Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TWD ~ Madeleines

TWD-Baking with Julia Madeleines

This week’s Baking with Julia challenge is for Madeleines.  The contributing baker is Flo Braker. Madeleines and I go way back.  I’ve made dozens of them at one time or another.  I’ve made them for wedding showers and baby showers. I’ve made them for lunch with the ladies, and I’ve made them for a simple dessert, served with ice cream. My favorite way to enjoy madeleines are with a cup of tea.  

They are a classic little French tea cake made with a Génoise batter...spongy, light and elegant. They have been made quite famous by Marcel Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past”.  Because of his words, they will forever be linked together. 

  
Tea anyone?

My first experience with madeleines came after reading about them in Martha Stewart’s cookbook “Entertaining”. They were so cute and I was totally intrigued.  Martha’s recipe is still my favorite for a classic Madeleine. I’ve made several different varieties through the years: lemon, chocolate (which I posted), rose and poppyseed. All of these lovely cakes have one thing in common, they are all delicious! 

For this recipe, I put together the Génoise batter from Baking with Julia. It consists of butter, flour, sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla. I did some online research and found a video of Julia Child and Flo Braker making the Génoise and Madeleines Part 1 and Part 2 .  After your batter is made, immediately fill the prepared Madeleine moulds. Madeleine batter rises quite a bit, so only fill the mould halfway.  I do not flour my moulds.  I find the madeleines come out much better with a double coating of butter.  Brush on melted butter, place the mould in the fridge till it hardens, and then add another layer of butter, refrigerate again. I have never had a problem with sticking. 


I made these cakes last week and froze them as soon as they cooled.  I had plans for those little cakes! We were heading to Long Island for my granddaughters birthday and, I thought these would be a lovely addition to her birthday cake.  So, the morning of her party I took them from the freezer to thaw, sprinkled on a little powdered sugar, and served them at her 9th birthday party!  Happy Birthday, Josie!! They were enjoyed by all!


This recipe made a delicious Madeleines, but I don’t think they were as spongy as others I’ve made. I found them to be a little dry.
Our host this week for TWD: Baking with Julia was Katie and Amy Thisdell of Counter Dog.
The recipe will be posted on their blog.  Happy Tuesday everyone!



The Madeleine mould…buttered
Eggs and sugar beaten together until ribbons form….now fold in the flour mixture and melted butter
Just baked…characteristic humps
Cooling
Delicious and elegant…a perfect tea cake
These had a great texture

Madeleine anyone?

30 comments:

  1. Kathy-'great minds think alike'...just purchase a Madeleine mould from Amazon, and I was eagerly looking forward to making some soon. (thanks for your great suggestion about the uploading for photos)
    Now, it is not needed; my camera totally gave out, where I can't even take decent pictures...just ordered another Canon digital camera from Amazon (favorite place to shop online)

    Your Madeleines are sheer 'heaven'...light as 'pillowy clouds floating in the sky' and so buttery perfect and delicious! Such a great idea to freeze them and take them out just before serving. No wonder you family finished them up in a jiffy!
    Happy Birthday to you lovely granddaughter...my little grandson just recently celebrated his 7th birthday, also!

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  2. They turned out wonderful Kathy! I didn´t have time to put them together, and quite frankly, didn´t bother much since genoise batter sounded too dry for these. There are so many other great recipes. So glad you could enjoy them with your grandkids!

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  3. Kathy, such wonderful and pretty looking French madeleines - so nice to read that they were enjoyed by all at your granddaughters birthday party! We liked them quite a bit as well and did not find them too dry either - very nice presentation Kathy!

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  4. Lovely looking madeleines and your financiers look delightful as well. I have the same Martha Stewart book. I'll have to give her recipe a try sometime.

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  5. We had the most amazing madeleines in Paris. And after seeing your post, I want to try making my own batch. Thank you for sharing with me!

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  6. What a good story, served with beautiful looking madeleines! I will remember your tip about freezing them as soon as they are baked, because I found these cake-cookies became stale very quickly, and then they were never the same...

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  7. Beautiful job, Kathy. They look delicious.

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  8. Great post and your Madeleines look wonderful. This was my first time to make them and I definitely will do it again -- for a special occasion. Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  9. I like the picture with the pouring batter :-)
    Now, I am craving all of those alternate flavored Madeleines!

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  10. Perfect, Kathy! Now I must try Martha's recipe :)

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  11. pretty! nicely done and i love your tea cups!!!

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  12. So pretty! I wasn't able to do it this week, so I'm glad it wasn't the best recipe ever.

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  13. What a lovely treat for Josie's birthday! Although I agree, this is not my favourite madeleine recipe - I like Dorie's better.

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  14. I love those tea cups too! And you got humps! I had them, and then they kind of fell when I dumped the cookies out of the pan. I can't wait to try your chocolate medeleine recipe.

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  15. I, too, found them dry. They seem better suited for ladyfingers.

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  16. Happy Birthday to your granddaughter! I also enjoyed the texture of the cookie more than the taste itself.

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  17. They look so pretty with the dusting of sugar, Kathy, and perfect for your granddaughters birthday. Funny, but I felt mine were too spongy. :)

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  18. Happy birthday to your granddaughter Kathy! The madeleines look so good along with a hot cup of tea!

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  19. You are such a wonderful grandmother!! Final exams are coming up for the semester for my daughter (Madeleine) and these are one of her favorite treats. I think I need to whip up a batch and get a care package in the mail. Although, her father thinks she NEEDS rice krispie treats in every box...I'll use his r.k.treats as the packing filling around the madeleines! ;)

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  20. Gorgeous one of my favorite cookies and books in the whole world.

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  21. I must use my madeleine mould oftener. These madeleine are so beautiful.

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  22. Kathy, these really look wonderful. They are one of my favorite cookies/cake. I hope your day is off to a great start. Blessings...Mary

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  23. Mads look perfect. Mine were a little dry as well.

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  24. Yours look perfect, Kathy, and your teacups are lovely, too. What a nice addition they must have made to the birthday party.

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  25. Your madeleines look lovely, and I love the suggestion of double-coating in butter. I'm going to remember that and try it next time I make a Bundt cake!

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  26. I was thinking when I was making these that I wished they were chocolate. Thanks so much for the recipe for chocolate madeleines - I'm going to give it a try sometime. Also, thanks for the tip on double-buttering the tins. I've never heard of that method.

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  27. Dear Kathy, What nice cookies. These would not last a NY minute! Perfect for a nice cup of coffee or tea. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  28. I love making madeleines -they are such a rewarding cookie and look so impressive, not to mention that taste great! Wonderful photos Kathy-it's nice to see the process of baking such beautiful madeleines;-)
    Happy Birthday to Josie ;-)

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  29. I love those photos Kathy! I think I will look for mould, my husband would enjoy these. I will let you know when I made them.

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  30. Those look absolutely perfect. I can tell you have made them before!

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