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  15. Lovely looking madeleines Paula. I adore your tea pot :)

    Here's the link to those recipes as promised :

    http://iheartkatiecakes.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/madeleines-sweet-sweet-madeleines.html - Browned Butter

    http://iheartkatiecakes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/earl-grey-madeleines.html - Earl Grey

    The browned butter variation is my favorite. It's such a gorgeous taste!

    Katie xoxo

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  16. These look lovely!

    Maria xxx

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  17. Just found your blog through your flickr page and I really liked it. I'm now following you.

    xxxx

    Lily
    http://themagicworldoflily.blogspot.pt/

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  18. oh yum! and a great sized recipe too, it means you can make them for yourself for a couple of days and it's not a whole batch of 25+ biscuits or an entire cake, which i would be too tempted to eat!

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  19. oh I love how you have used such beautiful photography to illustrate your recipe- very pretty

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  20. These look delicious! Must try these one day :) Do you mind if I use this recipe in my blog(I'll mention your blog in the post). Will use my own pictures. Just that incase I'll like them and feel like sharing them I rather mention the source of recipe :)

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  21. Karina - yes of course :) they were delicious!

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  22. Thanks a lot! We'll the butter and sugar amount is huge for my likings so I'll be tweaking it ;)

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