I  bought this:

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Then I made these: my version of Madeleines.

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I love baking! When my boys were small, I used to bake for them and their stream of friends and school fairs…Then, when I had a stressful job, baking became my therapy.

Although I enjoy baking, I don’t think I’ll be appearing on the Great British Bakeoff any time soon! As long as my audience – friends and family – eat my cakes and biscuits that’s good enough for me.

I decided to do some research into the origin of madeleines and some sources say madeleines may have been named after a 19th-century pastry cook, Madeleine Paulmier, but other sources have it that Madeleine Paulmier was a cook in the 18th century for Stanisław Leszczyński, whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her. I have no idea…! Marcel Proust, one of the authors I studied as a student, was the number one fan of madeleines, apparently. In his most famous work, In Search of Lost Time (“À la recherche du temps perdu”). Proust remembers dipping a madeleine into a cup of tea, as a child. Apologies for this massive over simplification!

The recipe I used was by Michel Roux Jr and here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/madeleine_15211

There are many variations on the basic madeleine. You can add chocolate, cinnamon …but I’m interested to know if you are a madeleine fan?