Le petit madeleines and friends for tea

February 13, 2013

Madeleines and tea is that perfect combination donโ€™t you think? Those golden, sweet little sea shell shaped sponge cakes. My grandmother used to make them for tea and also varied the recipe to include almonds for Christmas cookies.

Itโ€™s been a while since I made madeleines so having my friend Diane come for tea yesterday was a great excuse to make some.

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I got out my Larousse Gastronomic and looked at the recipe. Three eggs. Right, only one egg in the fridge. Emergency trip to the grocery store four blocks away.

Now this is something I always walk, but since Diane was due to arrive in 30 minutes, I drove. Big surprise, the road to the front entrance was closed for road work. Not a problem, I thought, just go around two blocks, duck down the back one-way road and park up. Big surprise! The back road was closed for road work. At this point the thought had occurred to me that I probably should have walked. So I parked as close as I could, (having funneled down the only open road twice), and walked in to get the eggs. Oh boy were the staff of the grocery store livid. The city had issued these two permits without realising they were allowing a complete block of traffic to the store!

I must admit all that running around made me feel slightly like a poor baby and so I bought myself some pink tulips just because.

By the time I got home I had about ten minutes before my friend came and I made the madeleines without letting the batter get completely cool, so the little cakes didnโ€™t get that round puffy effect.

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But boy were they good.

My madeleine pan is very vintage because it used to belong to my grandmother and only holds six cakes to bake at once but as soon as the first batch was out of the oven Kerstie came in on her way thru and grabbed a bunch for herself, for Adam and Binky. Chloe came home from uni and had some too. I had a second one for afternoon tea and made my tea in my grandmotherโ€™s Czech tea cup.

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Four of the cakes lasted till after supper but then they were devoured for desert.

And I have to leave you with this little story: Came home this afternoon to see a glass lying on the kitchen floor with some milk deep inside. All the spilled milk and milk around the edge had been lapped up with just a missed drop or two and I think the expression on this little scrubby cat says it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking up with Artful Affirmations for tea cup Tuesdays…a day late.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Sara v February 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    May I just say, I wish I lived near you! My goodness you do nice things for your friends ๐Ÿ™‚ My friends give me wonderful appetizers and wine, but no one’s ever made me Madeleines…wow. And I love that kitty face–gorgeous!!

    • Reply Veronica February 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Oh Sara I wished you lived near me too! Think of the fun we’d have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply www.reddancerstudio.com February 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Too funny! Thank you for the story and the photos. Me, who is not eating sugar or gluten, is salivating. Darn but some of you lovely blog ladies make some great goodies! Keep it up.

    • Reply Veronica February 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Marianna. You’re probably much healthier than the rest of us! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really should eat a whole lot less sugar…like none!

  • Reply sorrygnat February 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Delightful; i would like to be so talented, but i would eat them all. happy kitty.

    • Reply Veronica February 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Lol Esther, scrubby little kitty! Thank you so much. It’s really what happens when your parents send you to cooking school in a different country hoping you’ll forget about your boyfriend, (who you end up marrying anyway) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sabra Bowers February 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I love how you make everything festive. Madeleines look delicious.

    • Reply Veronica February 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you Sabra. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m trying to concentrate a little bit more on the artful photography rather than snaps. It’s good practice for me.

  • Reply joypureandsimple February 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Hi Veronica!
    I couldn’t find a direct email link to let you know that you are the winner of my giveaway ceramic ring!
    Congratulations!
    Let me know how to send it to you.
    Oh and those madeleines look delicious.
    xx

    • Reply Veronica February 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Joanne, I can’t believe it…feeling so very lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

  • Reply Rosa @ Flutter Flutter February 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I hadn’t heard of these until now! So pretty. And your cat… he is gorgeous! Great pics Veronica. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Veronica February 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you so much Rosa, thank you for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Beyond Back Creek February 16, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I don’t know what a Madeline is supposed to look like, but yours are scrumptious-looking! And the kitty is just so innocently smooch able.
    Still trying to find a way to subscribe to the blog…ideas? Am I missing a widget button somewhere?
    Greetings from Maryland

    • Reply Veronica February 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Melanie, you’re so sweet to keep trying. ๐Ÿ™‚ The follow button should be right under the Flickr badge and above the tag cloud. I’m off now to catch up on what’s happening in your world.

      • Reply Beyond Back Creek February 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

        Found it! Now, when I am in my own WP reader, there is a button under every Reply that lets me know if I am Following, or can choose to Follow, the author’s blog. There is also one in the header of all other WP blogs I visit. But not yours. Is that intentional? Personally, I try to follow through the reader rather than email…keeps me organized. Just curious how it could be missing, as I thought it was built in.

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