Welcome to the first of what I hope to be a weekly post on my cooking exploits. Today’s is a speciality of mine: Lavender and Honey Madeleines.

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Last night I had to attend a meeting for one of the Charities I support. The crowd is mostly retirees and older working professionals. The invite specified to bring a plate and I can tell you from experience this is not a peanut butter brownie crowd. These Madeleines are alway a great fall back. They are so simple to make and always a big hit. Hell, Hemingway even wrote about them.

Makes 24

You will need:
100g of Butter
2 tablespoons of Honey
3 Eggs
1/3 of a cup of Caster Sugar
1 tablespoon of Brown Sugar
1/2 a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
100g of Self-Raising Flour
1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of organic Lavender
*Butter and Flour to prepare pan
*Icing Sugar for dusting

* A Madeleine pan is essential.

Method:

1. Melt butter and honey together in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the two ingredients have been incorporated poor into a mixing bowl and leave to to cool for 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 180’C. Grease and flour pan.

2. Add eggs one at a time incorporating with a whisk after each addition.

3. Add sugars and vanilla. Again whisk until incorporated.

4. Add flour bit by bit to avoid lumps. Stir after each edition.

5. Finally add lavender and stir.

6. Spoon in to pan, filling moulds to approximately 2/3 full.

7. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and cool before popping them out.

8. Dust with Icing sugar and eat!

* They will keep in an airtight container for a day or two but they are best fresh.

Enjoy!