The day before I left for my holidays in Hong Kong we had two friends over for dinner to say goodbye. I had been running last minute errands all day and came home exhausted, so I told our friends we would just have a very simple dinner: garlic pasta and roasted brussel sprouts with pistachios and pears. I usually make a dessert when guests come over for dinner, but I had run out of time. As dinner came to an end, I could see in everyone’s eyes that something was missing: something simple and comforting to wrap up the dinner. I did a mental scan of what dessert I could make with the most basic ingredients (as my fridge was almost empty) that wouldn’t take more than 15 min. The image of madeleines jumped right out and I remembered that I still had some lavender extract in my pantry and lemon in my fridge to give the madeleines a unique taste!
Turns out I could have just made simple ones as my guests had never even had a traditional madeleine before but I went with the lemon and lavender anyway. 15 min later, we had madeleines hot and fresh out the oven.
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Lemon Lavender Madeleines
1/2 cup (100g) of sugar
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp. (110g) of flour, sifted
Zest of one lemon
A few drops of lavender extract
1 tbsp. of baking powder
Just over 6 tbsp. (90g) of butter
Preheat to 425°F (220°C).
Place the butter in a small bowl and melt in a microwave for 1 minute or until completely melted. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, break the eggs, sugar and mix until bubbles form.
Add baking powder and the sifted flour little by little as you mix.
Do the same for the cooled melted butter then add the lemon zest and lavender extract.
Let the batter sit for 5-10 minutes.
Fill madeleine molds 3/4 of the way. Don’t worry about filling the mold, the batter will spread naturally.
Bake for 4 min before turning down the temperature to 400°F (200°C). Bake for another 8 minutes.
The perfect madeleines will form a little hump and will be golden. If the hump doesn’t appear, no worries it will still be just as good!
Remove from mold once they have cooled a minute or two.