Madeleines are delicious buttery-tasting cakes which have been loved by all age groups for many years.
Let yourself be tempted by these classic French cakes which are, in fact, so easy to make!
For around 20 madeleines
½ sachet baking powder
2 sachets vanilla sugar
110g-3.8 oz caster sugar
150g-5.2 oz flour
130g-4.5 oz butter
Cut the zest from the lemon (cut the rind into grated strips).
Cut the butter into small pieces and melt it slowly in a saucepan on a low heat. Be careful not to burn it.
Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl with the sugar and vanilla sugar.
The mixture should become frothy and pale yellow.
Add the sifted flour and baking powder. Mix to obtain a smooth paste.
Add the lemon zest.
Pour in the melted butter gently, mixing all the time.
Leave the mixture to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes (this is what will cause the temperature shock which gives the Madeleines their lovely characteristic shape).
Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
Pour about 1 teaspoon of mixture into each Madeleine tin.
Cook the cakes for 4 minutes at 220°C. Then reduce the temperature to 190°C and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the Madeleines are golden brown.
Turn them out onto a cake rack and leave them to cool.
They are great with a cup of coffee or tea.
Your children will love them at tea-time, they are simply scrumptious!