Almond Fairy Cakes

16 Feb

These scrummy little cakes look like they belong at a kids party but I made these for our breakfast. I don’t often make sweet stuff but I’ve been trying to come up with some special treats for when my little niece comes to visit at Easter. These fairy cakes were based on a recipe for French Madeleines which I poked around with until I got to these almondy cakes.

Makes about 30

* 125g butter
* 125g vanilla sugar (caster sugar with a vanilla pod stored in it)
* 4 large eggs or 5 medium
* 80g flour
* 120g ground almonds
* 2 drops vanilla essence
* 1 tsp baking powder

Melt the butter gently then leave to cool. Meanwhile put the sugar and vanilla essence into a mixing bowl. Break in the eggs, beating as you go and beat until frothy. Add the melted butter carefully and beat well then add the flour, almonds and baking powder. Half fill each little case and pop into a preheated oven. Bake in a medium hot oven for 7-10 minutes or until the tops turn a golden colour and the cakes are cooked through.

Variation: Add grated zest of a lemon instead of vanilla essence

This recipe was originally posted on www.masdudiable.com on 16/2/2008.

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