Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines


Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines


Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines

I always associate cardamom with Scandinavian baking as well as Christmas……so today’s recipe comes just in time for the festive period, and these delightfully aromatic Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines would be perfect for the Christmas tea time table, OR as a gift for family or foodie friends.  Furthermore, the added addition of lemon and honey adds to the flavour and makes these cakes very special and more than a little decadent. These are one of my favourite French cakes; baked in special fluted trays and sprinkled lightly with icing sugar, they’re so elegant, light and airy. Some are flavoured with vanilla extract only, whilst other recipes suggest using ground almonds, lemon or orange, but I am very pleased with my combination of vanilla extract, honey, cardamom and lemon zest.


Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines

As you can see from the photos, I used my much-loved vintage madeleine moulds, but there are some very handy silicone and non-stick moulds on the market, that would be just as good, although I must admit to being a fan of cooking in metal, as it gives a lovely finish and texture and conducts the heat better than silicone. I HAVE made madeleines at home before, they are not that technically difficult and the result is as good if not better than ones you will find in Tea Rooms, and certainly light years ahead of those awful sugary commercial ones that come in “iffy” plastic boxes……I mean how can a “real” cake have a shelf life of one year? And, It isn’t just me who is a big fan of these little French morsels, Marcel Proust was also taken with them, so much so that he mentions them in his autobiographical book, “Á la recherche du temps perdu” – “Remembrance of Things Past”.


Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines

So, if you have some spare time today or tomorrow, and the oven is on and there’s some fresh coffee on the go, or a big pot of tea at your disposal, then why not whip up a batch of these Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines, they keep for up to 3 days in an airtight tin, and they also make great gifts as I mentioned before – just pop them in a cellophane bag tied with some suitably festive ribbon, and add them to any home-made gift hampers for family or friends you may be planning – they also make fabulous “hostess” gifts for any parties you may be attending over the few days. They don’t freeze particularly well, but then they don’t last that long in my experience, and I usually end up making a double batch! The recipe is shared below, and do pop back over the next few days when I’ll be sharing more recipes that may help you out of the cooking hole this Christmas and New Year! Karen



Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines


Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines

These are one of my favourite French cakes; delicate little light sponge cakes, baked in special fluted trays and sprinkled lightly with icing sugar, so elegant, light and airy. Some are flavoured with vanilla extract only, whilst other recipes suggest using ground almonds, lemon or orange; my recipe uses a combination of vanilla extract, honey, cardamom and lemon zest.

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 125g butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom seeds
  • icing sugar, for sprinkling

Note

These are one of my favourite French cakes; delicate little light sponge cakes, baked in special fluted trays and sprinkled lightly with icing sugar, so elegant, light and airy. Some are flavoured with vanilla extract only, whilst other recipes suggest using ground almonds, lemon or orange; my recipe uses a combination of vanilla extract, honey, cardamom and lemon zest.

Directions

Step 1 Preheat the oven to 190C /375F/ Gas mark 5. Grease and flour 2 x 12 Madeleine moulds. (Make sure that you grease and flour the moulds generously, to stop the cakes sticking)
Step 2 In a medium bowl beat eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and honey with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the icing sugar. Beat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thick and shiny. It can take up to 10 to 15 minutes to achieve the right consistency – this is the key to successful Madeleines, so don’t take short cuts with this stage.
Step 3 Sift together the flour and baking powder. Sift quarter of the flour mixture over the egg mixture, gently fold together with a metal spoon. Fold in the remaining flour bit by bit. Then fold in the melted and cooled butter with the cardamom seeds. Spoon batter into the prepared moulds, filling three quarters full.
Step 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and the tops spring back. Cool in moulds on a rack for 1 minute. Loosen with a knife. Invert onto a rack and cool. Sift icing sugar over the tops. Store in an airtight container.


Cardamom, Honey and Lemon Madeleines

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