It is said that madeleines, small cockleshell-shaped sponge cakes, were invented in the last century by
That instant, ‘...the old grey house upon the street, where her room was, rose up like a stage set to attach itself to the little pavilion opening on to the garden which had been built out behind it for my parents’.
Clearly a ‘Desert Island’ dish for
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Sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder. In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar until light and frothy, then add the orange flower water or grated orange zest. Fold in the flour in three stages. When the last third is almost amalgamated, pour over the melted butter and fold all together as lightly as possible. A heavy hand at this stage will deliver chewy madeleines. Refrigerate this batter for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 230°C/450°F/ gas 8. Butter and flour the moulds, then fill two-thirds full with batter. Bake for 5 minutes, turn down the oven to 200°C/ 400°F/gas 6 and bake 5–7 minutes more, until golden brown.
Turn out on a wire rack to cool.
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