Saturday, 23 July 2011

Honey and Vanilla Madeleines

I have turned incredibly jet set these days and after a week of being home in England I headed out to Verbier to start working for a family for 3 weeks, it turned out the weather was again torrential rain, cold and stormy...seems to be a pattern with me at the moment. Anyway we were going to head down to the south of France after a week in the Alps but looking at the two weather forecasts decided that one was much more disirable than the other so left for the sunny Côte d'Azur pretty pronto.

Well its nice and tres chaud here so I'm very happy and I have been testing out some of my frenchy food recipes and here is a yummy recipe for Madeleines. Great as a little tea time treat!

100g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
100g caster sugar
100g butter , melted
1 whole egg , separated, plus 1 egg white
1 tbsp honey or you can use lemon/orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
icing sugar , for dusting
Heat oven to 190c. Use a little of the melted butter to grease the madeleine mould and then dust with flour, if you don't have one you could use something small like a cupcake tin. 
Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl. Put the butter, egg yolk, honey and vanilla into a separate bowl and whisk with a fork till mixed. Whisk the two egg whites until stiff. Fold the butter mixture into the dry ingredients until evenly mixed, then fold in the egg whites in two batches.
Divide between the prepared moulds and bake for 10-12 mins until golden brown and firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the moulds for a few mins, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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