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Christmassy madeleines with orange and lemon zest

Christmassy madeleines with orange and lemon zest

These little morsels will always take me back to my childhood. Funny enough, we never used to make them, my mum would always buy them. I just remember enjoying them as my after school snack. They are actually super easy to make, and the mix will keep for a good week in the fridge, so you can enjoy them fresh every day. They are the perfect little treat at this time of year too. You can make them with the kids. Wrap them beautifully and give them away to friends and family, perfect Christmas gift. So here you have it my "Christmassy madeleines with orange and lemon zest".

Ingredients:

125 g melted unsalted butter

125 g plain flour

3 medium eggs

4 g baking powder

125 g sugar

A pinch of salt

Zest of an orange and a lemon

A madeleines tray

Method:

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Whisk the eggs and sugar to a white consistency and add your zest. Slowly fold in your flour. Then add your melted butter in one go and mix again. Cover your bowl with cling film and put it in the fridge for at least an hour. This will allow the flavours to develop and the mixture to rise properly. This mixture can actually be kept for a week in the fridge, so you can actually bake fresh madeleines every day. Butter and flour your madeleines tray and fill it with a tsp of your mixture. Bake them for 10 minutes or until golden brown in a pre-heated 180° C oven. Get them out of the tray as soon as they come out of the oven. You can eat them warm. Otherwise let them cool down and dip them in dark chocolate for an extra bit of indulgence. Et voilà!

Tip: when your cake is completely cool, dust the top with cocoa powder 

Joyeux Noël!⠀

Corrine x

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Financiers filled with chocolate and hazelnut

Financiers filled with chocolate and hazelnut

January is never a month I look forward to in general, lockdown has not helped and I'm sure many of you are dying to see the back of it. Plenty of tea or a good cup of cocoa always help, with a little treat or two preferably for me. So I have the perfect recipe to help you with the January blues, and it is super easy to make. So here you have it my "financiers filled with chocolate and hazelnut".

Financiers filled with chocolate and hazelnut

Ingredients:

I used a financier mould for mine, but no need to buy one, just use a muffin or cupcake tray, it will work just as well.

260 g of icing sugar

300 g butter

180 g egg whites (the equivalent of 6 eggs)

160 g ground almonds

100 g plain flour

2 TBSP of chopped hazelnuts

100 g of dark chocolate, no need for an expensive chocolate for this.

Pre-heat your oven to 180° C

Method:

Melt your butter in a pan until it becomes brown butter, it is important to get it brown as it will enhance the nutty flavour of the financiers. Let it cool.

In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, sugar, almond, flour and hazelnut, then add the egg whites. Once the butter is cool add it to your dry mix. Pour your mix in your tray, not all the way to the top only half way, then add a square of chocolate on top and pop in your oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until brown on top. Et voilà, as simple as this!

Other suggestions: you could replace the chocolate with raspberry or even bits of bananas or even pineapple

If you enjoy baking do check out my latest online baking classes

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x

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Petites frangipane tarts with a chocolate surprise

Petites frangipane tarts with a chocolate surprise

I know Christmas is most certainly going to be different this year, but I am determined more than ever to just enjoy it and not even think about "what it could have been without Covid". At Christmas, as you can imagine, cooking and baking really take centre stage in my house and that is not going to change this year. Sadly, it can also become overwhelming for some, my secret to overwhelm, has always been preparation and simple, quick recipes. So I think you are going to enjoy this one very much, especially if you're not a big lover of mince pies. So here you have it, my "petites frangipane tarts with a chocolate surprise".

Ingredients:

A cupcake tray

A set of pastry cutters including a little star shape  cutter

One block of sweet shortcrust

2 Tbsp of plain flour

240 g ground almonds

4 eggs

240 g of sugar (any type of sugar will work)

240 g butter

One tablet of chocolate (milk, white or dark)

This amount should allow you to make two cupcake trays

Pre-heat your oven to 170° C

Method:

The frangipane mix:

Mix the butter, flour, grounds almonds, sugar and eggs into a paste and set aside.

Take your pastry out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before use. Then, using your pastry cutters, cut out some circles and place them in your tray (you’ll want your circles to be bigger than the cases so there is enough space to fill them).  Prick the bottom of your cases with a fork. Use the leftover bits of pastry to cut some stars. Then, place a square of dark chocolate at the bottom of the cases, and add a teaspoon of frangipane mix on top and place the star on top of your frangipane.

Place your tray in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown on top. Eat warm or cold, once cool pop them in an airtight container, they will last for a good week. You can also freeze them.

P.S. for more Chritmassy recipes head over here. If you enjoy pastry, how about booking yourself onto one of my pastry workshops.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x