Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lemon Rose Madeleines, #Fair Trade Roses and a #Whole Foods #Giveaway


Today everything is coming up roses. I wish I could believe that, but it is nice to look over and see a dozen, deep red roses staring me in the face. As many of you know the last two weeks have been tough for me  and flowers are a great way to brighten anyone's day. Whole Foods provided me with a dozen roses this month and is offering a $25 gift card so that you can go buy your own. You could use it on whatever you want but I must say that the roses are gorgeous and everyone deserves roses now and then, don't they?

 Little did I know that I'd be finishing one giveaway and starting another, but that's what's happening, so let's go with it! The winner for last month's $25 gift card is  Jennifer Reed who likes salmon! And I hope you tried the paiche. It is really a great fish and one I could eat a lot of. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and not even slightly energetic but let me start by saying thanks to everyone for your condolences. I really had no idea there were so many kind people out there reading my crazy blog. I'm so thankful for all of you and your encouraging and thoughtful words really brightened my day.  Now it is time to get going and get up and get dressed and face some new challenges. What better way to do that than with a gorgeous bunch of flowers staring me in the face? 


These aren't just any flowers. These are Fair Trade flowers and by giving them you are also helping those that are growing them. From the Whole Foods website:

The Whole Trade® Guarantee seal means these flowers meet specific criteria including:
  • Meets our product Quality Standards
  • Provides more money to producers
  • Ensures better wages and working conditions for workers
  • Cares for the environment
  • Donates 1% of sales to Whole Planet Foundation®
Additionally , children are often provided with schooling under the social premium that is paid for each case of flowers shipped. Not a bad deal when you think about it. Someone you care for gets roses and someone you don't know, gets to go to school. Makes me feel good!

My local Whole Foods at Southglenn has a great deal for those who live nearby. On the 12th, 13th, and 14th they are offering a dozen roses for $9.99! You can't beat that. And they are enormous and lovely and will bring a smile to anyone's face. Even mine! I don't know what your local store is doing but check it out. And buy them quickly. One year my husband missed out and came home with a dozen dried roses. I asked him why he was coming home with dead roses. He said that was all they had. Just maybe he should have planned a little bit ahead?


Nothing goes better with roses than someone you love and quite possibly, these cookies. After all, I am a cookie girl, you know that don't you? I found this recipe in the Wall Street Journal and though it was a poorly written recipe, after I deciphered it, I must say they came out delicious. I wish my Zoe was nearby because she loves Madeleines. When she was a little girl she used to go with her dad to Starbucks and order hot chocolate and a Madeleine.

Then when she was in 8th grade she had a French teacher that gave the kids a Madeleine recipe written in French and gave the kids extra credit if they made them. After buying the Madeleine pan, we did succeed in making them and I think she received an A on that assignment.  If you happen to have the pan, these are a fun treat to make but they also work well in mini muffin tins, too.


Madeleines are like little sponge cakes but disguised as a cookie. They are perfect with a cup of tea. They aren't overly sweet and delightful for that little pick me up we all need during the day. These Madeleines have a touch of rose in them, but not too much. I did gild them with a powdered sugar glaze that I flavored with more rosewater. You could also use orange water and orange zest, or you could leave it out. I happen to think though that the rosewater gives that little something extra-the intriguing, exotic, what is that taste that makes you take another bite, and then another, until you've either figured it out or it's gone!

Match the tea to the Madeleine and look for something lemony. My favorite though is Earl Grey and as far as I'm concerned Earl goes with anything. Of course you could really surprise your loved one if you added in some chocolate and champagne and a night of romance. But there's no point in overdoing it is there? Trust me, roses and cookies could knock anyone's socks off! (Thanks for that, Mr. KR!)

Whole Foods is giving away 1 $25 gift cards to help fill your basket.  All opinions expressed are mine, baby. All mine. This giveaway is easy to enter as long as you live in the US. Giveaway closes on February 23rd. Subscribe if you don't want to miss the announcement of the winner or tune in on February 24th to see if you won! (And please, if you have a common name, you need to give me a hint like Sue from Sioux City or something like that, or an email address to reach you) The winner will be chosen by a Random Number Generator! So now, to enter: (dahdah, dah, dah, de DAH!) Enter once by leaving me a comment and telling me what your favorite Valentine's Day recipe is! Enter again by following me on Pinterest or Facebook or Twitter. I'd love you to subscribe. Hey, I'll give you 2 entries for subscribing!



Lemon Rose Madeleines

Yield: About 18
Total Time: 25 minutes
Adapted From: Wall Street Journal

Ingredients:
3 T unsalted butter melted to grease pan
6 T melted unsalted butter
2 t lemon zest or zest of 1 large lemon
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/3 c sugar plus 1 T
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 t rose water
1 c sifted cake flour
1/2 t baking powder
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.

Brush Madeleine tin with melted butter and dust lightly with flour. Some butter will be left for the second batch.

Melt 6 T butter and stir in lemon zest. Let cool to room temperature.

In an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until very light and lemony in color but thick in consistency, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and rose water and mix for about 10 seconds.

While eggs and sugar are beating, mix flour, baking powder and salt. When egg mixture is ready, sift half of flour mixture over and fold gently into batter. Now do that with the other half.

Gently fold in cooled, melted butter until incorporated into batter.

Using a tablespoon, scoop into prepared tin. Bake until center of cookie springs back to the touch and edges are golden brown. 8-11 minutes does the trick. Let sit in pan to cool for 5 minutes then turn on a rack to finish cooling. Dust with powdered sugar or glaze or both! Wash tin, butter and flour again, and repeat.



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138 comments:

  1. It's not a total Valentine's Day recipe because we make it all the time, but gluten-free spinach and artichoke pizza---for valentine's Day, we make heart shaped crust. :)
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  2. I don't think I have a favorite recipe. I love so many. This year I am going to try Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. The recipe seems easy and they look really pretty.

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  3. Ganache truffle is my favorite recipe for Valentine's day.
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  7. My favorite Valentine's Day recipe would be one for chocolate truffles. Chocolate truffles and red roses go great together!

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  11. I am so glad to see your madeleines-- I kept the recipe from WSJ too and wanted to give them a try. The roses are lovely, I'll be stopping by the SouthGlenn store this week and I am sure the roses will disappear quickly at that price! I hope these beautiful flowers brought some cheerfulness to your week, sorry it has been a rough time lately.

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  12. Rose Madeleines! I can smell the beautiful scent. I have never made them myself so I will give this recipe a go! My daughter is gonna enjoy the 4 day break. We have a lot of baking planned.

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  13. Mrs K R makes terrific madeleines, often with lemon. It's been awhile though -- I gotta bug her to make some more. I guess I could, but she's so much better. Plus she loves to bake! Lucky me. ;-) Glad you got some flowers to cheer you up! Roses are always wonderful. But anything bright and colorful works at this time of the year. Anyway, good post -- thanks.

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  14. Such a beautiful post about "la vie en rose ".
    The Madeleines look gorgeous and the color pairs so well with the wonderful roses.

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  15. A macaroni would be a great Valentine's recipe.

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  16. I can't believe how gorgeous this looks! Wow. Now I really want to make some Valentines recipes and that was not in my schedule. In fact, I want to make these! Thanks for sharing. #SITS

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  17. Love those madeleines...they look so pretty and delectable.
    Happy V-Day, Abbe!

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  18. I'm a pretty simple girl. Chocolate dipped strawberries are a favorite of mine!
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  21. I agree about Earl Grey pairing well with practically everything. We are BIG gourmet tea consumers at our house. It great to find others with a passion for it as well. #SITSBlogging
    My favorite valentines recipe is something my family loves but I only make once a year ( to keep it special): oreo truffels

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  22. These roses are very beautiful, lucky you :) . We love madeleines but I always buy them as I've never tried making them at home. Thanks for the recipe.

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  23. Madeleines are my hubby's favorite cookies, but I've never actually tried making them. Lemon rose sounds delicious. Can't wait to try this recipe, they sound delicious! #SITSBlogging

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  24. they look beautiful.... and the roses <3

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  25. Wow - $10 bucks for roses is amazing! This is hands down my favorite appetizer - so good - buttery, garlicky - yum!!

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  26. You have inspired me for Valentine's Day! simply gorgeous and those roses are perfection
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  27. I love the roses with the madeleines photos. Perfect for Valentine's Day.

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  28. First, let me tell you the cookies look divine! Secondly, what a nice giveaway! And thank you for the opportunity! The roses are just gorgeous. There are so many recipes we love for Valentines Day, but the one that always comes to mind first, is having spaghetti with shrimp marinara sauce. Oh yeah, and end the meal with some chocolate covered strawberries. Awesome!

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  29. Oh my! I need to make these! My fave Valentine recipe is Choc Dipped Strawberries! I'm visiting from #SITSBlogging

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  30. These madeleines look great and have to smell pretty amazing with that lemon! Happy Heart Day!

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  31. red velvet cupcakes are my favorite vday recipe, but tose cookies look delish as well!

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  36. Flowers always make me feel better no matter what's going on. Those roses are stunning. Cookies can never hurt either :)

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  37. What a great deal on roses! They're gorgeous...as are your festively drizzled madeleines :)

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  38. I like the chocolate truffles recipe.
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  39. I have always liked the scent of rose water and I'll be sure to try out these wonderful madeleines in my kitchen. The rose deal sounds like a steal during these few days and I doubt my local Whole Foods will carry the same deal but I'll be sure to check after work tomorrow :) And yeah my favorite v-day recipe is molten chocolate cake!

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  40. I don't really celebrate it. I like milk chocolate cupcakes though.
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  48. Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite valentines treat.

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  54. My favorite Valentine's recipe is for Milk Chocolate Truffles.

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  68. I usually make a red velvet heart shaped cake for the holiday

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  69. For Valentines day I want to make cupcakes that are heart shaped by putting a marble in the pan at the top of the cupcake liner. so cute!

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  94. My favorite Valentine's Day recipe is Strawberry Cheesecake! Thanks

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  96. Chocolate Covered Strawberries are always a good Valentine treat.

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  108. My favorite Valentine's Day recipe is grilled ribeye and barbecue shrimp

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  109. I have not been inspired lately to make anything for Valentines day so chocolate has been great. Thank you

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  115. Thanks for the giveaway…my wife surprised me with my favorite this year, her homemade raspberry cheesecake.

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