by contributor La of Messy La
Madeleines are a very delicate and feminine bake. They are simply a light, airy sponge that is baked in shell like moulds which remind me of The Little Mermaid. They are slightly crispy and golden on the outside but inside is a lighter, heavenly sponge. Madeleines are a traditionally french cake originally called Petit Madeleine, which I think is the sweetest thing ever. You will need a shell shape mould tray to make these little beauties come alive..
You will need:
50g Caster Sugar
50g Plain Flour
¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
50g Butter (melted), plus extra for greasing your tin
½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
A Madeleine Tray, 12 hole.
What to do:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Brush a little melted butter over your madeleine moulds and dust a sprinkling of flour too to prevent the mixture sticking.
Using an electric mixer, beat together your egg and sugar until it’s pale, thick and mousse-like. This can take up to 5 minutes and should be 3 times it’s volume when fully mixed.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the whisked egg and sugar. Fold the mixture together carefully, not losing too much air as you do so. Add in your sweet vanilla extract and continue to fold together. It will be smelling heavenly at this stage, trying to avoid eating the mixture raw is your biggest problem at the moment!
Use two teaspoons to spoon your mixture into the madeleine moulds, filling each almost to the top. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden and springy to touch.
Whilst your madeleines are baking, boil some water in a saucepan and place a bowl over the top with your dark chocolate. Let the chocolate melt slowly until you have a glossy river of delicious chocolate. Prepare your coconut for dunking too.
Remove your madeleines from their mould and leave to cool on a wire rack.
You can decorate your madeleines in various ways. Dipped in chocolate, dipped in chocolate and dunked in coconut, sprinkled with icing sugar, served with lemon curd, jam! The options are endless. They are such a sweet, versatile little bake. They look fantastic and will always impress your guests!