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Lemon Verbena Madelines

Lemon Verbena Madelines

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I have had an abundance of Lemon Verbena growing outside the kitchen door, which was a pure delight, for the past couple of months.  I love to open the door in the morning and smell the wetness of the evening along with the sweetness of the verbena while having that first sip of espresso.  I noticed over the weekend that someone or something has been chewing on the leaves.  Ever so tenderly, they are eating just pieces of each small leaf.  I grabbed the kitchen shears and proceeded to save what I could, and then I trimmed back the plant;  I hope it does not die.  I decided to use the delicate leaves and make a simple syrup for this lovely Lemon Verbena Madeleines recipe for Andrea‘s GYO event this month.


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Lenny is heading to Boston and it is his mother’s birthday, I know she loves these sweet little cookies, so I baked up a batch of madeleines.  I used David Lebovitz’s recipe, minus the lemon glaze, instead I dipped each little cookie in the simple syrup before delicately wrapping.  The lemon verbena is lovely with this delicate cookie as it gives it a slightly lemony as well as a bit of a spicy bite, similar to basil, mixed with the sweetness of sugar;  it reminds me of a late summer afternoon, light, sunny and very warm.

I am submitting this to Andrea‘s GYO event.  It has been a while since I have had the time to really participate in one of my favorite “food blog events”.  Andrea’s has been one of my favorite events as it gives us a chance to showcase what we grown in our gardens, whether it is from an urban dwelling or a large garden out in the country.  As well it brings all of us together from all over the world – it is really nice to see what people from every corner of the world are enjoying at the same time.

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Recipe:  please visit David’s site.

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Wednesday 2nd of September 2009

Perfect with a cup of tea. They look delicious!


Tuesday 1st of September 2009

Believe it or not, I have never eaten a madeline but you certainly make me want to not only eat one, but to make them. I can only add the pan to the list of items I want, right now but who knows about the future?

You did a wonderful job, delicate, light, flavorsome cookies, or so it appears.


Tuesday 1st of September 2009

This is a great use for lemon verbena! I've never made madeleines, but I've wanted to for the longest time.


Monday 31st of August 2009

What a delicious idea. I love lemon verbena, though I've never had a plant make it through the winter - even inside.


Monday 31st of August 2009

I am so glad you posted these. My lemon verbena is out of control this year. I can't wait to try these! So elegant and I am sure they are delicious too! Thanks!