As I’m sure, you know, I LOVE to bake. I think anyone who’s ever read my blog could tell that! I especially like baking around Christmas. One year, I made candy cane brownies for all my friends at school, and decorated Christmas cookies are a personal favorite. This year though, I decided I’d try out a new recipe that I’d spotted in one of my books about hygge! Madeleines are a nice little treat, and they’re super easy to make as well, so why not add a little Christmas cheer!
125g butter, plus extra for greasing
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 shot espresso or strong coffee
1/2 nutmeg, grated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp sea salt
75g icing sugar
50g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
50g ground almonds
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 medium egg whites
1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add maple syrup, coffee, spices, and sea salt
2. In a large bowl, sieve the icing sugar, flour, almonds and baking powder together.
3. Pour in the melted butter mixture and the egg whites. Stir together until a thick batter forms.
4. Put in the fridge to chill for a few hours, or overnight.
5. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease your madeleine tray with butter and then lightly dust with flour.
6. Spoon even amounts of batter into each hole (about 2/3 full)
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until they have risen and look golden brown.
8. Cool for 1-2 minutes before tipping them out of the tray.
Once they cooled down, I had a little taste and it was delightful! Mr. Actually got a kick out of them as well! I’ll be making them again for sure! I’m keen now to try to make other flavors of madeleines too now!