Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Lemon and Elderflower Madeleines

It's the same story every year; i make the elderflower cordial, i give a couple bottles away, and then keep the rest for my family. As usual, i started looking for recipes that i can use it in, my pintrest addiction being put to use for once! Since, i haven't used my madeleine tin yet (I've had it for a year!). I thought it was about time i christened it, and I'm glad i did, with something so delicious!

These are the perfect afternoon tea cakes, they look pretty without being a difficult and fiddly. Or ideally served, with a coffee, at breakfast, not to mention on a little Paris balcony, ideally with a view of the Eiffel tower.No? A girl can dream...

Other than, that they look pretty, another reason why i like these, is that they let the elderflower "sing" on its own, unlike previous recipes which also contain fruit of some sort (but are just as delicious). If you want to you could add raspberry, just push them into the mixture, once in the moulds. If you don't have a madeleine tin, you could put it into mini cupcake tins, although it would look quite similar to my canape. If you didn't have either of those tins then my blackberry,lime and elderflower slice, might be a bit easier.


2 eggs
75g caster sugar
100g plain flour, sifted 
1/2 tsp baking powder
75g melted butter, cooled
zest 1 lemon
3 tbsp elderflower cordial 

melted butter to grease 
flour to grease elderflower syrup, to glaze
icing sugar to dust(and make look beautiful and ladylike )

1. Whisk the eggs and sugar together, until thick and pale and fluffy
2. combine the butter, elderflower cordial and lemon zest
3. fold in the sifted flour and baking powder, alternating with the butter mixture
4. rest the mixture for about for 4 hrs, or longer(up to 3 days)
5. when ready, preheat the oven to 200°, gas mark 6
6. grease the moulds with melted butter, and dust with flour. place in the freezer for 2 mins to chill
7. fill each mould 3/4 full or almost full
8. bake for 8- 12mins depending on the size of your madeleines, or until golden and spring back when touched
9. brush immediately with elderflower syrup 
10. dust with icing sugar to serve 


  1. They look amazing and also look very easy to make, nice one Emma.