Elsa's early childhood was often filled with stories from books.
One of her absolute favourite character was a free spirited French orphan named Madeline.
We used to sing to the songs and made a right spectacle of ourselves....still does...or at least I still do....
To us, Madeline is a great role model for girls as she gave girls courage to speak their mind and showed them that there was nothing unfeminine about being smart and strong..
History dates their beginnings to the 18th century in the French town of Commercy, in the region of Lorraine. The story goes that a girl name Madeleine made them for Stanislaw Lezczynski, Duke of Lorraine, who loved them so much that he then gave some to his daughter, Marie, the wife of Louis XV.
Lavender Honey Madeleines
12 tbsp melted butter
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/4 cup lavender honey ( or any flavoured or non-flavoured honey)
1 1/4 flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 180 C. Liberally butter the madeleine molds.
In a bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the eggs, both sugars and honey until pale and foamy.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt over the egg mixture and gently fold in the melted butter.
Cover the batter and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Spoon the batter evenly into the molds and bake for 5-7 minutes.