Lavender Madeleines

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Ingredients:

200 g Flour

6g Baking Powder

245g Eggs

230g Sugar

2 tbsp. Lavender flowers

200g Unsalted butter, melted and cooled

10 g Honey

 

Instructions:

  1. Sift together flour and baking powder.
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar (stand mixer is ok on medium speed) approximately 5 minutes until thick and “ribbon” consistency.
  3. Add Lavender flowers and mix delicately.
  4. Slowly incorporate sifted flour into egg/sugar mixture just until smooth. Do not over mix. Slowly incorporate melted butter and honey.
  5. Chill batter 30 minutes to 3 hours. Cold batter going into a hot oven creates a thermal shock that develops the signature “bump”.
  6. While batter is chilling, butter Madeleine molds using softened (not melted) butter. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Fill prepared molds ¾ full with batter using a pastry bag. Place in oven and bake 10-12 minutes until puffed and golden brown.
  8. As soon as they are removed from the oven, flip over and unmold onto wire racks to cool.
  9. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar if desired. Store Madeleines in an air-tight container.

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I’m not much of a “Granola” girl but I do love this recipe, which I call “Quatre Coins Granola” because I use ingredients from my four favorite regions in the World; New England, Provence, Pacific Islands and La Réunion in the Indian Ocean. More about vanilla from the Réunion Island later. Follow my blog!

Ingredients:
2 cups sliced, raw almonds
2 cups unsweetened coconut chips or flakes
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup flax seeds ( optional )
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup organic, unrefined coconut oil
1/3 cup lavender honey
Vanilla bean

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

In a large bowl, combine all nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices.

Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds, saving the bean.

In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil and lavender honey with…

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