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Roxann’s Chocolate & Cardamom Cookies

Here at Madeleines, we’re passionate about great food. It’s even in our motto: ‘All About Food’. Every so often, we’re going to share a recipe from one of our staff. This month, our sales manager, Roxann, shares these delicious chocolate biscuits, with a difference.

‘These biscuits are so easy to make and you can freeze the dough, so you can always have fresh baked cookies when you really need a pick-me-up. The addition of the spice really makes these simple biscuits something special.’

Roxann

Chocolate Cardamon Cookies
(from poiresauchocolat.net, and inspired by Signe Johansen’s Scandilicious Baking – a fantastic recipe book, highly recommended)

100g butter, cold from the fridge
50g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cardamon
90g plain flour
35g cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
a big pinch of fine sea salt

Blend the butter, sugar and cardamon together in a food processor until you have a paste. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and pulse just until you have a dough. Tip the dough onto a big sheet of cling film then roll into a short sausage about 5 cm in diameter. Chill in the fridge for an hour until firm.

Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut as many thin slices of the dough as you want to bake – they should be about 5 mm thick. Place on the tray then bake for 7-8 minutes – the middle will have risen slightly. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

The dough can be kept in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a few weeks – just cut off a few cookies at a time. Perfect for unannounced tea-time guests, or late night chocolate cravings. Best eaten on the day you bake them.

(Makes about 15 cookies)

Join us for lunch!

The seasons are changing and you can definitely feel change in the air. With more and more warmer days heading our way and the occasional spring shower, the weather is on the improve. We’ve also noticed many of our favourite fruits and veggies returning to the shelves and stands of our local shops and markets – crisp asparagus, leeks and spring onions, peaches, spansek and even a few early watermelons.

We decided to celebrate the changing seasons and the return of all this delicious produce with a fabulous lunch this October. Join us on Saturday 12 October at 1 pm for our Spring Lunch.

Lunch costs R220 per person and includes a welcoming cocktail and a three-course sharing menu of mouth-watering, fresh spring-inspired dishes. (Check back soon – we’ll be updating this post as soon as the menu is finalised!) Please feel free to bring your own wine – we don’t charge corkage, ever!

Booking is essential. You can do so by calling us on 0827125812 or by contacting us through the site here. You can also check out the Facebook event, where we’ll be posting updates and some pics.

Heritage Day High Tea

You’ve all been asking us when our next event will be – and here it is!

Join us for something a bit different this time around. We’re hosting an awesome Braai Day-inspired high tea this Heritage Day. What does that entail? We’ll be serving a range of small eats inspired by every South African’s favourite past time, the braai as well as traditional South African fare. Think mini burger, wors and pap, malva pud and koeksisters. Yum!

High tea will also include a beer tasting kindly provided by 1000 Hills Brewing Co.

All the important bits:

Date: Tuesday 24 September at 2 pm

Place: Madeleines

Price: 195 per person

Seating is limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. You can do so by calling us on 082 712 5812, or click here to contact us via email. Also, be sure to follow the event on Facebook and keep update with any changes.

Christmas at Madeleines

We’re gearing up for the Christmas season – we launched our range of Christmas gifts and goodies. Be sure to come into the shop and check out the shelves!

And now: the Madeleines Christmas catering menu is here! We’ve got everything you need for the perfect festive meal, from snacks and starters to main course and, of course, dessert! Here is a small taste of what we’ve got in store.

A twist on the traditional gammon supper:

  • To start, smoked salmon pâté, served with our famous health bread.
  • For the main event, beer-braised gammon, glazed with a pineapple and apricot glaze, served with a Mediterranean potato salad and a fresh tomato, chickpea & feta salad.
  • End off with a festive baked cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache and fresh berries.
  • Serve our delicious almond mince pies with tea and coffee.

A Mediterranean feast:

  • To start, Moroccan spiced hummus, served with crispy olive bread.
  • The main event: slow-roasted leg of lamb, served with a Mediterranean barley tabbouleh and our ‘kitchen sink’ salad.
  • End off with our best-ever carrot cake and traditional mince pies.

Click here to view our full Christmas catering menu. You can place your order for Christmas catering by contacting us via email or by calling us on 082 712 5812. Last day for orders is 17 December, so get your order in soon!

We’re working right up until Christmas Eve, so there’s always time to come in to the shop to collect your meals. Find our opening hours over the holidays below.

Christmas Opening Hours:

  • 16 December: 7 am – 3 pm
  • 24 December: 7 am – 3 pm
  • 25 December to 2 January: CLOSED

We’re opening again on 3 January 2020!

What will your Christmas combination be? Let us know in the comments below!

Tash’s Top Tips

Our brilliant pastry chef, Natasha Wilson, shares her tips for baking the perfect cake

1. Use a good recipe

If you’re not a confident baker, it’s important to follow the recipe to the letter. Your cake is only as good as your recipe, so always use one from a source you trust.

2. Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature

When butter is softened, it easily incorporates air – the secret to a fluffy cake! Butter straight from the fridge won’t cream well and cold eggs may cause your cake batter to curdle.

3. Know your oven

The temperature inside your oven may not match the number on your thermostat. I highly recommend investing in an oven thermometer. Always trust the temperature inside your oven. If you put a cake into an oven that’s not hot enough, it will affect the way it rises.

4. Be accurate with your weights & measures

The secrets to the perfect cake are part art and part science. The sciencey part comes in by being as accurate as you can when weighing and measuring your ingredients. Accurately measuring ingredients will make the difference between a light, moist cake and a gummy dense one. A digital scale and a good set of measuring spoons are essential!

5. Choose the right size pan

So your recipe calls for a 23 cm tin, but you only have a 20 cm tin. What do you do? Go and get yourself a 20 cm tin. Using a too-small tin could cause your cake to overflow. Likewise, a too-big tin could mean your cake could bake too quickly and dry out.

6. Make sure your ingredients are fresh

Old or expired ingredients can make or break a cake. If that baking powder’s been lurking in the back of cupboard for months (or even years?!) it may be time to invest in a fresh bottle.

7. Have fun!

Baking should be fun! So remember to relax and enjoy it!

Have you go any tips and tricks for the perfect cake? Leave them in the comments down below!

The Journey Begins

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