Desserts and cookies | Finger food

French Madeleines

By on December 30, 2014

French Madeleines? Say no more.  It’s French so it’s good, right?  Well, I’m might be biased. But I made it so it’s good!  How about that? And I’m French! Hehe, and quite modest, I may add.

French Madeleines

Although I have been living in Canada for 8 years, I still ask my parents to bring me several French products.  The very first years, the list was long and their suitcases heavy, it was anything from food to my favorite product to remove my make up or a deodorant.  Now, the list is way shorter and revolves mostly around food.

Don’t you love having something that comes from home?  I know that there are things I can find here, but it’s just not the same.  When you are an expat, products from your home country are always ”better”, just because.

French Madeleines

As you might have understood, madeleines were a good that used to be personally imported.  Special request for my breakfast.  In France, it’s also sold in a ”finger” shape, oh-my-god, the perfect shape for dunking!  That’s a little pleasure of life that warms up my heart and makes me feel like I am having a coffee in my Dad’s house with him and my not-so-little-anymore brother.  Yeah, because he is like taller than me and quite stronger too.  Still has been somehow, even though he is 13 years younger than me!

French Madeleines

About those madeleines…  Where shall I start from?  The perfect buttery taste that warms up your mouth?  Or the simplicity of the recipe?  Really, have some butter out of the fridge for an hour or so, so it’s easy to work with.

I got this recipe from my mom, she did it at school (she works in a school) and I have to give the credit to Bénédicte for the recipe that I have adapted.  I reduced the butter and the sugar a little.  Also, I choose to flavor it with some vanilla extract.

Easy and quick?  Yes m’dame!  Just a bowl and elbow grease, although you can use your electric hand mixer but don’t be lazy, it’s fast enough that you won’t need it.  Make sure your oven is preheated while your prepare the madeleines mix and there you have it.  Perfect French Madeleines!

French Madeleines

See, Little Princess had enough of my talking to convince you there are super tasty, she just grabbed it while I was taking a picture.  She is a 2-year-old-opportunist like that! 🙂

What is your little weakness that reminds you of home? Even if home is around the corner.

French Madeleines

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Serving Size: 18 madeleines

Ingredients

  • - 1 cup of soft butter
  • - 3/4 of a cup of sugar
  • - 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • - 2 eggs, medium size
  • - 1 cup of flour

Instructions

  1. - Preheat the oven at 405F.
  2. - In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar until it looks like a creamy spread. Add the vanilla, mix some more.
  3. - Incorporate one egg and then the other. Mix well.
  4. - Sift the flour and mix until there are no lumps.
  5. - Put one tablespoon of the mixture in each madeleine mold and place in the oven at 405F for 9 minutes or until slightly golden.
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Salted caramel Tarte Tatin

By on September 22, 2014

I know, just with the title and you’re drooling already.  It’s okay, it’s not embarrassing, it happens when it sounds that good.  I mean, who can resist the perfect flaky crust?  The juicy fall apples cooked in a salted caramel butter?  NO ONE obviously!

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Of course, Fall is around the corner and bloggers are sharing their best pumpkin Latte or an apple recipe.  Groceries stores are no different and are pushing to buy pumpkins, squashes or apples.

In an effort to cooperate with the rest of North America, I’ll give you an A-MA-ZING recipe.  You asked for it.  Of course, being French ”cocorico”, I’ll give you this French Tarte Tatin that will blow your mind!

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By on September 12, 2014

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I would share the bread and I have, it was a success.   I made some more.  But the jam…. No no, not negotiable.  It is gold and strategically portion until the next French visits and can get some more for me from my mom.

Braided bread or brioche

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10 easy fancy French recipes

By on August 4, 2014

There are some simple recipes that tend to impress and please a crowd.   And my friends, those ones, you keep them listed somewhere because if easy = happy guests, you have a great formula!

Now, I have another formula for you: easy (that element we keep) + French + fancy = great food and amazed guests!  How about that ?  A keeper, isn’t it?
I compile 10 for you.  You are welcome 🙂

10 easy fancy french recipes

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A monday morning secret: Chocolate Vanilla marble cake

By on July 21, 2014

Monday mornings can be tough!  So how about something sweet – but not too much – to go with your coffee or tea?  So this recipe of a vanilla-chocolate breakfast cake will bring you some love to start the day!

It is moist and chocolatey but… oops, some vanilla there!  Great sensations in a bite!  You might want another piece if you are a dunker, you will love it!

Chocolate vanilla marble cake

Breakfast, snack, dessert, you pick.  Even the day of the week, Monday is a suggestion to get the week rolling.  I do need some incentive to get through the week sometimes.

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