3.2.08

Madeleine- a photo essay.

Elle envoya chercher un de ces gâteaux courts et dodus appelés Petites Madeleines qui semblent avoir été moulés dans la valve rainurée d’une coquille de Saint-Jacques. Et bientôt, machinalement, accablé par la morne journée et la perspective d’un triste lendemain, je portai à mes lèvres une cuillerée du thé où j’avais laissé s’amollir un morceau de madeleine. Mais à l’instant même où la gorgée mêlée des miettes du gâteau toucha mon palais, je tressaillis, attentif à ce qui se passait d’extraordinaire en moi. Un plaisir délicieux m’avait envahi, isolé, sans la notion de sa cause.
-Marcel Proust: A la Recherche du temps perdu-


I got very excited at the idea of baking madeleines for Hilary's 30th birthday party. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it all was. If you can read, you can make these. And boy are these babies crowd pleasers! I think Bruno had ten within minutes of them coming out of the oven.
Zest of 2 Lemons
200 gr butter- melted
4 eggs
200 gr sugar
225 gr flour

Whisk eggs and sugar until frothy. Add lemon zest, flour and butter mixing thouroughly after each ingredient.
Refrigerate the dough for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Butter and flour the madeleine pans.
Fill each cavity to about 2/3 of its' capacity.
Cook for 10-12 minutes
Remove from molds and set onto a cooling rack.
Try to not eat them all.
Makes 3 dozen.
They taste even better when little helping hands have sprinkle in egg shells!

1 comment:

Stef said...

I'm definetely trying these out this weekend. Oh and by the way, I could just eat up those little hands.