Honey & Lemon Madeleines Autumn Tea

We love our afternoons with a nice cup of tea and a little buttery treat. These madeleines have a slight twist on the original recipe with the addition of honey and lemon. The tartness of the lemon is a wonderful combination with a warm cup of homemade tea. 

In our kitchen we have a huge basket of different types of tea and Helena asked me how tea is made. We put some ideas together of our favourite teas and thought about the tastes of autumn and how we could incorporate them into a tea. Together we came up with this recipe with cinnamon, star anise, ginger and apple. Mixed in with black gunpowder tea with thought it was delicious. We’d love for you to share your tea recipe ideas too!  

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Ingredients for the madeleines :

  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g organic self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • Juice of one lemon
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy

Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and allow to cool. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and honey until frothy. Add the melted butter and carefully mix through.

Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the mixture and add the flour to the egg and sugar mixture. Whisk until combined.

Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy

At this point you can leave the mixture to rest for about an hour covering it with a cloth.

Grease and flour your tin and add the batter to each mould. Bake for 15 minutes until the batter has risen and the tops are golden. Cool before serving with hot autumn tea.

Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy

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For the Autumn Tea (two bags):

  • Cox apple
  • Ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of black gun powder tea
  • Natural drawstring paper tea bags (We like to use these paper bags) 
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy
Crédit photo : Vanessa Gerbrandy

Take one of the paper tea bags and add 1/2 teaspoon of the gunpowder tea together with half of the star anise, ground cinnamon and half of the piece of ginger. Tie the drawstring bag and place in a tea cup. Pour boiling water over and leave to brew for 4 minutes or longer if you like it stronger. Add pieces of the apple (enough as desired) and enjoy on a quiet autumn day.

Bon Appetit!!

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Sweet Cabane will take a little break and will come back next Thursday with a post about a French brand for babies and the interview of its designer.

Have a very good week-end,

Vanessa.

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