24 October 2010

Lavender Madeleines with lavender sugar. An International Incident


Lavender.  That is this month's theme for The International Incident Party.  And what stress it caused a few of us attending the virtual party.   Penny from Jeroxie - Addictive and Consuming blog is hosting this monthly blog party.

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I was unsure of how to use lavender in cooking as I've never used it before.  Luckily my mum grows lavender in her yard so I had easy access. Annapet from Moonglow Gardens Blog was very helpful.  She shares on how to dry lavender here on her blog.  It is quick and easy to follow.


Follow her instructions and once the lavender is dry, you can pound it into a powder by using a pestle and mortar.  I tried this but it wasn't fine enough so I ended up my coffee/spice grinder.


To make the lavender sugar, add lavender stems to white sugar.  Gently mill the lavender between your palms to release the oils from the stems.  I planned ahead and was able to make the lavender sugar a few days in advance to let the lavender infuse into the sugar. Store in an air tight container for months as it can be used the infused sugar for many dishes.




2 eggs
2 tbs caster sugar
2 tbs icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup plain flour
75g butter, melted
1 tbs hot water
1 tsp powdered lavender
lavender sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 200deg
2.  Grease two 12 hole madeleine pans with a little butter
3.  Beat eggs, caster sugar, icing sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl with electric mixer until thick and creamy
4.  Sift flours and lavender powder twice and add to the egg mixture.  Combined butter and hot water and pour down the side of the bowl then fold the ingredients together.
5.  Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture into the pan holes.
6.  Bake the madeleines about 10 minutes.  Cool slightly then turn out onto baking paper.
7.  Serve dusted with the lavender sugar.




16 comments:

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

Great tips from both you and Annapet. Will have to try that out myself. I think my lavender tree will be bold very soon... hehehee

/* */ leaf (the indolent cook) said...

I love the sound of lavender madeleines with lavender sugar!

/* */ Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

I have not had a madeleine in so long and I was just looking at the bake pans this week. Yumm, these seem amazing. Oh yeah coffee grinder to the rescue...been there lol

/* */ Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

I have not had a madeleine in so long and I was just looking at the bake pans this week. Yumm, these seem amazing. Oh yeah coffee grinder to the rescue...been there lol

/* */ Honey @ honeyandsoy said...

Yum! Madeleines are one of my favourites, and that lavender sugar looks divine. I've got lavender growing in our backyard, so will definitely make some too!

/* */ Hannah said...

That looks *insanely* delicious. Oh my! I adore lavendar in baked goods, and the crystallised look of these is gorgeous!

/* */ R & H said...

Madeleines! I haven't had them in ages and your take on them sounds divine! I love the lavender sugar touch as well :)

/* */ moonglowgardens said...

Thank you for opening up this opportunity for me to join in the IIP fun. I often geek out on my plants, well...because I am a gardener before I'm a cook.

/* */ Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

This recipe is so dreamy! Love both the lavender madeleines and sugar.

/* */ msihua said...

Oh Lavender sugar... I love it! Looks sooooo English and posh...

/* */ Foodiva said...

These madeleines look really fantastic and I bet they taste wonderful too, with the infusion of all that lavender! I must give this recipe a try.

/* */ Judy @ Foodie Dreams said...

These look so cute! I'm sure the lavender sugar would taste awesome too :)

/* */ Emma @CakeMistress said...

What a great way to incorporate lavender into a dish!

/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

I love madeleines! gorgeous stuff!

/* */ Caroline said...

Cherrie, your madeleines look lovely (though it reminds me of ube but that is a good thing) :) I have lavender sugar in the pantry now, ready to go. Glad I could make it this month.

/* */ Joni Llanora said...

I came across your blog and this recipe looks insanely good. I"ll be reading your previous posts to discover more...

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