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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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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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A family affair: the cousin of the crème brûlée, la crème aux oeufs

By on February 23, 2014

This recipe, la crème aux oeufs or custard or pudding,  is in fact a recipe affair because it is my Maman’s!  What a success that recipe has in the house!  I really like that recipe compared to the crème brûlée because you are using the entire eggs not just the yolks.   Also, I always have milk for sure in the fridge, the heavy cream not all the time.  Crème brûlée is still my favorite though.

The consistency is still creamy but less richer and heavy.  It makes the perfect not-too-sweet dessert for all ages of the family.  Oh and did I mention how easy and quick it is?

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Little vanilla shortbread balls

By on January 19, 2014

On Friday, I saw on the internet a funny card saying “Wohoo it’s Friday! Oh wait… I’m a mother”.  I really made smile and realise how true it is.  As much as I love my kids and spending time with them, weekends are definitely not the same restful weekends we used to have before parenthood.  With 2 kids of 1 and 3, weekends are made of endless laundry, folding clothing, cleaning, groceries…  And each monday, with a teacher from the day care, we joke how my weekend is actually starting the monday morning in my office with my coffee!

But you know what?  I would not trade my life for anything,  This is all worth it and as for the tiredness, add a little sweetness with those vanilla shortbread balls!

So buttery and nutty in your mouth, you can NOT eat just one!

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Trilingual life and here is a Cuban flan recipe!

By on January 8, 2014

At home, we speak 3 languages!  I am French, my husband was born in Cuba, and we have 2 wonderful little Canadians.  Since passing along our cultures and languages is important, we use the 3 languages on a daily basis.  The kids, specially Mini-Superman, get confused for now, but later they will rock the world!

For my first recipe, I will share a simple recipe, a Flan, a Cuban Flan.  We love it because it does not require a lot of preparation and it does not have a season.  And actually, in winter, when the nice fruit are unavailable, it is perfect.

One thing I must admit… It is not the best looking dessert, but it is still tasty nonetheless.

Cuban Flan (2)

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