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  1. Paris Weekend

    May 26, 2015 by sarah

    We have just got back from a lovely long weekend in Paris. The weather was beautiful all weekend, the food was exquisite and we enjoyed walking around, soaking up the atmosphere. A very beautiful and relaxed city. Plenty more to see next time we go; we didn’t even get in the Louvre as the queue was too long!


    Jim and I outside Notre Dame


    Bridge with padlocks of love


    Macrons in the window of Laduree


    Having macarons and tea in Laduree


    Eiffel tower


    Patisserie take away, eaten the Luxemberg gardens – 2000 filles


    Patisserie take away, eaten the Luxemberg gardens – pistachio and wild strawberries


    Beer for lunch


    Notre dame at night


    Paris at night


    A famous patisserie shop.


    Us outside the Moulin Rouge – tourist honeytrap


    My sketch of the Eiffel tower


    We didn’t get to go up the tower – the queues were too long!



  2. Madeleines – a post from Paris

    May 24, 2015 by sarah

    When this post goes live, I will be enjoying a well earned break in little olde Paris! And probably eating these little cakes which are a Parisian specialty. A little something to have with afternoon tea.










    While drooling over guide books for Paris over the past few weeks, I felt inspired to make some madeleines. Just one problem; they require a specialist tin which seems rather wasteful for something to be made once in a while. But while surfing (the net, no water round here), I came across the Lakeland sale and there was the tin I needed, half price. Of course, I had to buy other tins to make it free postage but that really is not a hardship!

    The batter for these cakes does not take long to whip together and it can sit for several hours up to overnight but madeleines MUST be eaten fresh from the oven; they really don’t keep as they dry out quickly. Who needs a greater excuse to eat them up fast? This recipe is a hibrid of Rachel Koo’s from ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’ and David Lebovitz from his website, because as usual I couldn’t decide which recipe to follow. For this first attempt, I went with simple vanilla madeleines but next time I will try being more adventurous by adding fillings and glazes.

    Apparently the way to tell a good madeleine is the size of the hump. There seems to be all sorts of magic and witchcraft (freezing the molds, freezing the mixture, no baking powder) involved in getting it to form, but forget all that and just enjoy them for what they are; a nice lump of cake!

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    Makes 20-24 (so two trays worth)

    3 large eggs
    130g caster sugar
    175g plain flour
    1/8th teaspoon fine salt
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    finely grated zest of 1 lemon

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    170g butter, melted and cooled
    some milk
    extra melted butter and flour for the molds

    Prepare the molds by brushing with melted butter , dust with flour and tap off the excess. Place into the fridge or freezer.

    Beat the eggs and sugar until light and moussy. Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and fold in with the lemon zest.Drizzle the cooled melted butter over this, folding it in as you go until it is all incorporated. Cover the bowl and sit in the fridge for at least an hour up to 12 hours.

    When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 200 ºC/ 190 ºC fan. Plop a heaped teaspoon of batter into each indentation; do not spread it out. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just set. Turn out to cool on a wire rack. Wash and dry the tin and pop it in the freezer for as long as you can bare, then repeat with the second batch. Eat as soon as possible!