Every Day is Mother’s Day.

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When I saw this on Martha Stewart’s website as I was browsing for mother’s day crafts, I just knew this would be a great hit!  I explained to the class that this was something really special that they’re making for their moms and that it’s their chance to tell everyone how awesome their moms are through a newspaper article.  After a discussion of how much our moms do and care for us, the students put their best efforts to work and produced beautiful articles for the mom’s gazette. =)  I laminated them so they can be preserved for many years in their family.  I have a feeling they’re going to love it!  Have a happy Mother’s Day this weekend.  =)  xoxo

Lemon Madeleines

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These delicious little lemon cakes are perfect for afternoon tea or a rainy day at home.  I haven’t made them in a while but after flipping through pictures from our first trip to Paris, I felt like it was time to reminisce the experience.  I followed this Martha Stewart’s recipe but substituted the cake flour with regular white flour.  They go fast so feel free to double the recipe if you’d like!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted, plus more for pans
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted (not self-rising)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2 to 3 lemons total)
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter two madeleine pans; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl; set aside.

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* I highly recommend investing in a lemon squeezer.  So much easier than squeezing the lemons by hand.  Plus the juice actually goes into the bowl and not everywhere else. 😉

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Put eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and thickened, about 5 minutes.

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Mix in butter. Using a spatula, fold flour mixture into egg mixture. Let rest 30 minutes.

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Pour batter into buttered pans, filling the molds 3/4 full. Bake cookies, rotating pans halfway through, until edges are crisp and golden, 7 to 8 minutes.

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Let cookies cool slightly in pans on wire racks. Invert, and unmold. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

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Happy Baking! Enjoy!