I was having a Eurovision party and I allocated each country performing a number and drew my guests a country at random. I drew France which was admittedly a much simpler option than say Moldova or Armenia of which I know very little of the food culture. I made some Madeleines which I have made many times before as they’re just so pretty and easy to pass around for a little nibble. The recipe is in Rachel Khoo’s book ‘Little Paris Kitchen’ and I believe it’s a good one as the madeleines have got their signature bump. This forms by turning the oven off mid-cooking for one minute and lowering the temperature for the rest of the cooking time. Amazingly, these madeleines were not the only success of the night. The UK actually came second in the Eurovision Song Contest which was a great surprise to us all. I’ve got to say that I think it was thoroughly deserved by Sam Ryder and his brilliant song Space Man.
Makes about 30 – 36
- 3 eggs
- 130g sugar
- 200g plain flour (+ extra to flour the tin)
- 10g baking powder
- 1 lemon
- 20g honey
- 60 ml milk
- 200g butter (+ extra to butter the tin)
1.) Melt the 200g butter in the microwave on blasts of 10 seconds until all done. Mix it with the milk and honey.
2.) Measure out the flour and baking powder into one large bowl. Zest the lemon and add the lemon zest to this bowl.
3.) Crack the eggs into another bowl and add the sugar. Whisk until light and frothy. Add the flour mixture in batches and fold into the eggs until all is incorporated.
4.) Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a few hours.
5.) When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
6.) Melt some butter and brush the madeleine tin with it. Sprinkle over some flour, Shake the tin, best to do this over a bin or a sink. Tap the end to spread the flour evenly.
7.) Add a tbsp of the mixture to each shell.
8.) Bake for 5 minutes then turn off the oven for 1 minute.
9.) Turn the oven back on again but at 160 degrees C and bake for 5 more minutes.
10.) Take out the tin, place on a cooling rack and let cool before attempting to lift out the tin.