So, if you are looking for a little home decor/ lifestyle magazine fix, click away! The Nesting Newbie link takes you to their website, and the magazine is on the right hand side f the screen. The Lonny link takes you straight to the magazine.
Now, onto baking!!
Now, I can take hint. My in laws want madeleines. And who am I to argue with that?
My first attempt with this recipe yielded mediocre results. Okay, I over baked them by about a minute, but that wasn't really the problem- they lacked flavour. Truly a disappointment, because I loved the actual performance of the recipe- The kitchen was lush with the fragrance of melted butter infused with lavender earl grey tea, and muddling the freshly grated lemon zest with the sugar until it smelled like absolute heaven. So why the heck couldn't' you taste the lemon or the earl grey once it was baked? It was as though no earl grey, lavender, or lemon were ever in the same room as these things. Mysteries of the universe, I tell you.
Then I tried this recipe, and I got tasty results, but ugly madeleines- they weren't baked enough, the crumb was really big and muffin-like, and they just needed a bit more finesse. So, I adjusted the recipe until it was just right.
(my glaze was too runny, and I didn't have any more icing sugar at the cottage to thicken it up. Learn from my mistake!)
(makes 15-18 madeleines)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons strained orange juice
1. Lightly grease and flour your madeleine pan(s). Set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove, adding in the honey, vanilla, and orange zest. Once butter is melted, remove from heat and let cool (about 15 mins).
3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt. Set aside.
4. In your mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs on medium high with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
5. Fold in dry ingredients into the sugar and egg mixture. Then pour the melted butter mixture in, and stir until well combined. Spoon batter into the madeleine tray(s).
6. refrigerate tray(s) for one hour, or overnight. If you refrigerate overnight, press plastic wrap against the trays, covering the batter tightly.
7. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350C. Remove plastic wrap if you used it, and pop them directly into the oven for 8-10 minutes.
8. once they are removed from the oven, Allow them to cool briefly in the trays, and then pop them out on to a wire rack to completely cool.
9. mix together the icing sugar and orange juice, to make a thick glaze. Add the orange juice a little at a time, to keep the glaze thick. I also added a bit of vanilla, which worked well. Once madeleines are cooled completely, tip the tip of each madeleine into the glaze, and put onto a plate.
10. Now try to eat only one. Really- I dare you to stop at one.
In my research, it's evident that people are passionate about madeleines. Apparently, with the die-hards you can't even call them cookies. To be fair, they are a lot more cake-like than cookie like. And the batter that is produced is definitely on the wet side... it reminded me of pancake batter. Which led to me wondering if you could bake pancake batter in the madeleine moulds, and then dip them into maple syrup.
Turns out, you can. G and I had an amazing breakfast one morning feasting on scalloped shaped pancakes dipped in small bowls of pure maple syrup. It was so tasty, I didn't think to grab a photo. but trust me on this- madeleine pancake are seriously awesome. Use whatever pancake batter you like best, then bake them in the madeleine pans at 350C for about 7 minutes (I'd check them at 5, in case your oven runs really hot). Enjoy!!