I had never heard of magdalenes until very recently when I stumbled on a simple recipe online. Then with a little research I found a few more recipes. It wasn't until I came across this version with citrus and pistachio that I was completely sold. You can actually swap out the mandarins for regular old oranges, or any other flavor of citrus you prefer. The same thing with the nuts. I've been going a little crazy with the pistachios every since I was able to find some unsalted ones here in Fairbanks. I was thinking an orange, hazelnut combination might be nice. What about lime and macademia nut? Meyer lemon and pine nuts? The combinations are endless. What's your favorite nut and citrus pairing?
Mandarin and Pistachio Magdalenas
1 cup cake flour, sifted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour,sifted
1 small pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting the cakes
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup fresh mandarin juice
1/2 cup olive oil, choose one that is light in flavor
1/3 cup of slightly toasted pistachios, chopped fine
2 teaspoons grated mandarin zest
Combine flours, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Place eggs in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat until foamy. Add the sugar, continue beating at high speed until pale yellow, about 5 minutes.
Combine heavy cream, mandarin juice and olive oil in a bowl with a spout or a large measuring cup. In three additons alternate between adding the flour and the liquid ingredients to the mixer. Thoroughly incorporate ingredients between each addition. Stir in the pistachios and mandarin zest. Cover batter with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 12 standard muffin cup papers on a baking sheet.
Stir the batter before filling muffin papers. Make sure to fill no more than halfway full or the batter will run out of the liner and on to the pan. Use an extra liner or two if needed.
Bake until the cakes are light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Do not overbake as the cakes will become dry. Let cool for about 20 minutes. Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar. I found them to be quite good the next day when stored in an airtight container overnight.