It's been a long time I haven't sent any entries for foodie events. Time just flies and the next thing I know, the day has just finished. I am trying this time to send you these little biscuits for High End Treats, as a theme of Monthly Mingle food event, pioneered by Meeta of What's For Lunch, Honey. This month, my dear friend, Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen is hosting.
I have never baked madeleines and this is my first. I chose Donna's Vanilla and Rosewater Madeleines as they look so simple to make and bake. These madeleines are iced with rosewater icing. I prefer to ice these little biscuits with lemon/lime/orange icing rather than rosewater. However, to taste the combination of vanilla and rosewater, I had to bake as instructed.
I like the lightness of these biscuits. The flavour of vanilla is really mild and it is such a pleasant fragrant in a texture of little cakes. However, rosewater is quite overwhelming to combine with vanilla, and if it's used a few more drops, its fragrance will take over. I may be not too familiar with this kind of scent in baking, but it's quite nice to flavour it, for a change.
When I made batch of madelienes the second time, I use vanilla biscuits, flavoured with orange zest and iced with orange icing. Taste much more familiar, really, not too-good-to-be-true-kind-of. They are also really good match with green tea with mint and slices of lime. High end treats, to be true.
Vanilla and Rosewater Madeleines
Source: Donna Hay Magazine, Spring, Issue 41. Oct/Nov 2008. Page 82.
75g caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
75g plain flour (sifted with) 1 tsp baking powder
80g butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease madeleine tin. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla, whisk to combine. Fold in sifted flour and baking powder, mix well. Add the melted butter, mix well. Spoon or pour the batter into a 12-hole madeleine tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cooked. Cool on a wire rack.
320g icing sugar
80ml boiling water
1/2 tsp rosewater
Put all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Spoon the icing over the madeleines. Leave to set.
Have a great afternoon tea, everyone!