Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

December 13, 2016

Naturally Green, Tree Shaped Matcha Madeleine Cakes

Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies

I am always amazed when I see bloggers and crafters getting into the holiday spirit in the middle of the summer.  Excluding brand collaborations, I definitely do not think that far in advance.  I was still eking out the last few pleasures of summer as late into the fall as I could.  Bonfires, sailing, sandals - that was my focus.  With the exception of today's delicious recipe!

I thrifted the most adorable tree-shaped mini cake pan during the summer and have been waiting for the holiday season to put it to use.  All fall I dreamed of a matcha-infused madeleine recipe.  When I won a photo contest at a local tea shop (3 of my photos will appear in their annual calendar), I used some of the $150 gift card I won and bought some delicious powdered matcha - but you can find it online, too.  These naturally green, tree-shaped mini cakes are so easy to whip up and they taste SO good.  Hubby and I actually invited neighbors over for a cup of tea and madeleines, because we literally couldn't trust ourselves not to eat them all in one sitting.     

Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies

Aren't they adorable?  The magic is in the cute pan I found for $1.00:

Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies
Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies
Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies

I couldn't find the exact one online, but I did track down a similar pan with trees and gingerbread people (hello, Grinches)!  No matter what kind of pan you bake these sweet treats in, they're sure to become a fast favorite!  If you're already drooling all over your laptop (guilty), here's what you'll need to bake these matcha madeleines.

Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice + zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp powdered matcha
  • 1 stick of butter (1/4 pound)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour 
Supplies:

Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies

How to Make Matcha-Infused Madeleines:

I had read that making madeleines was tricky and, certainly, there were a ton of extra steps (like refrigerating the dough before baking, letting the eggs come to room temperature, etc) but I skipped them all because I didn't want my madeleine to have that signature hump; I wanted the trees to lie flat.  So these are the steps I followed, which was a quick and easy way to make madeleines that, to my taste buds, did not affect the tastiness one bit:

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat (I let it bubble so it was golden, then removed it from the heat and set it aside).
  2. Meanwhile, grease the pan well with butter.
  3. In a mixing bowl, using a whisk, whisk the eggs with the vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. In another mixing bowl, measure out the flour and matcha powder.
  5. Slowly add in the eggs to the dry ingredients, gently whisking.
  6. Add the melted butter and whisk until combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased pan, filling each section only half way.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. 
  9. Let cool and lightly dust with matcha powder and icing sugar.

Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies
Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies

These are a breeze to whip up and yet they turned out so adorably well!  They are such a pretty shade of green and the dusting of icing sugar looks like snow.  Plus they taste amazing: really sweet and cakey, with just the mildest hint of matcha.  They're really delicious with a cup of tea.

Naturally Green Holiday Cake Recioe | Matcha Madeleine Cookies

If you loved my matcha shortbread, you'll love these.  Happy baking!   
SHARE:

4 comments

  1. I have no idea what these would taste like, but I am drooling nonetheless. I don't bake, but this will either inspire me to, or at least search out matcha baked goods. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm happy the photos elicit drooling :) They're kind of a mix between a cake and a cookie, very sweet with a lemony flavor. Just a hint of matcha. Hopefully you can track down something tasty in lieu of whipping up a batch (although I promise they're really easy).

      Delete
  2. No need to add matcha to the batter?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lol, I think I need to take my vacation already. My poor brain has clearly done all of the work it intends to do for 2016. I shall fix that right now. YES, I added it along with the flour. Thanks for catching that!

      Delete

You've made my day - I love hearing from you! I approve comments only to keep out the spam, so don't worry if your comment doesn't pop up right away.

© Dans le Lakehouse | All rights reserved.
See What Inspires Me on Pinterest