Lemon raspberry madeleines

25 April 2016

Introducing you to my latest baking obsession: madeleines. Classic recipes for these delightful French sponge cakes usually include a little bit of lemon zest and for this more lemony variation I used the zest of a whole lemon in addition to a handful of raspberries as I think those flavors really compliment each other. Aside from the extras, this is a pretty simple batter. All you really need is a madeleine pan to get that characteristic shell shape and you're ready to get baking!

Preparing the batter:
1. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and foamy.
2. Add the flour, vanilla sugar and baking powder and mix until smooth.
3. Melt the butter and add it to the mixture.
4. Add a tablespoon of honey and the zest of one lemon.
5. Cut up the raspberries and add them to the mixture.
6. Leave the batter in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Baking the madeleines:
1. While the batter is refrigerating, butter and flour your madeleine pan.
2. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
3. Fill each well in the pan with one tablespoon of batter.
4. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and a little puffed up in the middle.
5. Allow the madeleines to cool on a wire rack and dust them with powdered sugar.
6. You'll get 24 madeleines from this recipe so you can either bake one batch and then refill the pan (don't forget to rebutter it as well!) or you can bake them all together if you have two pans.

Once baked (and cooled!), these darlings will last for about a week in an airtight container. So you can easily bake your madeleines ahead to enjoy them at a spring picnic or simply at teatime!

Have you made madeleines before?
Do share your experiences or tips below!

Hey there, honeybee

12 April 2016

So, this weekend I unintentionally dressed like a honeybee! I love combining a pinafore dress with a striped top and since it's still no 'bare-legs-weather' I added some colored tights to make it a bit more quirky. Colorful or textured tights are one of my favorite ways to make a look more interesting.

Still I'm looking forward to leaving tights behind and despite the temperatures, spring is totally happening right now. How beautiful is this row of blossoming trees? I'm honestly so happy winter is over, I've been feeling much more inspired and energized lately. It's funny what a little bit of sunshine and tulips in people's front yards can do!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Top: H&M - Dress: Boohoo - Bag: Primark