Sunday, March 29, 2020

Homemade French Madeleine Seashells

Hello everyone!
Happy International Mermaid Day!
I have loved mermaids since I was a little girl so, I like to do a little something to celebrate each year.
This year we made traditional french madeleines and dressed them up to represent seashells.

You will need:
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Softened
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons of Fresh Lemon Zest
1 Cup of Flour
1 and 1/4 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/4 A Teaspoon of Salt
3 Eggs
3/4 A Cup of Sugar

In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Once the butter is melted, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the solids sink to the bottom of the pan and turn golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl.
Stir the vanilla and lemon zest into the butter.
Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
Set aside. 
In a large bowl, beat the eggs while gradually adding the sugar.
Continue to whip until the mixture is thick and pale in color, about 3-4 minutes.
Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture in three additions until just combined.
Fold in the butter mixture. 
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, we let ours sit overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375o.
Generously brush the molds of a madeleine pan with butter and lightly dust with flour. 
Using a medium cookie scoop, spoon level scoops of batter into the center of each mold.
You do not need to spread the batter.

Bake for 12 minutes or until the centers have risen and are golden brown.
Cool in the pan placed on a cooling rack for 2 minutes.
Gently loosen from the pan. 
The shape of the madeleines are perfect on their own to represent seashells but, we wanted to dress them up a bit. 
We used edible pearl dust and spread it over the tops of the madeleines to add some shimmer.

On other madeleines, we dipped the tops or bottoms into melted white chocolate and added some sprinkles in blue, gold, and white.


I LOVE how these turned out!
The sparkly sprinkles on top of the madeleines really gave it that mermaid feel.
They are simple to make but, a tad time consuming since the batter needs to set in the fridge.
Hurry and whip up the batter now and pop them into the oven tonight right before you watch your mermaid themed movie. 
I will be whipping these up on a regular basis to bring back all my childhood mermaid loving feels.
How are you spending your International Mermaid Day?

All my love,

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