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Le petit madeleines and friends for tea

Madeleines and tea is that perfect combination don’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.

It’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 didn’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 grandmother’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. 🙂

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


Comments: 15

  • February 13, 2013

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

  • February 13, 2013

    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.

  • February 13, 2013

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

  • February 13, 2013

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

  • February 14, 2013

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

  • February 15, 2013

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

  • February 16, 2013

    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

      • February 17, 2013

        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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