But I did manage to make this for a friend’s birthday. We popped up with homemade stuff in a crate from the supermarket which we tried to disguise with ivy and hydrangeas from the garden. And since I’ve never met someone who adores meringues to this extent, that was obligatory too. We actually managed to pull off the surprise! And it was worth seeing her look of annoyance at the insistent doorbell turn to utter surprise.
I used this recipe for the chestnut flour madeleines but substituted almond meal for hazelnut. And discover that kefir—or buttermilk, I suppose—makes scones that remain tender even the next day.