I read a blog called Sweet Madeleine , which you can find at http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/23672584/. I am often reminded by word association of the unused Madeleine tin in my cupboard and today was the day for it to get sticky with cake crumbs!
I have never made them before but the school bell looms and hungry 6 year old will need his snack . Did I tell you we have gone French with snacks and instigated the 3:30 ‘gouter’ as in France. No snacks until 3:30 on any day with the obvious benefit the children actually eat their meals as genuinely hungry.
I found the recipe at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/madeleine_15211
2 free-range eggs
100g/3½oz caster sugar
100g/3½oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 lemon, juice and zest ( I replaced this with 1 tsp vanilla extract)
¾ tsp baking powder
100g/3½oz butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus extra for greasing
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Brush the madeleine tray with melted butter then shake in a little flour to coat, tapping out the excess.
Whisk together the eggs and the sugar in a bowl until frothy. Lightly whisk in the remaining ingredients. Leave to stand for 20 minutes before carefully pouring into the prepared madeleine tray.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture has risen a little in the middle and is fully cooked through. Transfer the madeleines to a wire rack and leave for a few minutes to cool slightly. These are best eaten within an hour of cooking.