WINTER MADELEINES

16 November 2014

winter madeleines
Sometimes I feel like my house is filled with a never ending supply of food and food related stuff. That doesn’t sound too bad but trust me it’s not great either. So I’m trying to use up my little stock of ingredients whilst coming up with yummy recipes that’ll get the job done. These madeleines are chuck full of warm winter flavors: cinnamon, cloves, anise, ginger, nutmeg and many more. Sound familiar? Yes, I’m talking speculaas flavored madeleines!
For the non-dutchies, speculaas is a typical dutch cookie chuck full of spices and has a very caramelized taste to it. Pumpkin pie spice mix is closest to speculaas spice mix in flavor.

Now there are all kinds of difficult recipes online which require you to melt and cool your butter, refrigerate your batter and mold and god knows what. I’m sure those methods have proven to be quite effective but I’m more of a simple method type of girl. So this is my easy madeleine recipe to pop in the oven and in your mouth. Eat them oven warm and with some fresh whipped cream to dip in…

Ingredients (makes about 12 madeleines)
50 g butter
75 g sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
30 ml milk
120 g flour
5 g baking powder
1-2 tsp *speculaas mix

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Butter up madeleine pan and dust with flour. Tap off any excess flour.
Sieve together flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.

Cream butter with sugar and vanilla until nice and creamy.
Add in eggs, then milk and mix until completely absorbed.
Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
Spoon in the mixture into the madeleine molds. Fill them about 2/3-3/4 full.
Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove pan from oven and leave to cool for about 5 minutes.
Then carefully unmold madeleines and start eating!
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*In winter you can find speculaas mix in just about any super, but I made my own blend by mixing:
10 g cinnamon
2,5 g nutmeg
1,25 g cloves
1,25 g cardemom
1,25 g white pepper
1,25 g coriander
1,25 g ginger
1,25 g star anise

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