Long Time No Hear!

Busy.  Craziness.  It’s all or nothing but just the same I was completely unprepared for all of a sudden working all the time.  I’ve been juggling three jobs a week for the past few weeks.  Two funerals (never seem to get much notice on those); a wedding or two, a few drop offs and pick ups and a boating appetizer party plus….my Open House.  fini now.  Although I did just get an e-mail for an event in a few days….

One of the events I did last week required some french influence for a tea bite.  My father in law was born and brought up in France and one of the first things he did to welcome me into the family was buy me a Madeline pan.  This is the food he grew up with.  Not only did I make them for him the whole 30 years I knew him but when he no longer was eating I brought him some madelines to smell – and he ate one!  Last Supper type of deal.  I believe it made him happy and gave him dreams of France.  Anyway, I got to it on making 100 Madelines for a lady’s funeral whom was from France.

These little sponge cakes are so delicious and easy to make.  Once you get on a roll you can bake allot and what you don’t serve fresh, freeze.

Honey Madelines – 48 cookies, spray molds, preheat oven to 375.

1 C. sweet butter

8 eggs

1 C. sugar

4 Tbs. honey

2 C. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

In a large bowl whisk eggs & sugar till pale (I tend to do this in a mixer if I’m doubling or tripling this).  Stir in the MELTED butter (not softened as it will be lumpy) and honey.  Sift the dry goods on top of the wet and fold in.  Spoon into molds.

Watch these carefully…only cook them till they are lightly browned on the edges.

AAs you can see there are some kinda dark ones.  I did turn the gas down to 350 as I had been baking Quiches previously and the oven was quite hot.

While trolling around looking for something new to bake for a breakfast item I came across Lottie & Doof’s site and their featured Blueberry Boy Bait.  Interesting.  Our cafe used to serve something similar and we called it Boy Cake!  Ah, the difference between the boys and the girls.  Anyhow, I whipped theirs up – easier, not so sweet.  A different cake all together but nice.  I’ll make this again.  It’s simple and almost gone already.

Funny, they follow the chain and list the recipe through 4 people, ending with Pillsbury Bake Off.  Who knows where these things start!  But here it is…yet again, another version.

350. Grease & flour a  8 x 8 cake pan.

2 C. flour

1 Tbs. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Sift and mix together.  Meanwhile get out the old mixer and blend the below:

2 sticks butter softened

1/2 C. dark brown sugar

1/2 c. organic sugar

3 eggs

1 C. buttermilk

Blend it all together and fold in at least one or two cups of blueberries.  I threw tons in which is why they all kind of sunk to the bottom.  Totally awesome this way…..soft and oh so blue!!!!

Anyway – dust with a bit of sugar mixed with some cinnamon before baking.

Bake about 45 minutes.  It will look kinda custy because of the sugar/cinnamon mix.  Yummola.

Last night while resting – I took an entire day of reading and lying about just to regroup after last weeks events.  I was darn tired.  Pretty late, like about 7p.m. these were just glowing off my porch.  So beautiful.  Hollyhocks.

These flowers always make me smile.  A lovely old fashioned flower.



One thought on “Long Time No Hear!

  1. Kathy B says:

    My kids loved your madelines from the original York Farmers Market. Used to look forward to them each week.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s