Thursday, March 7, 2013

French Tea Cakes - Madeleines

The first time I had these pillowy soft, slightly sweet tea cakes I was hooked. I was working in Hawaii as a Nanny and my boss had a batch on the counter. They are perfect when you're craving something on the sweet side and are the perfect compliment to a warm cup of coffee. I enjoyed a few just that way sitting on the Lanai of the second story home over looking the Pacific and watching the Humpback whales breach. Perfection!

3 eggs
2/3 c sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick of butter
1 c flour
1/4 c cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest of one orange
Confectioners sugar

Preheat the oven to 375
Mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla and zest together until pale yellow. Melt the butter, cool and set aside. Mix the dry ingredients and fold them into the wet in two additions. Gently fold in the butter. Spoon the batter into a greased Madeleine mold about 3/4 of the way up. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan, shell side up and dust with powdered sugar. 

Bon Appetit!

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