Thursday, October 24, 2013

Earl Gray Tea with Honey Madeleines ~ Happy Birthday, Dorie!!

 Earl Gray Tea with Honey Madeleines ~ Happy Birthday, Dorie!
Our French Friday’s group is hosting a celebration today!  It’s a virtual birthday celebration for Dorie Greenspan! We are picking our favorite recipes from any one of Dorie’s cookbooks, and blogging about them today (her birthday)!  Coincidentally, It’s also my son’s birthday!  Happy Birthday, Dennis!!

In order to celebrate in style, French style that is, I chose to make Dorie’s beautiful Earl Gray Tea with Honey Madeleines.  They come from her book “Paris Sweets”.  I always think of Madeleines as a celebratory cake!  Last spring, I got together with a friend to make several batches for her daughters wedding.  So elegant, and very delicious!  Madeleines are traditional small sponge cakes, from the Lorraine region of France, made with a génoise cake batter.  They're baked in special pans/moulds with a distinctive shell shape.  These are one of my favorite little cakes to make, and of course, to eat. 

Dorie’s recipe incorporates steeped Earl Gray tea in the batter.  They were heavenly! 
The faint taste of the tea makes these little cakes more complex in flavor.  You could taste a hint of spice and honey.

The Earl Gray Madeleines on the left

Recently, I had the good fortune to meet and spend some time with Dorie and her husband Michael, at the IFBC Seattle (International Food Bloggers Conference). She was our keynote speaker.  We met at a "get together" the night before the conference, and then again for breakfast in the morning.  She was most generous with her time and, took pictures with all of our French Friday group. She is a smart, funny, and warm person. So, on this very special day, here’s celebrating you Dorie!  Lots of people will be thinking of you today. I just wanted to let you know I’m one of them!  

Just baked

Lovely with a cup of birthday tea!
So, I lift my tea cup to you, Dorie….Happy, Happy Birthday! 

Makes 12

5 tablespoons unsalted butter plus additional for molds, room temperature 
2 tablespoons loose tea or tea from 2 tea bags (preferably Earl Grey) 

3/4 cup all purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon (packed) finely grated lemon peel
Line small sieve with 2 layers of damp cheesecloth and set sieve over small bowl. Melt 5 tablespoons butter in saucepan over low heat. Mix in tea. Let stand 10 minutes, then pour into sieve. Twist cheesecloth tightly around tea mixture, releasing tea-flavored butter into bowl.

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in large bowl until thick, about 4 minutes. Add honey, vanilla, and lemon peel; beat 1 minute longer. Gently fold in dry ingredients, then tea-flavored butter. Press plastic wrap onto surface of batter; chill batter at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F. Brush twelve 3x2-inch madeleine molds with butter. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Place pan on baking sheet. Drop 1 scant tablespoon batter into each mold (batter will spread while baking, filling molds completely).

Bake madeleines until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 10 minutes. Sharply rap pan on work surface to loosen madeleines, then turn out onto rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Dorie and I at the IFBC


  1. Kathy, MERCI! What perfect little birthday cakes. It was so lovely to meet you in Seattle and I'm happy to know that Dennis and I share birth dates. I hope he has the best birthday. With you as his mom, I know he'll have a sweet birthday - xoDorie

  2. I love the early grey madelines. One of my favorites from BFMHYT!

  3. I love this récipe these early grey madelines look amazing!! and Happy Birthday to Doris, she is amazing!!

  4. Excellent choice- I had a big smile when I saw your cover shot hit Facebook !! You did these beautifully and have inspired me to get my madelines pans out as it has been FAR TOO LONG. Especially since Earl Grey tea is my hands down favorite. Lovely post and happy birthday to your son as well !!

  5. Thank you for publishing this recipe, Kathy, as I don't have it. I DO have a madeleine pan but it's never seen the light of day - meaning, 'Mary is not a Madeleine-Maker'. I would like to try because I agree with you that it's really a celebratory cookie/little cake. A lovely Post. Happy Birthday to Dennis, also.

  6. What a very lovely flavor - I can imagine how delicious these madeleines would be - what a great idea to use Earl Grey!
    Mary x

  7. I bought my very first Madeleine pan for ffwD. Ah, great memories! Great birthday post!

  8. Your Madeleines look oh so wonderful! And what a treat for Dorie's birthday! Hope you have lot of birthday fun at your house today too!

  9. Sweet post Kathy!!! Happy Birthday Dorie and Dennis!!! I love Madeleines and these look -oh so perfectly wonderful ;)

  10. Kathy, these Madeleines look heavenly! What a wonderful way to celebrate Dorie´s (and Dennis´) birthday(s) today! Besides, Earl Grey is my very favorite tea!

  11. Yay - madeleines are a perfect choice! They are so elegant.

  12. someday I am going to try these and get me a pan they look marvelous! Bookmarking this one!

  13. These madeleines are gorgeous. And happy birth day to you too! All moms should be congratulated on their kids birthdays. :-)

  14. I love the tea flavour in these madelines! They look divine!

  15. So cool! I love the look of this!!

  16. Hi Kathy...beautiful madelines, and a sweet birthday treat in honor of Dorie's BD.
    Happy Birthday to Dorie, and Dennis! xo

  17. Love them all 'dressed up' in snowy lace! FAB!

  18. Well I recently gave away a copy of this book and Trevor won it! But I now might be needing to buy it for myself - I'm completely enamored with madelines so I will have to make these for sure! Especially any with earl grey! :) Looks great, and of course, happy birthday to Dorie!

  19. Lovely madeleines! Such a great way to celebrate Dorie's birthday. Happy birthday to your son too!

  20. Beautiful madeleines. I hope your son had a great birthday.

  21. What gorgeous madeleines, they are flavoured perfectly :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. These look great, Kathy. I only made madeleines the one time we did them for French Fridays. Earl Grey is my favorite kind of tea, so I will try out this version soon. Happy Birthday (belated at this point) to Dennis!

  23. Beautiful little cakes! :) What an awesome choice.

  24. Hey, once again fabulous pictures, you could almost smell the cakes warm from the oven! Lovely presentation! xoxoxo

  25. This could be something nice. In my old age I drink more and more tea. :-) Tea and tea cookie...