Cake Chat and more…
Cake Chat and more…
Madeleines: a French classic
These little morsels will always take me back to my childhood. They were the kind of things we used to have after school. Madeleines are easy to make and the mixture itself can keep for a week in the fridge. So you can bake them fresh everyday. At this time of year, they are the perfect comfort treat with a cup of tea or coffee.
125 g melted butter
125 g flour
A pinch of salt
4 g baking powder
3 small eggs
125 g sugar
You will need a mould for madeleines, if you don’t have one you can use, a traditional cupcake tray, both need to be well buttered.
This recipe should allow you to make 20 to 24 madeleines.
You can enjoy them warm or cold. To keep them fresh store them in a tupperware box, best to eat them within two to three days.
Chef’s tip: to your sifted flour add the zest of a lemon and orange. Once the madeleines have cooled, dip them into dark chocolate or white chocolate if you prefer.
Gourmandises at the Cutty Sark with NAWP
It’s been a very busy and exciting year here at Gourmandises. So much so, that I haven’t always had the time to tell you about the many events we have been involved with in the last few months. Here is one that I truly enjoyed being part of: the NAWP networking event at the Cutty Sark.
The NAWP (National Association of Wedding Professionals) is an organisation aiming to promote professionalism and integrity within the wedding industry since 2013. Gourmandises has been a member for over a year. The Association organises a variety of events each year and they are always well attended.
The evening at the Cutty Sark was one of their regular networking events. And what an evening!
For the occasion, guests had champagne on the upper deck. As it was a beautiful summer evening, they were able to enjoy the most amazing views over the Thames.
Beautiful and mouthwatering canapes were served by Moving Venue under the hull of the Cutty Sark.
I provided a delicious table of patisseries with traditional gateaux such as Opera and a three tiered layered cake, pastries and macarons. I made some gorgeous mini Opera Cakes filled with a raspberry meringue butter cream, mini passion fruit tarts in a sweet shortcrust pastry case and filled with a fresh passion fruit curd, I also supplied a beautiful macarons tower filled with chocolate ganache, raspberry and vanilla.
If you are looking for something similar for your event, check my gallery for inspiration.
The Cutty Sark itself has been licensed for weddings for over two years. If you are looking for a stunning and iconic venue in London, this is definitely one to check out.
Event organiser: NAWP
Photos credit: Toby Lowe Photography
Venue: Cutty Sark
Food: Moving Venue
Floral Display: All For Love
Caramelised apple cake: gateau aux pommes caramélisées
Although, I confess, I was hoping for a bit of Indian Summer, autumn seems to be here already. And that time of year for me calls for comfort food and above all easy recipes. This delicious ” Gateau aux pommes caramélisées” (caramelised apple cake) just fits the brief perfectly, warm and comforting!
You will need a 9″ tin for this recipe
300 g ground almonds
3 table spoons of flour (if you are gluten intolerant you can skip the flour and have only the ground almonds)
300 g sugar (granulated or caster)
250 g unsalted butter (softened)
A table spoon of flaked almonds
For the caramelised apples:
6 to 8 golden delicious (or another type)
40 g salted butter
80 g sugar
A vanilla pod
1 – Pre-heat your oven at 180° C, butter your tin and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
2 – Slice your apples, I don’t bother pealing them, I only take the pip out then make the caramel. In a pan, dissolve your sugar with 3 tsp of water then bring it to the boil without stirring. Let it cook until the sugar turns golden brown, it will start smelling like caramel, add the butter at this point, stir quickly, add the vanilla pod and then stir in the apples and let them cook in the caramel for 3 minutes.
3 – In a large bowl, mix the softened butter, sugar, flour, ground almonds, and eggs until you get a smooth mixture. This is my kind of recipe, no messing about, all in and stir!
4- Pour this mixture into your tin, arrange the top of your cake with the caramelised apples and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
5 – In the oven for an hour
6 – Serve warm with a dollop of cream or even a delicious vanilla ice cream.
Chefs tip: you can replace the apples with pears or even Victoria plums at this time of year. Sometimes, I even add a table spoon or two of rum.
The lovely plate on the picture above has been provided by, Roneford Catering , they have a lovely selection of crockery, so do check them out.