Friday, May 7, 2010

friday feature: the world in your teacup

my talented friend annette asked me if i would like to be a part of this clever book last year.

the book travels the world and offers delicious recipes from each destination. i was lucky enough to travel to france. ok, no i didn't really go to france literally. let's pretend! the author lisa boalt richardson is a lovely and super knoweledgable tea lady. she generously sent over a recipe for madeleines for me to share with you!

Orange Madeleines taken from the world in your teacup

These small shell-shaped sponge cakes are perfect for teatime. You will need a madeleine pan, which can be purchased at any kitchen store, to bake them.

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt,
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sugar
4 teaspoon orange zest
3/4 cup salted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons butter, melted (to grease the molds)
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush madeleine pan with melted butter. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, beat the eggs light yellow. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add the sugar. Continue beating until the volume has increased to about 4 times the original size. Gently fold in the orange zest and then the flour mixture. Stir in the melted and cooled butter. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each shell, filling the mold about 3/4 of the way full. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Remove madeleines from the mold and place on a cooking sheet. Dust powdered sugar over the tops. Makes about 3 dozen.

all photos taken by photographer extraordinaire, lauren rubenstein.

i'll leave you with this behind the scenes shot:

natalie, lauren, annette, me, and matilda

see more here.

wouldn't this make a perfect mother's day gift?

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Paula Kathlyn said...

You have such wonderful style! What a cute book and photoshoot :)

hiking in stilettos said...

These sound & look delicious. And you are so pretty, Les. Frenchieness looks great on you!

Annette said...

thanks cookie! this is such a cool post, and yes it would make a great Mom's Day gift, it was a pleasure having you that day, a highlight actually!xo

the southern hostess said...

What a gorgeous picture and fantastic book!

Lindsay Széchenyi said...

That picture of you with the teacup is BEAU-TI-FUL. Pretty pretty pretty!!!

LisaKnowsTea said...

Thanks so much for including The World in Your Teacup in your blog today. It was an honor to have you in the book. You look so beautiful and oh so French!

Caroline said...

Oh I love these photos and this recipe!!! Great post!!! xo

Claire Kiefer said...

you look so pretty! :)

lindsey said...

les. you look great. and happy.