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Lemon Madeleines Recipe

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  With only weeks to go the team at The French Table restaurant are beginning to prepare lots of tasty treats for the special Christmas Season.  We are delighted to help celebrate this special time by making your Christmas Nights out (or afternoons!) a truly memorable one.

For those of you who enjoy entertaining at home, Thomas has shared some of his recipes for some tasty party nibbles for you to try.  This selection includes Country Style Flaky Pastries, Trout Rillettes with Chives, Crispy Vegetable & Goats Cheese Roll, Lemon Madeleines, Almond Tuiles and Vanilla Crème Brûlées.

Hope you enjoy!!

We look forward to seeing you At The French Table in Limerick over the Christmas Season.

1. Country Style Flaky Pastries


  • 20g Dijon Mustard
  • Flaky Pastry
  • 300g Minced Pork
  • 30g Breadcrumbs
  • 4g Salt
  • Chopped Parsley & Chives
  • Cognac or Port
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 20g Pistachios or Hazelnuts

Mix all the ingrediants together and add pepper

Roll out the flaky pastry

Spread the mousse on the pastry and fold it over so it is covered

Brush with egg yolk and refridgerate

Bake in the oven at 180ºC for 25 min

Leave to cool for 20 minutes

Cut in slices

2. Trout Rillettes With Chives


  • 200g Sea Trout Fillets
  • 50g Crème Fraiche
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Chopped Chives
  • 1cl White Wine

Poach the trout fillet in the white wine

Gently break up the fish meat with a fork

Add the crème fraiche, chives & lemon juice

Season with salt & pepper

Shape into quenelles with two large spoons

3. Crispy Vegetable & Goats Cheese Roll


  • 5 Sheets of Brick Pastry
  • 1 Carrott
  • ½ Celeriac
  • 1 Leek
  • 2 Goats Cheese Rounds
  • 10g Grilled Sesame Seeds
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chopped Parsley

Cut the vegetables in julienne

Cook them in the sesame oil and season

Leave to cool

Mix with the goats cheese, parsley & grilled sesame seeds

Roll in the brick pastry and gently flatten with your hand

Colour them in the pan

Place them on kitchen paper to absorb the oil

Serve warm

4. Lemon Madeleines


  • 4 Eggs
  • 140g Flour
  • 125g Melted Butter
  • 120g Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon

Sieve the flour & baking powder

Mix all the ingrediants together

Leave to rest for 20 minutes in the fridge

Fill the madeleine moulds by using a piping bag

Bake in the oven at 180ºC for 8 minutes

Leave to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the moulds

5. Almond Tuiles


  • 200g Flaked Almonds
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 50g Flour
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 50g Butter

Melt the butter

Mix the almonds with the sieved sugar & flour

Lightly beat the eggs

Mix all the ingrediants together

Allow to rest for 30 minutes

Form little heaps of the mix on a non stick tray

Flatten with a fork

Bake in the oven at 220ºC until golden brown (4-5 minutes)

Gently peel off the tray and place them around a rolling pin to give them a curved shape

Allow to cool

6. Mini Vanilla Crème Brûlée


  • ½ litre Milk
  • ½ litre Cream
  • 10 Egg Yolks
  • 250g Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • Brown Sugar

Bring the milk, cream & scraped vanilla pod to the boil

Beat the sugar & egg yolks

Combine together both mixtures

Allow to cool

Pour into ramkins and bake in the oven for 1h30 at 100ºC

Allow to cool, sprinkle with brown sugar and caramelise with a blow torch


Bon Appétit!!!