I found this recipe in a magazine a couple of years ago. Madeleines are little French shell-shaped cake confections dating from around the 19th century, and their origins and name are slightly unclear. This air of mystery makes them all the more charming to me. I have been meaning to bake them ever since I cut out the recipe, and even bought a madeleine tin at the time, but for some reason just never got round to making them.
I love to make tiny confections to gift to friends and family when I visit them. It’s such a special and glamorous gift. I always adorn them with fresh rose petals to add to their glamour. In Ayurveda, the sweet taste symbolises love and kindness, and all things related. Love is soft, unctuous, healing, grounding and stabilising.