Honey & Lavender Madeleines

At the end of last year I tied up some of our lavender, covered in tissue paper, and hung in the shed to see if it would dry out. I checked last weekend and it has! So of course now I need to bake something with it…  My first thought was shortbread, but I’ve been making that a lot, so I’m going for madeleines instead.

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The Flavor Bible says honey works well with lavender, so I’m going to start with the French madeleine recipe I used originally, and up the honey and add a tsp of lavender, crushed up to release the flavour.

  • 100g butter
  • 1 tsp lavender, crushed up
  • 30ml milk
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs

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Melt the butter on the hob, stir in the lavender, then leave to cool. Add in the milk & honey. Mix the flour & baking powder.Whisk the eggs and sugar until they go pale and frothy. Mix in the butter mixture. Fold in the flour in two batches. Chill in the fridge overnight.

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In the morning I’ll set the oven to 170C fan, spray the madeleine plan with oil, then shake flour over, spoon out the mixture.

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Bake for 10 minutes, check with toothpick. Bemoan uneven oven… put back in for an extra minute. Then leave to cool for five long minutes.

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Gently loosen with a spoon (because it’s blunt… it’ll hurt more be less likely to rip the underside). Bemoan uneven oven again…

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They are lovely and butter and with a good lavender taste without tasting soapy. However despite the extra honey they taste surprisingly savoury.

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