Sunday, July 10, 2011

Blueberry English Madeleines

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A lovely sponge cake served at English tea - English Madeleines are baked in a dariole mold and coated with raspberry jam and coconut traditionally. They are quite different from the French version that have that seashell look. Here you will find a nice twist to the raspberry jam, they are made into blueberry gems!

Blueberry English Madeleines

4 oz. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1/2 a pod worth of beans)
2 eggs
2/3 c. self-rising flour (or make your own self-raising flour- the formula is: 1 c. flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda and a dash of salt)
1/2 c. blueberry jam - heated and strained - recipe follows
1 c. desiccated coconut
12 whole blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 deg.

Prepare 12 dariole tins with butter and flour.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add one egg and incorporate evenly. Add half of the flour and incorporate evenly. Repeat until ingredients used. Fill tins as shown, and bake for 20 minutes.

Don't over-fill the dariole tins with batter, or there will be a big mess. They will fill out in the oven.

When the cakes are done, cool them on a rack. Then, insert a skewer into the cake as shown. Roll the cake in the heated jam. Then, roll in coconut. Decorate with a big, beautiful blueberry on top. Hopefully those blueberries will be as big as the end of your thumb!

Easy Blueberry Freezer Jam

3 cups blueberries, cleaned
5 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 package powdered pectin
3/4 cup water

Crush berries in a large bowl; add lemon juice. Stir in sugar and let stand for 10 minutes. In a saucepan, add cinnamon stick, mix pectin and water; bring to a full boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Mix pectin mixture into fruit; stir for 3 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick. Pour into freezer containers about an inch from the top. Makes 6 cups.


"You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!"

-Excerpt from 'Blueberries' by Robert Frost

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