First a confession about the picture above; not mine. This is the lovely picture of what Madelines should look like, care of www.allrecipes.com. My first attempt at these delightful little biscuits looked more like this.
Yes, they’re slightly burned. Crispy, if you will. This was a very good lesson of not every oven is the same. Seems that my mom’s oven is a super oven that bakes things in record time.
Theses crispy little cakes were part of the prep for a Sunday tea visit. Something about Sunday, tea and biscuits on a frosty winter morning that makes the whole day relaxed. Even after burning them, my relaxed self found a very appropriate solution. Icing sugar.
There we go, no one will be the wiser. Also, they’re not shaped like the traditional Madelines, but acorns. So really, we can say they’re snow covered acorns.
The recipe itself is quite simple.
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
First, set the oven to 375°F and melt the butter. I went for the fast option and used the microwave, but be careful not to boil it. The butter can be left off to the side to cool down to room temperature or put outside. Again, be careful if you’re doing this in Winnipeg. I had to warm the butter up to room temperature after leaving it in the garage for too long.
Beat the eggs and vanilla at high speed until they look fluffy and have little air bubbles in the mix. Then, still at high speed, add the sugar slowly and beat it for about five minutes or the mixture looks soft and pours like you see in the picture.
It should “pour like a ribbon” according to the original recipe.
Next, sift the flour and fold it into the egg mixture, one third at a time.
Finally, add the lemon zest and fold in the melted butter. I have to admit, in all the baking I’ve done, this is the first time I’ve zest-ed. My mom happily demonstrated her zest-ing tool.
Pour into molds and bake for about 14 minutes, or 12 minutes in the case of the super oven. Don’t get distracted by a cute face while timing your baking.
Come to think of it, the super oven might not have been solely to blame for my crispy Madelines.
Cheers to lazy Sundays and tasty cakes … even the crispy ones.