Hello hello hello!! It has been waaaaaayyyy too long since my last blog post and I must say I’ve missed it terribly. I can’t believe 7 months have passed from the Flourless Chocolate Brownie post but I’m thrilled to be back to blogging again. Towards the end of last year I was swamped with work and incidentally also found out that I fell pregnant with my first child….yayyyyyyyy!!!!
My excitement was rather short-lived however as I was hit by severe bout of nausea and to make matters worse I was put off with the idea of baking. Yes PUT OFF! Can you believe it?
The one thing that I truly enjoyed and always looked forward to was something I loathed deeply……..up until now. Currently halfway through my second trimester, I’m happy to put the worst part of pregnancy behind me and look forward to impending motherhood and MORE baking of course 🙂
I decided to make some madeleines today as I was craving something light for tea. Madeleines are small, buttery french cakes that are baked in a scallop shaped mould.These cakes are lighter than sponge cakes and are best eaten the day they are baked with just a dusting of icing sugar.
I’ve only had plain madeleines before so I decided to try a new flavour today – something floral perhaps. Adding rosewater to the batter really complemented these delicate cakes and I was rather impressed with how they turned out.
The batter is essentially a genoise batter where the eggs and sugar are beaten until pale, light and fluffy before the addition of the flour and the melted butter. Once the batter is made, it can be baked off straight away but by doing so you wouldn’t get the classic ‘hump’ which is characteristic of a madeleine. To achieve this, the batter should be refrigerated for an hour or two before being baked off in a hot oven.
Alternatively you can also choose to refrigerate the batter overnight and bake it the next day, which is what I did. Notice the ‘hump’ on the madeleine above? Either ways these madeleines are super light and delicate. The hint of rosewater was simply delightful and rather addictive. Do give this a go and let me know how it turned out for you.