This was amazing! I have always wanted to make a fruit charlotte. Within 30 days I had, 2 (yes 2) Jane Austen Dinner Parties which gave me a good excuse to make this lovely dessert. This bad boy dessert looks intimidating to make. However, I tell you now that this recipe is very easy. Just one helpful tip – please make sure your pudding is completely set before serving and you will see why with a pic below.
Watch this YouTube video to learn how to make it. (gotta love Kraft Foods Canada for making this video).
Our Regency evening consisted of watching Pride and Prejudice (fatty mcfayden version – of course he wasn’t fat then but he is now).
Bangers and Mash with Mushy Peas
Lavender Lemon Tea Cookies
Ah, a good cup of tea
And of course the fruit charlotte.
And here is what happens when you cut into it and actually eat it. Scary looking but it was wonderful :).
I’ve decided that I have a girl crush on Rachel Khoo. I watched all her cookery videos on you tube in one night, lol. She’s a food creative in Paris. She has her own BBC cooking show that takes place in her tiny tiny Parisian apartment. She is currently publishing her 4th cookbook in English (yay). And most of all I think she is an amazing cook sharing with the world easy techniques for great french food that anyone would love. I did buy her 3rd cookbook, “The Little Paris Kitchen” right away on Amazon and wanted to make her raspberry and lemon madeleines right away.
I call my madeleines fatty because I piped way too much in my pan. LOL. So I ended up with some very plump little cakes; but they tasted whimsical and amazing. YES, I have a madeleine pan. I bought this pan when I first got married and I only made madeleines once since then and now I found inspiration to make them again (Thanks Rachel!) and I’m glad I did. If you don’t have a madeleine pan as Rachel suggests you can use a muffin tin. Enjoy!
Also here is Rachel’s video on making these bad boys.
Butter and flour my pan
Piping action in my old skool madeleine pan
Adding the raspberries!
Voila! out of the oven and piping the lemon curd
AND of course lots and lots of powder sugar!!!!
Beautiful right ^_^ (LOVE that shell shape!)
- For the madeleines
- For the lemon curd
- Beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and frothy. Put the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl and add the lemon zest.
- Mix the honey and milk with the cooled butter, then add to the eggs. In two batches, fold in the flour. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight.
- Meanwhile, make the lemon curd. Put the lemon zest and juice, salt, sugar and butter into a small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar and butter have melted. Remove from the heat.
- Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl, then add to the pan and whisk vigorously. Return the pan to a low heat and whisk constantly as the curd starts to thicken. Don’t stop whisking or the eggs will curdle (if the curd starts to boil, take off the heat). Once the curd thickens and releases a bubble or two, remove from the heat and pass the curd through a sieve into a bowl. Place cling film in direct contact with the curd and refrigerate for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
- When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-shell madeleine tin. Put the lemon curd into a piping bag fitted with a small, pointed nozzle and place in the fridge.
- Put a heaped tablespoon of batter into each madeleine shell and press a raspberry deep into the batter.
- Bake for five minutes and turn the oven off for one minute (the madeleines will get their signature peaks), then turn the oven on to 325 degrees and bake for a further five minutes. (I needed to bake for 5 more minutes to get that golden color, and I did rotate the pan at this time). Transfer the madeleines to a wire rack and leave for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, wash and dry the tin, then repeat the baking as for the first batch.
- While the second batch is baking, pop the piping nozzle into the mound in each baked madeleine and squirt in a teaspoon’s worth of lemon curd. Repeat with the second batch, then dust with icing sugar and serve straightaway.
On another note Taylor’s Birthday ———————————————————————————————>
With Taylor’s heavenly birthday last week, I didn’t have the energy to bake (sorry). Many feelings and memories flooded back and I didn’t have the energy or passion to bake her cupcakes unfortunately. I did one evening prior to her birthday had the determination to make some fondant/gum paste magnolias to put on some store bought cupcakes for her. I originally wanted to make peonies – but the fondant cutters I ordered online didn’t come on time. So I learned how to make sugar magnolia’s by hand instead.
Here are the 2 video tutorials I used to make her magnolia’s.
I used this video to make the stamen
I used this video to make the petals
I’m glad I was able to least make these for her. Happy Birthday Taylor! Mommy loves you and I’m glad that I created something beautiful for your 1st birthday in heaven. xoxo