Madeleines are my favorite little cakes, and my favorite time to eat them is in the midafternoon with a cup of tea. So why not combine cake and tea and make earl grey madeleines.
For me, there is nothing better than it finally reaching 3 pm, and I can stop and have a cup of tea with a little cake. I have most likely have already accomplished quite a lot for the day, and am now able to take a moment, rest, take a sip of something delicious, and bolster myself so that I can effectively finish the day.
I wanted to put that moment into a delightful little cake. Madeline’s are the ideal tea cake because of their bite-sized nature, sweet and buttery taste, and fluffy texture. Earl grey tea is also, in my opinion, the best tea for the afternoon because it has this light floral taste that softly lulls you back to life. Not the bolt of intense flavor and caffeine that you need early in the morning.
Madeline’s are light little cakes that traditionally are made from whipping eggs into a frenzy, but the brilliant Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh have developed a method in their cookbook Sweet, which has you put the mixture in a food processor and whip it that way. The cakes aren’t quite as fluffy with this technique, but they last longer and are still so delightful.
The good honey
You will want to use your best honey for these cakes. There are a couple of tablespoons in the actual cake, and then you use warm honey as a glaze to finish them, so having high quality and flavorful honey is important.