A UNIQUE LITTTLE CAKE – ORANGE AND ALMOND MADELEINES

DSCN5621Sweet little cakes with a rich orange flavour.

INGREDIENTS

100g soft butter

100g caster sugar

Grated zest of 1 orange

2 eggs

1/2 cup self-raising flour

A pinch of baking powder

A pinch of salt

1/3  cup ground almonds

FOR THE SYRUP

1/3 cup caster sugar

Juice of 1 orange

METHOD

1- Preheat the oven to 180C.

2- Grease the Madeleine tin with butter and dust with flour.

3- In a small bowl combine together the self-raising flour, the baking powder and the salt.

4- In another bowl beat together the butter, the sugar, and the lemon zest.  Add the eggs one by one until the mixture is well combined.

5- Gently fold in the flour mixture over the egg mixture using a spatula.

6- Drop 1 tablespoon of the batter in the centre of each shell.

7- Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until firm.

8- Remove the Madeleines from the oven, let them rest for a minute or two, run a knife around the edges and place them on a rack.

9- Use a baking brush to cover the top of each Madeleine with the syrup.

10- After they cool dust them with icing sugar.

METHOD FOR THE SYRUP

1- Bring the sugar and juice to the boil, stir and cooked until it thickens.

TIPS

– Do not put more than one tablespoon of batter in each shell because if you put more the Madeleines will be too big and loose their shape.

 

 

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