Madeleine Hot Air Balloons


You will need

For the Madeleines

70g melted unsalted butter (plus 20g extra melted for greasing)
100g caster sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
125g plain flour + a little extra for dusting
1tsp baking powder
2tbsp Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Cordial

For the icing

150g icing sugar
1 tbsp Belvoir Elderflower Cordial
A squeeze of lemon juice
Food colouring
Cocktail sticks
Paper piping bags
12 flapjack squares for 'the baskets'


1 Whisk the eggs and sugar until they are light and fluffy, (the whisk should leave a ribbon trail on the surface of the mixture when you lift it up). It needs to almost double in volume - which will take about 6 minutes in a stand mixer.

2 Lightly fold in all the other ingredients. Leave to stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, brush the madeleine tray with melted butter, leave to set, then dust with a little flour, knocking out any excess.

3 Preheat the oven to 200c/Fan 180c/Gas Mark 6.

4 Gently spoon the madeleine batter into the moulds and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cook in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Mix the icing sugar with the cordial and lemon juice until you have a smooth pipeable icing. Divide into 4 and make them different colours with food colouring. Spoon into small piping bags and cut off the tips so they pipe nice and thin.

5 Pipe the icing over the madeleines to create patterns.

6 Use a couple of cocktail sticks inserted into the base of each balloon and skewer into flapjack squares to make them into hot air balloons.

Recipe courtesy of

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