“I want to do a little baking. But, I don’t like frosting.” I suggested cookies. “Can we try something a little different? I don’t know that I want chocolate chip.” Something different it is! Let’s try making Madeleine.
While at first glance these cookies appear slightly intimidating, let me assure you they are the easiest cookies to bake; sweet, simple, and easily adapted for all tastes.
As our cookies would be served during Our Morning Basket time and enjoyed over a cup of tea, it seemed only appropriate to adjust our recipe to accommodate our theme!
Orange-Earl Grey Madeleines
adapted from My Life in France by Mimi Thorisson
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter (plus a little more for greasing the pan)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons earl grey tea
Melt the butter over medium heat, when melted add the earl grey tea, cover and allow to
steep for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, honey and orange zest until light and fluffy. In a large bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Gently whisk the egg mixture into the dry. Stir in the butter, cover the batter and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour the Madeleine pan. Evenly scoop a heaping tablespoon of batter into each mold and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown. Gingerly remove each Madeleine from the mold with an offset spatula. Serve warm.
These little beauties were a perfect addition to our homeschool morning. They flavor of the earl grey was subtle, but present. The orange and honey a lovely compliment. The recipe was simple enough the children were able to make these on their own with little assistance from me. However, I will note, the amount of Madeleine made depends on the size of the pan. Our Madeleine were of a medium size, thus this recipe yielded a little more than one dozen cookies; which pleased us just fine!
Now, if only I could stop eating them!
Chime In!: What is your favorite flavor Madeleine?