Monday, 9 January 2012

Honey Madeleines

I got a madeleines tin for Christmas and thought a tasty honey recipe was in order. I made them and took them round to a friend's house as she was cooking dinner. She had made some tasty tiny lemon pots and they went together like peas in a pod!  This is from the New Mrs Beeton 'How to Cook Book'. I think that my tin isn't quite crinkly enough, or I may have just over buttered the holes, hence the near lack of ridges! Still tasty though.

120g butter
50g set honey
3 medium eggs at room temp
100g caster sugar
100g self raising flour
25g ground almonds

-using a small pan, melt the butter and cook until it starts to brown and smell a bit nutty. Remove from the heat once it's a caramel colour. Stir the honey in straight away to halt the cooking process. Set aside to cool slightly
-beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer for around 10-15 mins until light and fluffy. Sift the flour and almonds over the top of the egg mix and fold in gently with a large metal spoon, then add the butter and fold in until incorporated. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 mins.
-grease the tin with butter and dust with flour, tipping away any excess. Turn the oven to gas mark 3/ 160C.
- divide the batter between the holes of the tin (I did two batches). You don't want to fill them too high. Bake for 10-12 mins until golden and springy. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turnout on to a wire rack.
They keep for 4 or 5 days on a decent tin, so you can have tasty afternoon tea every day!

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