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Tea Time Treats: English Madeleines

If there is one thing that we Brits do well, it is tea time treats. Embedded deep in our society, tea time really defines our way of life – afternoon tea is now more popular than ever, not just in the UK but worldwide. Gone are the days when ladies of society took tea together as a form of etiquette, but even now with our hectic schedules we still stop for a cuppa and a treat. Cakes, tarts, cupcakes, biscuits – anything counts, which is what inspired me to make these little gems. The recipe below is adapted from the queen of cakes, Mary Berry (who else!), however as I do not have any darole moulds, I chose to make little squares instead.English MadeleinesIngredients
100g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 – 6 tbsp strawberry jam (seedless)
75g desiccated coconut

Preheat the oven to 180C, and grease and line an 8 inch square tin. Cream the butter and sugar together, and mix in the vanilla extract and eggs (one at a time). Fold in the flour and baking powder until just combined, then pour the mixture into the tin. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin. Once it is cool, cut off the edges so that you have a straight square.Madeleines Cut the cake into 16 even squares. Put the jam in a small saucepan and gently heat until it is runny. Spread the desiccated coconut on a large plate for coating. Use a fork to hold each madeleine at the bottom, and brush the sides and top of the madeleines with the jam. Roll them around in the desiccated coconut until all coated. Carefully set on a plate and they are ready to eat straight away.Covering the MadeleinesIf you are hosting an afternoon, these would make a lovely addition, perhaps with some Bakewell flapjacks and a slice of lemon and raspberry tart? Enjoy 🙂English Madeleines 2

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I am a keen reader and baker who loves all things sweets! This site is for me to review books and share baking recipes. If you have any comments or recommendations, then please get in touch!


4 thoughts on “Tea Time Treats: English Madeleines

  1. We are good at afternoon teas aren’t we :o) In NZ they call these Lamingtons, I had forgotten that they are Madeleines. I’m trying a raspberry and white choc version.

    Posted by peasepudding | April 15, 2013, 00:23
  2. I give this recipe 10*! my mum went to buy some of these from the local bakery, but there was none left. So I thought I would I bake her some as a surprise and found this recipe on the internet and she absolutely loved them. Now I have her nagging me to make them all the time.

    Posted by Rachel M | April 30, 2014, 23:09

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