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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Madeleines And Aynsley For Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Can you believe it's August tomorrow???That is amazing! But the weather here has certainly been summer...up to the high 80s for us...and that's warm for us! An added complication is my husband's Parkinson's Disease doesn't react well to heat...it's a stressor to his system which makes everything worse...so life has been interesting this week...so no fancy Tuesday Cuppa Tea...just sharing the last baking I did at the first of the week before the heat climbed...

I have a Madeleine French cookies pan that periodically I get out, and did so last Monday. So here was tea in the sunroom...when it wasn't too hot. We've had it up to the mid 90s in there, even with all the blinds down this week...

I found a new Aynsley, England recently in an unusual color...a really goldenrod yellow with a gorgeous pink rose in the cup interior...

I have had their corset shaped cups before...which is what this shape is called...and several with different exterior colors and rose interiors, but this is a new and striking color to me!

I believe the number is 2957, and it is unnamed as far as I can tell, and from the 1940s....very fun color! Quite a pop for a tea table!

I have been making Madeleines since I was a teenager...love their romantic look, and very easy to make, and they look so good!  I will give the recipe later in the post. I have them on a bone china saucer from Royal Victoria from the 1970s...

I think it's fun, because it is the same pattern as Shelley's Rose, Pansy and Forget-Me-Not...which isn't such a surprise as I explained in another blog post about pattern copying....

The recipe I used is from a smallish book titled The London Ritz Book Of  Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson published in 1987...I picked it up at the Ritz as a souvenir after having tea there that year for my birthday....

I love the chapter title of the book which includes the Madeleines recipe...Foreign Cakes And Wicked Cakes...and says:

"Such cakes hold a frisson of wickedness to the English cook, as they glory in quantities of cream and chocolate and tooth-deep frosting. Sweet sirens of the cake world, they are as smooth and rich as film stars."

Little French sponge cakes Proust said were "richly sensual under it's severe religious folds"...well!


2 medium eggs
1/2 cup sugar
8 tbs or 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
finely grated rind of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup self rising flour


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Lightly butter 2 madeleine tins.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar until thoroughly mixed but still bright yellow. Beat in the melted butter, lemon rind and juice, then sift the flour over the surface and fold in. Stir in egg whites with a fork; then beat them well into the mixture

Spoon a small amount of the mixture into each mould and bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes. Cool slightly in the moulds before gently easing onto wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 24 madeleines

There you go!  Thanks for joining me and hope you are staying cool...we have a cooling trend, bringing us back to normal beginning tomorrow..hooray!

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  1. Good morning, Ruth! You and your dear hubby wouldn't like living in Texas with our 100 degree days! I'm looking forward to Fall and Winter.
    Your bright Anysley teacup is a beauty and looks so pretty with your madeleines. I don't have a Madeleine pan, but love those little cookies, and often think that I need a pan in order to make them. Thank you for the recipe and for hosting. Hope you have a wonderful week.

  2. Yellow is one of my favourite colours so I'm loving your new Aynsley teacup! I think its golden colour would also make it perfect for a fall tea? Thank you for hosting and have a great week, Ruth!

  3. Dear Ruth:
    The teacup is really pretty and vibrant colors! I have the little book and love tea books too. I thought of you Saturday at an estate sale - they had lots of English royalty coronation pieces. I got some large statuary for my garden on Sunday at the 1/2 price day.

  4. Now I know why I love madeleines so much. It's because they are so wicked. Love the cup did not realize that shape was called corset.

  5. Dear Ruth, what a pretty teacup that is! And Madelines...well, they remind me of my Nanna...always a treasured memory. I'm glad to be joining you this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  6. Dearest Ruth, What a lovely blog or should I say "wicked" ;) I love your "Corset" shape cup, love the color yellow, & the rose. The madelines look divine. The inscription in your tea book is fun! Thank you for sharing! Blessings xo

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I love your bright yellow Aynsley teacup today. I have similar ones in blue and pink. But yellow is so cheery! Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Blessings, Karen

  8. The Aynsley is really striking. I haven't see a bright yellow on like that either. Your madeleines looks so perfect. I have that little book too...sweet. I need to take another look at it.

  9. Madeleine's are a perfect warm weather treat. Light and delicate. They are on my list to make one day. Thanks for the info on the corset shape cup. I like the vivid color. Your post is just fine. Stay cool as best you can. Jill

  10. Ruth, I'm having chocolate cake with my tea this week and often make a small chocolate cake for afternoon tea parties. But this post isn't strictly tea-related, so I do understand completely if you remove my link. Your madeleines look perfect!

  11. I find madeleines add a touch of class to an ordinary tea but they sure are addictive. :-)

  12. Such a pretty teacup and I always love a tea cookbook! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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