Enough with the bad magazines, right? Let’s talk about a really good one – Donna Hay’s.
Those who have read me for a while know about my love for anything Donna – besides delicious and fool-proof recipes, her magazine also brings beautiful ideas for home-décor and entertaining. You have also told me, through comments and emails, that some of you can’t find the magazine where you live and/or it costs too much for you to buy it on a regular basis. I have great news for you: Donna has launched her new website and it looks fantastic! You’ll find tons of recipes there (with photos!) and fabulous style ideas. Go on, take a look! I know you’ll love it. :)
Speaking of marvelous things and talented people, I got the recipe for these madeleines on Helen’s blog and made them using the lavender Allen sent me as a gift.
5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon dried edible lavender
¾ cup (105g) flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/3 cup (67g) sugar
grated zest of half a lemon
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Melt the butter with the lavender and let sit for 10 minutes to infuse. Strain but keep half of the lavender in with butter, or discard the whole amount.
Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar and lemon zest until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Add the honey and vanilla and beat for one minute more. Switch to a rubber spatula and incorporate the dry ingredients. Fold in the butter. Refrigerate the batter at least 2 hours or up to 3 days (it helps with the bumps characteristic of the madeleines).
Preheat oven at 200ºC/400ºF.
Butter and flour your madeleines molds and divide the batter evenly.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until they are golden brown.
Makes 12 – Helen got 24; I halved the recipe and got 15