All Shook Up…

Last week I found myself shaken. Swept into a scenario that made little sense but created a great level of damage.

I’d forgotten how those little chasms in friendly relationships start. One transgression, muddled with bad communication evolving into irreparable damage.

I’d forgotten how fickle new friendships can be. And how emotionally explosive it can be when they end.

How disappointing.

Yet, what a brilliant wake up call.

sometimes good things quote

(attributed to Marilyn Monroe… if you believe that)

It’s fantastic how disappointment can make your love for other people so much stronger.

And so I made Madeleines.


It’s deliciously self indulgent to have a cake that takes your own name. It’s even better when you can given them to people, covered in icing sugar and edible glitter and say,

“Would you like a mini Madeleine?”

Light, fluffy, lemon spiked treats, best eaten immediately after baking for full enjoyment.

I’m sure you could find a more sophisticated recipe, but this one adapted from the BBC food website suited me fine.

  • 2 free-range eggs

  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar

  • 100g/3½oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 spoonful of Anathoth Lemon Curd
  • ¾ tsp baking powder

  • 100g/3½oz butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus extra for greasing

Preheat the oven to 200C. Brush the madeleine tray with melted butter then shake in a little flour to coat, tapping out the excess.

Whisk together the eggs and the sugar in a bowl until frothy. Lightly whisk in the remaining ingredients. Leave to stand for 20 minutes before carefully pouring into the prepared madeleine tray.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture has risen a little in the middle and is fully cooked through. Transfer the Madeleines to a wire rack and leave for a few minutes to cool slightly.


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5 Responses to All Shook Up…

  1. I’ve always been scared to try to make these, but this recipe sounds do-able for a non baker like me! Hope things are a bit calmer for you now :)

  2. Alisha KP says:

    Friendships are such tricky lands to navigate. I love that you dealt with it by baking. Baking doesn’t really solve problems, but it does make you feel like you’ve achieved something lovely :)

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