22 October 2012

Sweets

The rain in finally here. Soggy leaves line my driveway. It has brought about a much desired change in the weather. I woke up to the crisp breeze flowing through the window I should have closed. My closet in now packed with all my winter coats I had left at my parents house in the summer. My sandals are now thrown to the back of the closet and shearling lined boots are beside my bed. 
I hope the weather says this way for a while. I want the cold to continue. 

So I made these desserts of course a bit ago, I'm always rather late to post anything. 
I first tried elderflower in the form of a soda found at Berkeley Bowl. The bottle and packaging was so pretty, I was immediately drawn to it. I knew I had to buy it. I loved it. Reminded me somewhat of a grapefruit but more floral and subtle. 
So after looking it up online and then never finding it again in a store around me, I ordered a bunch online. I mean a lot, bottles of soda and the cordial syrup which is more like a concentrate to dilute down into drinks and such. But I  wanted to use it more for baking. 

An elderflower cake was in store. Because cakes are great and also pretty simple to make. I really liked it. Soft, moist with that hint of elderflower that lingers.

Then I finally made some madeleines that came out. I had tried with different recipes before but they all just came out somehow wrong. After finding the blog, Manger, and looking through every post, I decided to try her recipe. Finally one that works! Plus have you seen that blog? Ridiculously gorgeous. 

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Elderflower Cake                                                  
*will make one 8" round layer, double the recipe for a traditional sized bundt pan

125g butter, softened
200g sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
300g flour
2 tsp baking powder
100ml milk
60ml elderflower cordial 

Cream butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on a stand mixer. Add in eggs one at a time. 
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl. 
Combine milk and elderflower cordial in a separate bowl.
Add in the dry and wet mixes, alternating to the butter/sugar.
Do not over mix.
Butter and flour a 8" round cake pan. Pour batter in. 
Bake in a 350F oven for 20-30 minutes of until golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely. 
For the icing I just whisked some powdered sugar with elderflower cordial until I got a thick but pourable consistency to drizzle on the cake.




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Madeleines                                                                                                                                                   
from Mimi Thorisson's blog Manger

130 g white sugar
20 g honey
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
150 g AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp orange blossom water
125 g butter, melted


Cream sugar, honey, salt & eggs together until very fluffy. 
Sift the flour & baking powder over the mixture. Gently fold in. 
Fold in the melted butter, zest & orange blossom. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. 
Oven 350. Butter & flour a madeleine pan. For a standard size madeleine pan, use 1 tbsp of batter, for mini madeleine pan, use 1 tsp of batter. Make sure you use batter directly from the fridge, keep batter between bakes in the fridge. 
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden. Shake from pan.
*I used a standard size madeleine pan and got about 24 madeleines.




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23 comments:

Ana y Blanca said...

Todo está espectacular con esas fotos tan bonitas. Realmente dan ganas de comer un trocito de pastel, o unas cuantas magdalenas.
Saludos.
JUEGO DE SABORES

Mela e Cannella said...

OMG amazing i really in love with the Elderflower Cake *.*

Martina said...

Oh, I simply love this post. The elderflower cake,the madeleines, it's all so amazing :). Always beatiful coming here, and as usual wonderful pictures ;)

Mike said...

I'll have to look around to find Edelflower essence...in the meantime I will make some of those awesome madeleines: they look ravishing!

thecitygourmand said...

What a spread, the perfect afternoon tea in the making! I love the flavour of elderflower, it would lend itself perfectly in cake!

Susanne said...

I love your bundt pan! where did you buy it if I may ask..warmly Susanne

velvet daisies said...

aaaaw it looks sooo good!!! xx

Michelle K. Martin said...

lovely photos & colors. the cake looks so cute :)

fallen from flavour said...

New to your blog - beautiful photography and good looking food. am quite taken with your elderflower cake, and feel like getting my bake on, as i have some cordial in the cupboard...

blue roses said...

the elderflower cake sounds delicious.... definitely one of my favorite flavor tints for cocktails, so very intrigued to give it a whirl in a baked good format!

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Ana y Blanca said...

It looks so tasty!
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Janice Thi Tran said...

Looks so good!
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Joanna T. said...

They look so tasty and they are cute! ♥

Fataricotta said...

Love your pictures.......
Bye,
Sara

annie said...

I would definitely love to try these recipes. I love elderflower liqueur and now I must find elderflower cordial!

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Liz Brannan said...

This was a beautiful, beautiful post and I LOVED it so much! I'm going to try it and let you know how it goes for me...but if I take a pic it won't look anything like yours ;) Love your photography and the new name!

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i loved it because i m a food lover i try different receipies like Apple pie and blue berry dutch.. they were amazing ...