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Friday, 4 April 2008

Little Madeleines

Cute Little Madeleines

After my baking challenge with Daring Bakers I found I had a little desiccated coconut left over. Now racking my brains of how to utilise a small amount of coconut then I thought of these cute little Madeleines. Now I know these gorgeous little cakes are baked in dariole moulds but unfortunately I haven’t any, so I had to adapt to baking my sponges in a large muffin tin. Perhaps they aren’t as elegantly tall as they should be and a little larger around the middle but they taste is just as good, says she who consumed the one cut in half in the photo!

You will laugh when I tell you that, I don’t know if the Madeleine’s had more jam and coconut on them or my fingers! Let’s just say, my fingers somehow resembled a hedgehog with bits of jam and spikes of desiccated coconut glued to them *giggle*......

Anyone for a cherry?

The sponge I found was light and airy with flavours from the raspberry conserve and coconut giving such delightful sweetness. I found it reminiscent of glorious past times when I would hurry home from school to see what mother had baked, eagerly eating without taking time to catch my breath, not wanting the pleasure of taste to ever end.

Now who's eaten the cherry?

Little Madeleines

Serves 8

100g (4oz) softened butter
100g (4oz) caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100g (4oz) self-raising flour
175g (6 oz) Raspberry seedless jam
50g (2 oz) desiccated coconut
8 glace cherries

I used a 12 hole deep muffin tin - well buttered, if you use dariole moulds it may make more or less.


Preheat the oven 190°C/fan 170°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and keep beating until the mixture is creamed well and light and fluffy. Add a little of the beaten egg at a time until all combined into the mixture. Gently fold the flour in with a large metal spoon until there are no traces of flour and all combined. Place the mixture equally into the prepared muffin tin using 8 of the muffin holes. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. When they are fully cold using a segregated knife cut the tops of each cake to form a flat base.

In a saucepan add the raspberry jam and water and on a low heat on the stove bring to a smooth consistency and take off the heat. Place the desiccated coconut on a plate in an even layer. Dip the sponges top and sides in the warm jam and the roll in the coconut and stick a glace cherry on top of each little Madeleine.


Claire said...

ooohhhh rosie, they look great :D

my gran used to make these when I was little so they feel very retro to me, but something that has been at the back of my mind to make one of these days.

Maria♥ said...

Rosie these Madeleines are so cute and what a great idea to bake them in muffin tins if you don't have those Dariole Moulds. These remind me of my childhood too ;o)


Rosie said...

Hi Claire, retro is the word for these little Madeleines , but they did taste just as good now to eat from my fond memories of them as a child. One you must bake soon :D

Hi Maria, awe retro is back here and doesn’t food evoke memories!?! They seemed to work fine using large muffin tins.

Erm, I must put dariole moulds on my list to buy, I wonder if T K Max have any in at a good price ;D

Thank you both for your kind comments so lovely to *see* you here!

Rosie x

Peter M said...

You have a way with sweets, girl. Do you live just on desserts? lol

Gloria Baker said...

Rosie, this is so beauty!!! and made me hungry!!! so nice. xxxGloria

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Hi Rosie! How lovely they are. So yummy also! I'll defenetly try this recipe but I'm not so good cooking. First time I'm visiting your blog and I'll follow your post with great interest!
Have a nice day!

RecipeGirl said...

These are just darling- I just want to gobble one up right now!

Emily said...

Those are gorgeous! They remind me of those little snack cakes, Snowballs.
Do you know what I'm talking about?

Pixie said...

Ah Rosie, I absolutely LOVE this recipe. They remind me of cakes in NYC (packaged ones lol) so of course yours are miles better. They usually put a bit of white cream in the middle- any suggestions on how that could be done?

Sylvie said...

Mmmhhh, those look so light and moist. Nevermind that they're not baked in the right mold, it's the taste and the smell that really brings back the memories, isn't it?!

MrsB said...

they look so cute and lovely, these would be lovely for a girly party! yum yum x

Chef Jeena said...

Wow Rosie I have missed out on some great recipes here! I've been away for a while only too find myself bookmarking your recipes straight away. :-D

These little Madeleines are gorgeous Rosie. The cake looks so moist and yellow yum! I love your cake for daring bakers and your easter cake and hot cross buns......ooh my stomach is grumbling now I feel so hungry lol.

Keep in touch, Jeena x

Donna said...

How Dainty!! I'm afraid all that coconut would end up all over my face!!LOL...Have a happy weekend!!hughugs

srikars kitchen said...

looks great.... fantastic click....

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Wow - a complete throwback! I haven't had madeleines like this in, ooooh, *cough* years... They look great - and fun!

Chibog in Chief said...

oh rosie these are the cutest madeleines i've ever laid my eyes on..yum are spoiling us :-)

ps, i'll be preparing my pudding challenge tomorrow hope it will be good hehehe

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Some of the best recipes have been around a long retro or not, these look delicious.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Madelines with jam??? Delicious! :)
Have a wonderful day Rosie, Margot

Unknown said...

Those look good. I like the cherry and coconut combo.

violets said...

Hi Rosie

They look so good, I have made any of these for ages, I could eat one with my cup of tea right now.

Vi xx

Maggie said...

I make these from time to time in my dariole moulds. They are fabulous. Some of the old recipes are still the best.

Anonymous said...

Oh Rosie this looks so good!!!! As you probably already know, I love coconut and was jumping up and down when I saw these beautiful madeleines covered in dessicated coconut!
We look forward to the Putting Up event with you and Pixie! This is going to be a double fun event!

Cakelaw said...

Awww, ain't these cute? Thanks for sharing these Rosie.

Rosie said...

Hi peter, lol I wish we lived on sweets alone but alas to much of a good thing and all!! I do cook every day for the family but my passion is baking and I feel so alive stood in my little kitchen making my sweet treats.

Hi Gloria, a blast of Retro here but I adore recipes that have stood the test of time :D

Hi Magnolia weeding Planner, welcome to my blog and lovely to *see* you hear. Oh please do try these out and I’m sure your will be just as yummy if not better!! Wishing you also a nice day :D

Hi Recipegril, here you go passing you one over ;D

Hi Emiline, Oh yes snowballs, I used to love eating them & haven’t had one for ages now :D

Hi Pixie, ooooh white cream in the middle yum ... I would slice the cake in half like a sponge for filling pile on the cream then dip in the jam & coconut – I must try this out myself now, what a great idea :D

Hi Mrs B, do you know they would be perfect for a girl night I agree :D

Hi Jeena, awe bless and lovely to *see* you! Oooh bookmarking now I wonder which recipe you’ll try first *you have me guessing here* ;D

Hi Donna, LOL oh my I did laugh reading your comment, was you spying on me eating one with jammy coconut face and fingers hahahahah hugshugs sweetie... :D

Hi Srikar’s kitchen, awe thanks and also for calling ;D

Hi AFFOspaghetti, they were fun to make and yes such a retro bake, I think I’ll *cough* too with you from when I first tried one of these as a child :D

Hi Dhanggit, awe thanks sweetie – you always make me smile :D

Hi Val, awe thanks they have stood the test of time and I may pull out some more retro bakes very soon :D

Hi Margot, awe thanks sweetie and wishing you have a great day too :D

Hi Kevin, an old recipe but they still taste as good today as when I was a youngster :D

Hi Vi, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here! Here you go passing you one over with a lovely cup of tea :D

Hi M, I agree about some of the old recipes are the best! I bet yours would be lovely and tall made in dariole moulds, I must invest in some moulds :D

Hi W on R couple, I made them Just for you knowing how much you love coconut :D

Yes I am very excited with the ‘Putting Up’ Preserve event with dear Pixie & feel very flattered Pixie asked me to join her ;D

Hi cakelaw, Awe thanks and my pleasure to share this recipe :D

Many, many thanks for all your very kind comments and as always it’s SO lovely to *see* you here!!

Rosie x

Kelly-Jane said...

I could just go for one of these right now, love the idea of using a muffin tin, I like the shape a lot =)

Rosie said...

Hi K J, here you go passing one over your way :D

I thought they may have stuck in the muffin tin but they came out with great easy - thank goodness!!

Best wishes Rosie x

Anonymous said...

I never realised you were a fellow blogger Rosie, I'll add you to my blog roll.

They look so good Rosie, I hate glace cherries with a passion though so would probably top with a little jarred cherry in syrup.

George xx

Rosie said...

Hi George, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here :)

Hey thanks for the add on your blog and I will do the same and add yours here :)

Oh yes yum cherries from a jar would be so perfect. I am getting great ideas here from all my blogging friends - thanks :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Brilynn said...

Those look absolutely wonderful!

Rosie said...

Thanks Brilynn and lovely as always to *see* you here :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Dhivya said...

wow!this one looks so tempting girl:))am drooling here

Rosie said...

Thanks Dhivya & have to say they did taste good :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Uma said...

those Madeleines look heavenly, Rosie! Can I have one? Wonderful creation.

Cakespy said...

Incredibly sweet! They call to mind Hostess Sno-balls (a US treat that looks better than it tastes!), and they sound like they would taste terrific! And could there be a happier looking little cake!?

Rosie said...

Hi Uma, awe thanks and passing one over to you now, hope you caught it? :D

Hi cakespy, Sno-balls it’s great always to learn what other Countries call the same cake. They are sweet from the jam and desiccated coconut but so good.

Thanks for calling by ladies and great to *see* you here and also for your kind comments !

Rosie x

Ruth Strong said...

These are so cute!!!! Reminds me of when I stole the cherries off buns and cakes before anyone had a chance!

The Caked Crusader said...

Sponge, jam and coconut - it's what shall be waiting for me in heaven!!!
Yum, yum, yum

Rosie said...

Hi Ruth, Oh I did smile reading of you stealing cherries off buns, it brought back a few memories for me too!!! Had I got the first chance to let’s say 'borrow' a cherry I would always be caught red handed! :D

Hi T C Crusader, You can have one now sweetie passing it over , got it?

Many thanks ladies for you lovely comments and really great to *see* you here!

Rosie x

Lore said...

Confession time: Rosie it was me, I ate that luscious little cherry on top, but can you blame me? ;)

Rosie said...

Hi Lore, lol I thought I heard someone sneek in my kitchen to pick off that cherry :D

Awe thanks for the *giggle* and lovely to *see* you :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Unknown said...

Hi Rosie,I prepare lammigtons using choclate to coat but actually jam looks more enticing and colourful.
looks gorgeous.!!!!!

Rosie said...

Hi Pearls of Feast, welcome and lovely to *see* you here! :)
I was only thinking when I made these cakes that they seem much like lammigtons now chocolate to me sounds a wonderful idea to use mmmmm :D

Best wishes Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Yes these little treats are quite delicious . You might be interested to know that the recipe is of Italian origin , in which case they were called in Italian Capezzoli di Venere ( nipples of Venus ).

Kitty x

Johanna GGG said...

these remind me of the little cakes my mum made dipped in soft jelly (jello in the states) which I loved as a child. If you still have coconut you could also think about making lamingtons which I think of when I think of jelly cakes!

Rosie said...

Hi Johanna, lovely to *see* you :) You are so right lamingtons would be lovely - I must bake these very soon and try them out :)

Best wishes Rosie x