Cakes

French Madeleines

Mary Berry Madeleine Plain & Nutella Filled on wire rack

The other day I wanted to use my new Madeleine Tin and I did the Hairy Bikers’ Madeleines, the other recipe that I tried that day was this one from the Queen of Cakes Mary Berry with just a few alterations.

Adapted from Mary Berry
Makes 24-30 Madeleines

150g Butter
3 Large Eggs
150g Caster Sugar
150g Self Raising Flour
1/2 level teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
* 2 tablespoons Nutella (or Chocolate Spread of your choice)

* You can just do your Madeleines plain. I decided to do half and half 12-15 filled with Nutella and the rest plain so it would suit everyone.

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7. Grease your Madeleine tin, then dust with flour and shake off any excess – this will help the cakes come out cleanly once baked.

Grease and Floured Madeleine Tin
Madeleine Tin greased & dusted with flour

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds then set aside and allow to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract, then whisk until pale and you can see it has thicken.

Mary Berry Madeleine Mixture; Eggs, Sugar & Vanilla
Eggs, Sugar & Vanilla in mixing bowl

3. Sift in half the flour along with the baking powder and fold in gently. Next pour in half the melted butter around the edge of the mixing bowl and fold in.Repeat the process again with the remaining flour and melted butter – making sure that everything is incorporated.

Mary Berry Madeleine Mixture
The Madeleine Mixture

4. Spoon or pipe the mixture into your prepared Madeleine tin.
Plain Madeleines
If you are just doing the plain vanilla Madeleine pipe or spoon the mixture so that it is just level in the moulds.
Nutella Filled Madeleines
Pipe or spoon just a small layer into the mould, then on top of that add a small amount of Nutella – adding to much will cause it to sink to the bottom. After added a little more of the Madeleine mixture just to cover the Nutella you have spooned or piped on.

Pipe the Madeleine batter into each hole
Pipe a small layer in the Madeleine mould
Nutella Centre for Madeleines
Small amount of Nutella for the centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra mixture over the Nutella
Mixture piped over the Nutella

5. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until they are well risen, golden brown and springy to the touch. Ease out of the tray with a small palette knife and cool on a wire rack. If you still have some mixture leftover grease and flour your Madeleine mould again, until all the mixture has been used up.

Madeleine out of the oven
Madeleines fresh out of the oven

Mary Berry Madeleine Plain & Nutella Filled

So finally after doing two slightly different Madeleine recipes I think we all have to say that we preferred… The Baking Queen Mary Berry!

I have to admit I couldn’t wait for them to cool down completely and I started eating them slightly warm, the Nutella was still gooey hmmm heaven.

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Cakes

Madeleines

Hairy Bikers' Madelines

I went to Webbs of Wychbold with my sister the other day and I got some new bakeware with some of my Birthday money.

I had a look in Hobbycraft and Lakeland and some of the things that I got were…

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Two Madeleine Tins from Lakeland I couldn’t wait to try them out.
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A very deep box, that I will be able to fit my cakes in… As I always struggled to find a box deep enough.
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From Hobbycraft I got a Chocolate Skull mould ready for some Halloween Cupcakes and Candy Drops in Black, Green & Purple, thought I would keep the Halloween theme going.

One of the first recipes that I was going to do so that I could use my new Madeleine Tins was this recipe from the Hairy Bikers’ in The Big Book of Baking.

50g Butter
1 Large Egg
50g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
50g Plain Flour
Icing Sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.

2. Melt the butter, I did this in the microwave for 20 seconds. Use a little of this butter with a pastry brush to lightly grease your Madeleine moulds. Then set the rest of the butter aside.

3. In a mixing bowl beat the egg, caster sugar and vanilla extract with an electric hand whisk until the mixture is very pale, thicken and the beaters leave a trail in the mixture when they are lifted from the bowl.

Eggs, Sugar & Vanilla HB Madelines Eggs, Sugar & Vanilla beaten HB Madelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Sift the flour into the bowl, then using a large metal spoon gently fold it into the mixture. Pour in the melted butter you set aside and fold this gently into the mixture too.

Sifted flour HB Madelines Folding melted butter HB Madelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Spoon the mixture into each of the moulds, then bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the Madeleines are well risen and are a pale golden brown.

Hairy Bikers' Madelines out of the oven

Leave to cool for 5 minutes then remove them from the mould and place them on a wire rack.
Dust with icing sugar if desired.

Hairy Bikers' Madelines on wire rack

Considering that this was my first time making Madeleines I think that they turned out really well. Okay I would of liked to of got them out of the tin a lot neater but oh my… didn’t they taste delicious!

I hope that you enjoy these little French cakes!