Nutella Filled Madeleines

I have an obsession with Nutella but since I am currently banning palm oil as part of my stand to save the forest I have opted for what it’s called the hazelnut spread or petite dejeuner tartine here in France made without palm oil, actually you can actually find hazelnut spread here made with olive oil.

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I always love Madeleine and since I got myself a nice belated christmas present to myself (the Madeleine mold) I thought I give it a new twist and filled it with some hazelnut spread that is fair trade and organic at the same time, but then again you can just put Nutella.

 

Ingredients

(This recipe made 32 Madeleine)

150 grams of flour

1 tsb of baking powder

120 grams of sugar

125 grams of melted butter left in room temperature

3 large eggs make sure it’s room temperature

1 teaspoons of vanilla essence

a few tablespoon of nutella or hazelnut spread

Here is how to do it, it’s very simple and easy

Preheat oven to 220 C

1. mixed up the baking powder and flour together and make sure it’s shifted because we wanted to make it fluffy

2. Mixed eggs and sugar with vanilla essence until thick and fluffy using a mixer

3. After that fold in the dry ingredients with a spatula until it’s all nicely incorporated

4 Last add the melted butter gradually until it all comes together into a beautiful batter

5. Let it rest in the fridge for one hour, you can leave it overnight to do the baking the next day

6. To do the nutella fillings basically you will need to fill the mold 1/2 full then put half a teaspoon of nutella (just don’t over do with the nutella coz then it’s gonna burst out) and then top it up with the batter until the mold is 3/4 full *please see picture and note: if you use silicon mold you don’t need to buttered and floured your mold.

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7. Then bake it for 5 minutes at 220 C and then turn the oven down to 180 and bake it for another 7-8 minutes.

8. Cool it on a rack, dust it with icing sugar or leave it as it is.

 

It will be fancy, yummy and so fluffy!!

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This is typical ‘gouter’ a french afternoon tea delight for kids here in France and you can get them from the bakery but I think this version is little more fluffier that the dense kind you get from the bakery.  I hope you’ll enjoy this little gem!

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Lac de Sainte Croix

 

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