Pistachio and Orange Blossom Water Madeleines

June 12th, 2009

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Madeleines are little cake like cookies that are baked in special molds that give them a delicate shell shape. Orange blossom water is often a secret ingredient in French madeleines. These pistachio and orange blossom water madeleines are my preferred flavor combination when it comes to these delicate French cakes.

Let’s make Pistachio and Orange Blossom Water Madeleine:

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Preheat the oven to 428 °F (220 °C).

1. Melt all the butter over a low heat, then leave to cool.

2, 3, 4. Grind pistachios with confectioner sugar until fine.

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5, 6, 7, 8. Beat the egg, caster sugar and salt in a bowl for about 5 minutes, preferably with an electric mixer of some sort, until it’s as thick as mayonnaise or about 3 times the original volume-it will be pale and a lemony white.

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9, 10. Then sprinkle in the flour; you can hold a sieve above the egg and sugar mixture, put the flour in it and shake it through.

11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Fold in the flour with a wooden spoon, fold in the butter along with the orange blossom water and the pistachio/icing sugar mixture. Mix well, but not too vigorously.

16. Spoon batter into tins, about 1 teaspoonful in each should do for mini madeleines or 1 tablespoon in each for regular sized madeleines. Don’t worry about covering the molded indentations; in the heat of the oven the mixture will spread before it rises.

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17, 18. Bake for 7 minutes, or until springy to touch (though check after 5 minutes).

19. Turn out and let cool on a rack.

20. Dust with confectioner sugar.

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21. Arrange on a plate and serve.

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Pistachio and Orange Blossom Water Madeleines

From: Techniocolor Kitchen / Servings: 12 Regular Madeleines
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50 g unsalted butter + 1 tbsp for greasing pan

25 g unsalted pistachios

2 tbsp of pure confectioner sugar

1 large egg

40 g caster sugar

Pinch of salt

45 g all purpose flour

1 tbsp orange blossom water

Confectioner sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 428 °F (220 °C).

Melt all the butter over a low heat, then leave to cool. Set aside a scant tablespoon of the cold, melted butter for greasing the pans, then flour them.

Grind pistachios with confectioner sugar until fine.

Beat the egg, caster sugar and salt in a bowl for about 5 minutes, preferably with an electric mixer of some sort, until it’s as thick as mayonnaise or about 3 times the original volume-it will be pale and a lemony white.

Then sprinkle in the flour; you can hold a sieve above the egg and sugar mixture, put the flour in it and shake it through.

Fold in the flour with a wooden spoon, fold in the butter along with the orange blossom water and the pistachio/icing sugar mixture. Mix well, but not too vigorously.

Spoon batter into tins, about 1 teaspoonful in each should do for mini madeleines or 1 tablespoon in each for regular sized madeleines. Don’t worry about covering the molded indentations; in the heat of the oven the mixture will spread before it rises.

Bake for 7 minutes, or until springy to touch (though check after 5 minutes).

Turn out and let cool on a rack.

Dust with confectioner sugar.

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18 Responses to “Pistachio and Orange Blossom Water Madeleines”

  1. Rosa says:

    Oh, what a fabulous combo! Those madeleines must taste wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Your madeleines look delicious! They sound great with the pistachios and orange blossom water. I’ve never tried making them before, but they’ve been on my list for a while.

  3. I have a love for pistachios and madelines. They such an elegant cookie. The orange blossom water is a nice touch. These look delicious.

  4. Claudia Haas says:

    Oh I am loving the ingredients for these madeleines. I have never made them! In any form! (Shame on me) And your recipe is so delicious – pistachios are always wonderful. The photos are wonderful.

  5. Carolyn Jung says:

    I bet these are divine, indeed. I love orange blossom water. I love pistachios. I love madeleines. So what’s not to like, right?

  6. BitterSweet says:

    What delicious flavors! And of course, madeleines always look so lovely and elegant.

  7. Maya says:

    I bought my second madeleine pan a few weeks ago – enough said :) Another version for me to try!!

  8. peachkins says:

    Your madelines looks so good! I bet they are wonderful with coffee

  9. Dimah says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

  10. Marta says:

    Dimah this looks so awesome!!!!
    Ma’moul is probably one of my favourite treats, I consume it in unhealthy amounts!
    Pistachios and orange blosson water is a heavenly combo, and in the madeilanes they must have just been perfection.

  11. Dimah says:

    Marta: hahaha, unhealthy amounts, that’s funny :)
    Thanks for your lovely comment!

  12. I’m so glad to know you liked the recipe! Your madeleines look gorgeous.

  13. Dimah says:

    Patricia: Thank you so much! I’m glad you stopped by :)

  14. Nichole says:

    Assalaamu alaikum Dimah,

    These look wonderful Masha’Allah! I honestly can’t tell which of your recipes I want to make first but I think that this one is certainly on the top of my list. Jazak Allahu Khairun for all of your work.

  15. Dimah says:

    Nichole: Walaikum Assalam,
    Thanks for your kind words! I hope you enjoy these madeleines :)

  16. sarabclever says:

    I was just thinking of making madeleines. What a great idea!

  17. Marta says:

    I made these Dimah!
    They came out great!!!!
    Thanks!

  18. Dimah says:

    sarabclever: Thanks for coming by! Let me know when you try it out!

    Marta: Thank you, sweetie! I’m so glad you liked it :)

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