Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lavender and Honey Madeleines


There's something so enchanting about madeleines. Small desserts always get my approval as one can indulge without guilt, a lovely little morsel with a cup of tea or coffee is like a mini vacation in the midst of a busy day.  One can get creative with the flavorings  but lavender and honey is my personal favorite, we have lavender blooming in the garden at the moment and I never tire of it.



The bees seem to love it too.




Lavender and Honey Madeleines



6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon of culinary lavender
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 F

Prepare one or more Madeleine molds.  Using a pastry brush, coat the Madeleine molds with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Dust with a little flour, titling the molds to coat evenly. 

In a bowl combine flour, culinary lavender and baking powder, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together, the honey, eggs, sugar and vanilla until pale yellow.  Add the butter, one tablespoon at a time. Gently combine.

Pour in the flour and baking powder, beat gently until combined.

Spoon the batter into the Madeleine molds and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan then remove and cool thoroughly on a baking rack.

When cold sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar if desired.







33 comments:

  1. Oh Mary, your Madeleines are just so lovely.

    I lost my lavender plant two years ago and haven't replaced it yet. Well, you have now provoked me to make sure I plant another this fall.

    Thank you so much for sharing these delectable delights with us today, Mary.

    P.S. I see you have Yellow Yarrow growing also. It must look delightful with the Lavender:)

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    1. Hi Louise, so glad you are going for more lavender - you can't have enough of it in my opinion!! yes, I love yarrow - it seems to get better every year :)
      Mary x

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  2. I have never tried making Madeleines, but every time I come across a mold at a shop, I'm tempted. I have a mini cupcake tin.. this batter might work in that as well. Is the lavender is added the same time as the vanilla, or to the flour? Do you refine it or leave it as it? I have very limited experience with the stuff. Lavender was a bit difficult to find here in Dallas. Recently I found some and grabbed a small scoop of it. I've only tried it once, placing it into a muslin bag along with a few other spices and rinds when making a flavoured syrup. I pulled that bag out after the syrup simmered for a bit and discarded the contents.

    Gerlinde

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    1. Hi Gerlinde, I think the batter may work in a mini cupcake tin - it might be a little heavy but you could give it a go. I add the lavender with the flour - and I usually buy culinary lavender - if I can't find it around I buy it online. Thanks for rising these issues - I'll hop back on the blog and address them! Hope the mini cupcakes work.
      Mary x

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  3. I love lavender, though I've never cooked with it except as part of a herbes de Provence mix. I have a friend who once made a beautiful lavender icecream with flowers from her garden though. My largest lavender bush is lavandula officianalis, herbalists' grade lavender- so I'm sure it would be great to use in cooking. Lavender flavoured cakes sound just perfect :)

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  4. I'll bet that lavender makes you feel like you brought a bit of home with you to the States. Your madeleines look so delicious and very pretty too!

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  5. interesting recipes using lavender, never thought of using it in recipes, but now you got me thinking!

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  6. Oh, how delicate and delicious...love honey and lavender madeleines!

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  7. Your Madeleines look so charming with their sprigs of lavender and sprinkling of icing sugar. The addition of honey must give them that nice little something extra! The French seem to perfume their Madeleines with orange water which I'm not quite so keen on.
    I love you garden shot of the lavender and of the bee collecting pollen!

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  8. Hi Mary,

    I love the fragrance of lavender too and can't wait for them to bloom in October (Melbourne Springtime)...

    I have never use lavender to make dessert but have seen a few mixed reviews about using this ingredient. Yours is definitely on the positive side. Very beautiful madeleines.

    Zoe

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  9. Wow, your own homegrown lavender! I'm so envious! :)
    Your madeleines looks wonderful and the last time I made, it was lavender ones too, just love the aroma and fragrance from these flowers!

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  10. Your Madeleines look just gorgeous Mary, as does the lavender. Ours is blooming like mad at the moment. I have made lavender sugar with it and I think I will make something else with it as well. Just haven't decided what yet!

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  11. Between the lavender infusion and just the madeleines themselves, these are super decadent!

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  12. Your madeleines look so pretty. You've inspired me to get out my madeleine pan.
    Sam

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  13. What fun! I've got some lavender I could use, too. We adore madeleines, perfect and light...not like eating a dense cookie, but a light cake. I don't feel nearly as guilty!

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  14. Mary, these madeleines look wonderful!! And I love that they are infused with lavender... I bet they were amazing!!

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  15. Oh Mary, what beautiful photos! I have never made madeleines because I always wondered if I needed another baking pan in my cupboards. You're making me re-think this idea. Wouldn't they be perfect with a cup of tea? xo

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  16. They look almost too pretty to eat... ALMOST!

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  17. I have to laugh because every time I come to your blog I think I write the words yum quite often. You just put up so many lovely recipes :)
    I've got lavender growing underneath my living room window, I've never used it in baking before but if it tastes as lovely as it smells it must be very tasty :))

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  18. You madeleines are so pretty! I just love the spongy delicate texture and bet the honey is perfect!

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  19. I have never made madeleines, and keep telling myself that I should buy a pan. I love lavender and honey. These are picture perfect.

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  20. I am in love with those mandelines. Loved the flavor combo

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  21. These madeleines look heavenly, Mary. I love the combo of lavender and honey. Simply irresistible!

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  22. I have never made them.They seem delicious and are really pretty!
    Kisses!

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  23. These look like they smell wonderful and would taste delightful with coffee!

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  24. Gorgeous Madeleines and photos to match! CC

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  25. Beautiful clicks and the madeleines look perfect. I totally agree with you on small desserts.

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  26. I´ve yet to bake with lavender. But honey and madeleines, those I love! Wonderful little morsels Mary.

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  27. Another pan I mus purchase--off to Amazon to shop. I do love their hours especially when insomnia hits!

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  28. Lavender and honey sounds like a gorgeous combination - I've been meaning to bake with lavender for so long now and still haven't, this has made me even more determined to finally get round to it (and also make better use of my madeleine pan!).

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  29. Such a pretty post:)
    I will try these!

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  30. Mary, the madeleine's look amazing! The combination of lavender with honey...wonderful! I cook with organically grown lavender straight from the garden. Will be planting more in the fall for the bees!

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