Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Lime honey madeleines

Lime honey madeleines

These delicate madeleines are a simple homage to a friend of mine who lives on the other side of the planet. She’s a tremendously talented cook/baker and I have used many of her recipes here.
A generous and sensitive friend, who sent, all the way from Japan, a box addressed to Brazil – a box full of beautiful and adorable things. And these were among the gifts:

It took me forever to first use the pans – every time I decided to make the madeleines, I remembered that the batter had to be refrigerated for at least a while. And as Murphy is also a friend of mine (sometimes) the idea of baking these beauties would only occur to me when there would be no time for batter-resting.

Of course I used a recipe from the person who sent me the pans – the madeleines were fantastic! I had never tried these famous miniature cakes – can I call them this way? – and it was a new and delicious thing to learn. The smell of the lime is contagious and the flavor… Well, I don’t need to tell these are highly addictive – can’t wait to try different recipes.

Akemi, my dear, you are a very, very special person. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend!! Thank you for sharing such amazing things with me! xoxo

Lime honey madeleines

Lime honey madeleines

100g unsalted butter
100g all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
60g sugar
30g honey – I used orange blossom honey
2 tablespoons lime juice
pinch of grated lime zest – this is optional; I’m a citrus sucker so I used the grated zest of 1 large lime

Brush molds with melted butter and sprinkle with flour to coat; tap the pans to remove excess flour.
Sift together flour and baking powder into a bowl.

In another bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until well combined. Add the juice, zest and the flour mixture. Mix only until flour is incorporated.
Melt butter and honey in the microwave oven or in a small bowl over lightly simmering water – I did this step before starting the recipe itself and set the liquid aside to cool a bit.
Add melted butter + honey to batter and mix well.

Cover the bowl with plastic or cling film and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour – I left it overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/355ºF. Pour batter onto prepared pans – it’s not necessary to level it up, since the batter will spread in the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cakes comes out clean.

Lime honey madeleines

Makes 12 madeleines – I got 15 small + 5 large ones

Lime honey madeleines

The bumps were pretty small... I think I have to keep making madeleines until I get bigger bumps. :)


Manggy said...

Big hump or no, those look great, Patricia! Love the unique pan too. Unfortunately, aside from refrigerating the batter I'm not sure what else to do to ensure good humpage :/

Anh said...

Really beautiful, Pat! I love them :)

Peter M said...

Madeleines are a simple, delicate cookie...perfect wit ha coffee. I'll have 5!

Unknown said...

I've always been intrigued by madelines... but I've never had one. And it's probably a good thing, because then I'd need pans... and a bigger kitchen! :)

These look lovely, though! What time is tea?

Anonymous said...

Wow, those look lovely!
Such a thoughtful gift from your friend!

Susan said...

You can never, ever go wrong with madeleines. Love the lime!

Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

I bet the flavor combo is great! Yummy!

Hillary said...

Very interesting flavor combination! I have never had a madeleine.

Deborah said...

I really need to get a madeleine pan!! These sound wonderful!

Clumsy Cook said...

I love the combination of lime and honey--these sound so sweetly perfect!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Beautiful madeleines! What a great tribute to a great friend. I love the wider scallops - I've never seen madeleine pans with that shape before.

Annemarie said...

What a beautiful gift and a beautiful result. I've always wanted to make madeleines but have never gotten around to making the right pans, so I suppose I've had the opposite problem as you! Makes me want a nice cup of coffee and a chair to curl myself up in.

kickpleat said...

wow, i'm totally wanting a madeleine pan! those look lovely.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I forwarded this recipe directly to my husband, who is the madeleine baker in our family. Now I'm crossing my fingers that he will make these for me!

Aimée said...

They look great! Of course, it never hurts to have more madeleines around, so happy testing!

Anonymous said...

They look wonderful, Patricia! You have a very good friend there. Happy Holidays!

linda said...

They look so lovely, especially the shell ones!

Anonymous said...

I heart Madeleines!!! MMMMMMM

Wendy said...

They are so very pretty!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Patricia, these are the cutest and most adorable madeleines I've ever seen! Seems like they are back in 'Food Fashion'- madeleine posts have been popping up at every corner of the globe! I posted on them recently too!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

They look wonderful Patricia. I love madeleines, especially when they're still warm straight out of the oven. I've never made them myself though. Lovely gift to receive from your friend.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

Cakes? Cookies? Who cares--they look and sound delicious! And the recipe has lime juice in it. Aren't Brazilians required by law to make any recipe that includes any part of the lime? I do have a serious question too: Why does the batter need to be refrigerated? As you can tell, I rarely bake.

Cynthia said...

Don't you just love blogging and the spirit of generosity.

Renee said...

I love the scallop pans! They're just so classy. These look delicious.

Peabody said...

Oh what fun are the scallop pans!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Patricia - I think that madeleines are probably my favorite cookie - so tender and cake-like. I really like the shape of your scallop shell madeleines - so pretty!

Abitofafoodie said...

Beautiful. They look so perfect, Patricia! And what a great idea to make them with lime.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I think your humps are just perfect. I think you must keep making madeleines until I am able to taste them or for about any reason you can think of and then bake them just because the last one was eaten!
They are such good little cakes. I think I need to get my pans out.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mark, I think that maybe it took me too long to pour the batter and place them in the oven. :S

Anh, thank you, darling!

Peter, have as many as you want, my friend!

Michelle, I tried "tracking you down", but no profile was found. I want to know your blog, too, leave me the link, please? ;)
Tea is served, welcome! :)

Zen, my friend is just great.

Susan, lime is definitely a favorite of mine, too. ;)

Kristen, the honey flavor is very subtle, but the lime is all over the place. ;)

Hillary, it was my first time!

Deb, I'm sure once you get the pans you'll get hooked. :)

Clumsy Cook, tks for stopping by!

Lynn, the larger madeleines were really beautiful, I hadn't seen them around before.

Annemarie, these pans are almost impossible to find here in Brazil. Lucky me for having such an amazing friend!

Kickpleat, thank you, dear!

Lydia, I'll cross my fingers here so he will make them for you, my dear. :)

Aimée, I agree! :)

Maryann, thank you! Happy Holidays to you and your family, too!

Linda, I love the scallop ones, too. :)

Tea, thank you!

Wendy, tks, sweetie!

Carol, and I want to try all these recipes around! And I will use your recipe too, if you don't mind. :)

Amanda, I had a couple of them still warm, and they were wonderful. But the next day the lime flavor was stronger, so I thought they were even better!

Terry, it needs to be refrigerated so the bums will be higher.
I do use lime for almost everything, you know. And our drink, Caipirinha, is made with lime juice... oh, so many possibilities. :)

Cynthia, I do! So many wonderful people around, I feel so lucky.

Nan, thank you for visiting! I'm glad you like the madeleines!

Pea, and they are big - two bites for them to be gone. :)

T.W., thank you, my dear friend!

Antonia, you are far too kind!

Tanna, I will keep making them. Too bad they spoil so fast, otherwise I'd send you a big box with different flavors.

michelle said...

You already know me! I'm just remedial and having a hard time adjusting to Blogger's new commenting rules. ;)

Michelle @ Culinography

hanne said...

Wow, what a great flavour combo. I love lime and honey, but I would never have thought of using it in madeleines. I love the seashell shape too. So pretty.

Mallow said...

Those are beautiful! I love madeleines, and I love lime, but I've never seen them together... I will keep this recipe in mind for when I finally get some madeleine pans.

Veron said...

I have never made madeleines...these are beautiful!

pam said...

I also have never made madeleines! They look so pretty and delicate though, I must try some!

test it comm said...

Lime and honey madeleines sounds good. They are nice and golden brown.

desie said...

hmm, beautiful flavours with the lime and honey. they look sweet.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Michelle, good to know it's you, sweetie!
Blogger has been such a pain in the neck lately... :S

Hanne, I love both too and like you would never have thought of mixing them.

Mallow, let me know if you try them, dear.

Veron, it was my first time, too!

Pam, you definitely should!

Kevin, thank you, my friend.

May, thank you!

SteamyKitchen said...

what a wonderful combo of flavors. I know what to ask for this year for xmas - a madeleine pan!

Helene said...

What a nice friend! An early Christmas present! The madeleines look lovely. I don't refrigerate mine but bake them at high temp.

sher said...

I love madeleines, but have never made them. Scandalous! I can see that I must rectify that.

Maggie said...

This posting caught my eye because I love baking tins - the prettier the better. The shell tin(I'm envious). The recipe I thank you for because I now have another recipe for madeleines.

Cakebrain said...

Patricia, the scallop madeleine pan is so beautiful and unique! I love it! And the madeleines turned out so lovely...what a great friend!

thecoffeesnob said...

I've been in two minds about getting a madeleine pan since i finally laid hands on a copy of Baking From My Home to Yours. All of a sudden, they seem to be popping up everywhere- it must be a sign.

Yours look absolutely gorgeous, Pat. They've just tipped me over the fence- i'm going out to get the pan tomorrow :)

ilingc said...

The little madeleine shells are gorgeous Patricia. How I wish I had my madeleine pans with me now.

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm I love madeleines & yours look great. My favourite kind to make are earl grey flavoured. I think to get the bigger bumps, you have to make sure you've thoroughly chilled the batter in the fridge for a few hours.

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