Recipe from Herve This
This is such an iconic French cake that it received a place of choice in Marcel Proust famous novel “A la recherche du temps perdu”: the narrator dips his madelaine into a cup of tea and as he bites in it he is suddenly transported in his past childhood and the souvenirs of his grand-mother. Tastes and fragrances do have this uncanny ability to render alive past memories and bring you back all of a sudden to a particular day or a particular mood… Lets give them to our children so one day they might be able to use the sensations experienced in works of the imagination and relive happy times through a simple smell!
Ideally, you need a Flexipan style tray for madelaines but other small shapes trays may work too.
Orange blossom water 1 tbsp
Lemon zest plus juice
Melt the butter in a pan, pour into a bowl and add to it the flour, sugar, orange blossom and a spoonful of honey. Beat well with a wooden spoon then add the yolks, lemon juice and last beat the egg whites to peaks and add them in carefully.
Bake in a 12 pan tray at medium heat (180°) for 15 minutes max.
Those madelaines are light and deliciously fragranced, but never too buttery. Their citrus hint goes perfectly with a cup of earl grey tea…