If you’re looking to please your partner this valentines day, these Strawberry Madeleines can only help. Serve this to your loved one and make em blush.
Madeleines may look super posh and fancy, but honestly, it’s just the shape of them that makes them appear that way. They’re actually very easy to make, all you need is a Madeleine tray. HOWEVER! If you don’t have one, that’s ok, I am also going to show you how to cook the batter in mini muffin moulds and small ramekins.
How to not screw up a Madeleine
First off, dust and grease the Madeleine tray really nicely. Remember, we are making these for Valentine’s day, so they must be nice and pretty (he says as all his masculinity gets flushed down the drain). If the Madeleines stick, they may break.
After you grease the moulds, dust them with flour, and make sure you shake off any excess. Otherwise, your significant other may just swallow a nice big piece of raw flour, causing them to give you the “ew that was gross, but I will just keep smiling to be polite” look. Not the best thing for a romantic night now is it?
Don’t be shy when it comes to filling the Madeleine moulds as well. Fill them all the way up to the top, that’s how you achieve a sexy Madeleine. Since the batter is a little runny, I found that the most effective way to fill the moulds was by using a jug, or pourable measuring glass.
But I don’t have a Madeleine tray!
Well, too bad…..just kidding ;). I did a bit of experimentation and found that small ramekins and mini muffin trays work beautifully when cooking the batter. The process is the same, grease and dust the moulds. Then, when it comes to filling the moulds, I like to fill the ramekins a little less than half way, and I like to almost fill the mini muffin moulds to the top but not quite. This led to a wonderful result.
And voila!!! There you have it, that’s how easy it is if you want an alternative Madeleine mould. They still look wonderful, and of course, they taste exactly the same.
How to make Madeleines extra special
Strawberry and chocolate go very well together right? Well, why not make a chocolate dipping sauce to go with these Madeleines. This will without a doubt make the recipe extra special. And if your thinking to yourself “but it’s extra work!”, just read on and you’ll understand just how quick and easy chocolate sauce is to make.
To make the chocolate sauce, you just scald 150ml of cream (which means almost bring to a boil but not quite) in a pot. Take the pot off the heat, then add 150g of broken up chocolate and a good tablespoon of cocoa powder. Whisk the mixture until the chocolate is melted and all the ingredients are well combined.
Told you it was easy. Just heat the chocolate sauce up again before you serve, and happy days.
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Valentines Strawberry Madeleine
These strawberry madeleines are a beautiful dainty valentines day treat.
- 125 g of plain flour
- A bit of extra flour for flouring your Madeline moulds
- 140 g of unsalted butter
- 125 g of caster sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 125 g of strawberries half of them diced nice and small
- Pink food coloring optional
- Icing sugar for dusting at the end
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Once melted, turn the heat off and leave to cool.
- Place the other half of your strawberries that you haven't diced in a blender and blend until you get a puree.
- Grease the Madeline moulds with butter, then use the extra flour to lightly flour the moulds and then shake and tap off the excess.
- In a large bowl, beat your eggs and sugar until the mixture has gone pale and smooth (you can use an electric mixer if you have one). Sift in the flour and baking powder, add your vanilla extract then mix through with a wooden spoon or spatula. Finally, add the chopped and pureed strawberries, and then if you want, you can add just a drop of pink food colouring to elevate that pink colour, then mix through.
- Slowly start adding the melted butter a bit at a time mixing through on each occasion until all of the butter is incorporated.
- Carefully fill the Madeline moulds to the top and bake in the oven for about 15-18 minutes until cooked through. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR!
- Gently remove the Madeleines from the moulds a let them cool for a few minutes. Sift some icing sugar over the top before serving them to your valentine.
- Don't overfill the moulds.
- Grease and dust the moulds well.
- If you don't have a Madeleine tray, you could also use a mini muffin tray or a small ramekin.
- Make chocolate dipping sauce to make these Madeleines extra special.