Monday, 6 February 2012

☃ oh la la

we had a fall of snow over the weekend
and it's still on the ground:
enough for us to stay home today and get baking:

ever since our holiday in France last year,
I have been trying to find a tin to make
those delicious small lemon scented
cakes called madeleines:
but rummaging in my cake tin drawer
I rediscovered this old tin:
it once belonged to the mother of a friend
of my mummy's:
he gave it to me years ago:
it is shallow enough to make madeleines
although not their usual cute shell shape:

this recipe is a mix of the many recipes 
I found online: 
so simple!

 madeleines with a hint of lemon

you will need .....
{makes around 24 small cakes}

2 eggs
75g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
the juice and zest of half a lemon
a scant few drops of vanilla extract

put the butter into a saucepan or microwave
 and heat gently until melted:
in a large bowl mix the eggs and sugar
add the grated lemon zest, juice and vanilla
then stir in the melted butter
sift in the flour and baking powder
and mix gently
it will be quite runny at this point:
cover with a teatowel and leave for at least an hour:
{there is a science part to that, something to do with gluten}

preheat the oven to 190c/ gas 5
brush your tin with melted butter and dust with flour:
spoon cake mixture into the tin
until 3/4 full
bake for ten minutes until risen and lightly golden:
remove from the tin and cool:
dust with icing sugar 
and enjoy with a good cup of tea or coffee:
slightly crisp on the outside and feather light inside:
these can be dunked too!
{keep in an airtight tin}

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