6.7.11

{Magdalenas} Simply Irresistible Aromas and a Thank you to a Talented Writer

Magdalenas, Spanish Cakes, recipe, delightful, lemony flavor, Argenitna, al dente gourmet blog

Magdalenas are another sweet memory from my childhood. I wanted to share a savory recipe today but I changed my mind right after feelings from the past were revived again. You see; reading beautiful thoughts from talented people that share their stories could certainly make forgotten thoughts and emotions come back to life. Indeed! I was moved and inspired after reading Rosa’s lovely-sweet post about her grandmother. Thank you, Rosa. You brought me back many wonderful memories of my grandmother too!

After reading such inspiring thoughts, I started remembering many things about my grandmother, my days as a child, the tasteful and satisfying ‘Meriendas’ 'afternoon snacks' that I enjoyed so much when coming back from school and... Magdalenas!


Where I come from, Merienda is often served with a hot or cold beverage, like tea, mate, milk or cafe con leche, depending on the weather and is always served with biscuits, toasted french bread well buttered and spread with dulce de leche on top, alfajores... and among many other bites with ‘’Magdalenas’’. As a child having these sweet cakes for the merienda made the afternoon simply perfect! They are a classic in Argentina, and every boy and girl experience this heavenly taste while growing up. Eating 'magdalenas' is almost  mandatory palate work as a child :)

But even though these little cute cakes look similar in shape to the famous cupcakes they are very different in taste and texture from the cupcakes.I could say that the taste and texture are a combination between a moist cupcake, a light muffin and a fluffy cookie with a sweet lemony flavor. I’m not sure if you could imagine the flavor of these little cakes after this description of mine… {Loud Laugh} 

So I could not let another day go by without making some Magdalenas. I poured a few ingredients into a bowl, bake for twenty five minutes and voila, beautiful homemade Magdalenas. And yes, I ate more than one!


Have a wonderful and colorful week ahead!


Lemony Magdalenas, Argentinian style, recipe, easy, flavorful


Magdalenas
Sweet Lemony Little Cakes
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These are wonderful and easy to make. In addition I want to mention that the texture of these cakes are very different from other cakes --like muffins or cupcakes-- They are spongy- fluffy and soft.

1 ¾ C. Raising Flour
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ C. Sugar**
Zest of 1 Large Lemon*
4 Medium eggs
200 ml/ 7 oz. canola oil
¼ C. Whole milk

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 200C/ 392F. In a medium bowl add flour and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl add eggs, sugar, lemon zest and milk-- mix well and pour this mixture to the flour. Add oil and using an electric mixer beat for a couple of minutes until all ingredients are well combined. Spoon a little more than half the mixture into muffin cases and sprinkle with a little or a lot of sugar on top. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Let the magdalenas cool completely and serve. 

** You can always add more sugar to the mixture preparation. I only used 1/4 cup sugar because I use sugar to sprinkle the magdalenas on top as well. And this amount of sugar suite my taste. 

* To enhance lemon flavor simply add more lemon zest plus a 1/4 tsp lemon juice.


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29 comments:

Barbara said...

Those look marvelous and the lemon zest exactly the right touch. I'll be making these for my next garden club meeting.

Beth said...

What lovely cakes, and a beautiful tribute.

Junia said...

i ate magdalenas when i was in spain!! didn't realize how simple and easy they were!!! they look PERFECT. love those muffin tops there!

Ruth said...

I love magdalenas, and these look perfectly light and risen. They remind me of growing up.

I also love that fabric you've used for your table! Too cute!

Now Serving said...

you are breaking my resolve to get back in shape with those beauties!!! :) simply irresistible!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thank you 'Beautiful People'-Happy you all liked these babies!

Hugs,

Aldy.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm glad my post has inspired you!

Those Magdalenas are so pretty and tempting! What a fabulous speciality. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,

Rosa

kankana said...

This is blogging does to us. As life comes our way we forget few things and then as we blog hop we come across recipes and we re-live certain moments :)
This is delicious looking cupcake and I love cake with lemon.

Martina said...

These look absolutely yummy - and i sure they taste great too! Love your style and photos here, so neat! Have a fun thursday :)

Mary said...

What a lovely treat. These look wonderful and the hint of lemon probably makes them sublime. I really like this recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Erika said...

Como olvidarse se las magdalenas. Yo también las comía de chica , aunque como buena golosa que soy a mi me gustaban las rellenas de dulce de leche.
Gracias por los datos del ruibarbo! Voy a ver si lo consigo.
Cariños

Maureen said...

What yummy lemony deliciousness! They look good enough to eat. I'd like to. :)

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Whoaa... so perfectly round on top! These magdalenas look so delicious!!! Inside is perfectly moist. I love your food styling and photography. Always excited to visit your blog to see what's new!

Sonia said...

Hi There, This is looking absolutely delightful. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Its always fun to see ur appetizing recipes. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a wonderful week ahead….Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

Mimi said...

What a lovely little treat.
Mimi

Maria said...

These look adorable! I love citrus flavoured cakes!

quicks said...

I just love these little cakes! Mmmmmmm they look so delicate and fluffy...Yummy. CUTE-CUTE-CUTE :)

Gorgeous shots as always!

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Nami,

@ Sonia,

Feeling the love :)Tnx

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Mimi, Thanks! Nice to have you here :)

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Maria,

@ quicks,

Thank you very much!!!

Hugs :)

Juliana said...

Aldy, these magdalenas look so elegant, light and fluffy. I love the touch of lemon. Beautiful pictures and lovely tribute.
Have a wonderful week ahead :-)

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

These magdalenas look so perfect - similar to ones we get in the bakeries- soft, fluffy & perfectly risen from baking! You are one talented baker! I hear ya on food reviving memories- happens with me all the time!
- Love Tanvi :)

Al Dente Gourmet said...

@ Tanvi, Glad I'm not the only one to be thinking about childhood memories <3

Hugs,

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Those look so light and lovely and the way you've described them as an afternoon snack that every child enjoys reminds me of French madeleines.

Katie said...

Almost too pretty to eat! :)

Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris said...

Si, las magdalenas para la hora de "tomar la leche" !! hermoso recuerdo..Me encantaron las servilletas al crochet!
Besitos,
Cristina

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Thanks for the lovely feedback...Beautiful People <3

Aldy.

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Aldy dearest,

WOW. You have blown me away with your FABULOUS recipes and photos to accompany them. I am walking away rather stuffed from the table!!!! AND THANK YOU for your visit and comments! Many people stop by but don't comment. I love to chat! As your season for fun in the sun starts up, ours is winding down...I return to my classroom after a summer break but these recipes offer some lovely ideas for those cold nights coming to us!

Enjoy your day! Anita