I know this post was supposed to go up a couple of weeks back, but that was me being optimistic about posting stuff on the blog from home. Horrible internet connection and working on a tablet is not really a favourite thing, and to add to it, blogger or flickr – one of these- were acting up, forbidding me to place images the way I want. Anyways, I had to have the post up and running because as part of my New Year resolution, at least a recipe post a week on the blog was a must. I actually don’t have anything else in my drafts and if i need to keep with the resolution:
1. The weather must be significantly better for me to (want to) take pictures
2. I should get off my lazy ass and cook
3. I should unpack my bags and dig out the props i bought from India (really cool ones BTW)
4. I should get off my lazy ass and COOK!!!
After diving straight into work, today is my day off and I don’t see any of the above happening. Its Valentine’s day, and what I should actually be doing is to cook up a storm for Ro (who couldn’t care less about VD) and then cuddle up and watch a movie or something. But all I’m thinking of is what cocktail I can make with the new bottle of Cointreau I picked up from duty free and how many varieties I can whip up with the mixers lying around home. (It’s only 11.30am btw! Do I have a drinking problem??? No don’t answer that). Its raining and unbelievably windy and I
don’t want to cant go out. Oh, and Ro is working from home and in about 15 minutes he’s going to ask me ‘what’s for lunch.’ I’m going to reply ‘love and fresh air,’ and then it might end up in an argument and we’d be the awesome couple who fights on every VD.
Ok so madeleines. When I visited Paris last September with my blog buds, one of the things on my ‘to buy list’ was a madeleine tray. We visited a couple of stores that sell cooking paraphernalia and they all had gorgeous madeleine trays, but bloody expensive. So I conveniently forgot about it and instead came back home with other rubbish.
Imagine my excitement when I found a similar tray in TKMaxx for a third of the price. I had to pick it up and make madeleines immediately. So I did and they came out perfectly well. Its so easy to incorporate a flavour of choice into these and I chose lemon- i used my home made extract. Its just a basic sponge recipe and I’m sure you can make it without the molds, but then they wont be called madeleines, will they? I once saw a post trending on Pinterest where oven safe spoons replace the molds. They don’t give you the bump, but they do look pretty madeleine like and is a substitute for the tray.
Recipe adapted from here (makes 18, 8cm madeleines)
Eggs- 3 large, at room temperature
Granulated sugar- 1/2 cup
Dark brown sugar- 2 tbsp
Butter- 1/2 cup
Plain flour- 1 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Lemon extract- 1/2 tsp
Lemon zest- 1 tsp, freshly grated
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep aside.
Beat together the eggs and both the sugars on high speed, either in a free standing mixer with whisk attachment, or using a hand whisk, for about 5 to 8 minutes or till pale and thick.
While the egg mix is being whisked, melt the butter in a saucepan and keep aside. It should be warm to touch.
Into the egg mix add the vanilla and lemon extracts and the lemon zest and whisk till just combined.
Sift in the flour mix bit by bit, folding well after each addition. Do this slowly and carefully, as you don’t want to deflate the egg mix. I used a silicone spatula to fold it in.
Take about 1 cup of this batter and mix it with the warm melted butter.
Whisk it in really well to make sure the butter has been nicely mixed in with the batter.
Add this to the remaining egg batter and gently fold it in till well mixed. (Its easier to mix a bit of the batter with the melted butter and then add that to the bigger batch. You also don’t end up deflating the mix too much.)
Cover with a cling film and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. You can also keep it up to 3 days in the fridge.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 190C and generously grease a 2 12 mold madeleine trays with melted butter using a pastry brush. Also dust the molds with plain flour (tapping out the excess) to be on the safer side.
Drop a tbsp each of batter into each mold. It will be slightly domed in the centre which is precisely what you want.
Bake for about 9 to 11 minutes or just until the cake springs back when touched with a finger, or till the edges turn a light brown. Don’t over bake it.
Take the pans out of the oven and immediately tap out the madeleines on to a wire rack.
Dust with some icing sugar and serve immediately with a cup of coffee.
Notes: I had only one 12 mold tray and so after i finished baking the first batch, i kept it aside for a few minutes to cool down and then repeated the greasing process. The dough was kept back in the fridge while the first batch was baking. The second batch also came out perfectly fine for me.
The madeleines are best had immediately, but it can also be stored up to 3 days in an air tight container in the fridge.