Une petite bouchée d’amour

Today, I noticed my Madeleine tray has been sorely neglected of late. She was looking all lonely and blue at being left out for so long. I have been passing her by each week, whilst I ponder on what to bake, ignoring her calls.

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Being one of those eternal people pleasers (Ha! I wish. A girl can pretend though…), naturally I felt awful. So, out came the Madeleine tray for a little baking love.

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Having decided on my flavouring (what was left in the cupboards), I gathered my ingredients and set to work.

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This Madeleine recipe only takes ten minutes in the oven. I had forgotten how easy they were to make. Bite-sized mouthfuls of light, yet pleasingly indulgent sponge ready in an instant. Bliss.

These were made with a very similar recipe to Eric Lanyards, who uses Rose Water or Orange for his filling. Mine have ended up as a slightly sweeter version…but you can find the original in his book. It is a fantasticly simple recipe to experiment with too. Just sub out the lemon rind and pistachios for your own flavour to use with the base recipe and voila.

I served a few of mine with an icing sugar dusting, and a few without. The mixture will make about 20 odd so there will be plenty left over to ‘taste test’.

Now to think of some more experiemental flavourings…


100g Unsalted Butter
100g Plain Flour
2 tbsp Honey
50g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 large Eggs
Grated rind of 1 Lemon
Handful of pistachios

Melt together the butter and honey on the hob, Iand leave to cool. Sieve together the flour, sugar and baking powder. Then mix in the butter and honey to create a smooth (slightly gloopy) texture, adding one egg at a time until completely combined. Shell and chop the pistachios, and popped them, along with the lemon rind, into the mix. I actually added in an extra squeeze of lemon juice here too. Not too much, but just enough to get a little extra zing.

Buttered and floured a Madeleine tray and pour roughly a teaspoon of the mixture into the holes, filing it (approximately) a little less than half way. Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.


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