Monday, December 1, 2014

Just Life| Delicious Christmas Present

Christmas is the time of the year that I go broke trying to buy presents for everyone.

But, Christmas presents don't have to be pricey, they just have to come from the heart. 


I remember one year, I bought some baskets from The Dollar Tree and filled them with persimmons and lemons from our backyard and gave them to our neighbors. They really liked it and it wasn't costly either.

This year, I am planning to bake a big batch of orange Madeleines for my friends and co-workers. That is the only thing that I can bake with my eyes closed. 

These little French cakes taste really good.

A couple of years ago, I bought these Madeleine baking pans and this simple recipe came with it. So, I am going to share it with you. 

Madeleine anyone?

Orange Madeleine recipe {taken from the Chicago Metallic pan cover}:

  • 2/3 Cup flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon orange extract  
  • 1/2 Teaspoon shredded orange peel
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • Preheat oven to 350. Butter your pans.  
  • Sift together the flour and the baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside
  • In another bowl, beat the eggs, orange extract and orange peel for 5 minutes. 
  • Gradually add powdered sugar to this mix until it becomes thick.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture.
  • Add the melted butter to this mix.
  • Spoon the mixture in the Madeleine molds filling 3/4 of the mold.
  • Bake for 8 minutes until the edges are a bit golden brown.

 You can check out these library books for to give you inspiration:

Christmas gifts from the kitchen 

The Christmas cookie book 

The Beekman 1802 heirloom dessert cookbook

Paris sweets : great desserts from the city's best pastry shops 

The pie and pastry bible

Dessert university

Happy Baking!

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

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