Whether you like drinking tea when you don’t feel well or enjoy it daily, you should definitely serve a cup with one (or two) of these lemon lavender madeleines.
All of the rain last week and more impending rain in the forecast has taken a toll on my motivation to accomplish things. You would think that being stuck inside would promote things getting done like laundry, vacuuming, and other such chores, but I would rather curl up on the couch with Bob, the cats, a hot beverage, and either a book or a movie. For me that hot beverage is usually tea or hot chocolate, but my hot chocolate consumption definitely lessens as the temperatures rise outside so the season for tea is upon me.
Unfortunately there is this thing called “work” that gets in the way of doing that every single day so I have to suffice for a mid-morning break with my co-workers. For them is it a coffee break but since I don’t drink coffee I usually join them with a snack and water or sometimes tea. I often bring in treats to share during this time to go with their coffee, and one day decided to be fancy and brought in some homemade lemon lavender madeleines to pair with my Gourmesso green tea.
Fun fact, they also go great with coffee and other kinds of tea (one coworker was drinking Earl Grey) so they were the perfect addition to our diverse “coffee break” group. The bright lemon flavor and the light lavender scent also helped perk us up for the rest of the morning. And madeleines are just happy little things to begin with, amiright? This was sadly only the second time I’ve used my madeleine pan but I am reminded why I splurged on buying this single-use pan. What other flavors should I add to my list before this pan gets lost in the abyss that is my cabinets again? I clearly need to make more for tea time.
For the Nespresso machine, they have a selection of 25 different blends of coffee and 4 kinds of tea I think that will cover all the bases. I already have a stock pile of their black, green, and fruit plum infusion tea capsules ready to go so that Bob won’t be hogging the Nespresso machine all to himself! Heck, maybe I can convince my department to buy us all a work-Nespresso machine ;-).
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LEMON LAVENDER MADELEINES
Makes 1 dozen
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp culinary lavender
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-cavity madeleine pan, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat egg and sugar. Add lavender, lemon juice and zest, vanilla, and salt. Mix in flour until just blended.
- Pour the butter in a steady stream while the mixture is beating on low. Be sure to scrape the side so everything is combined.
- Pour batter equally into each cavity of the prepared pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
- Pop madeleines out of pan once removed from oven, and allow to cool completely.
Source: Adapted slightly from my Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon Madeleines.