Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

Recipe – Madeleines

I make these delicious cakelike cookies every year for the holidays and they are always a big hit.  I can’t believe Starbucks sells a stale version for $1.95 each.  I’m not sure where I got this recipe anymore as I’ve had it written on an index card for years, and today it is covered with stains from all my baking adventures.  Sometimes I will variate the recipe by adding other flavoring and spices (cardamom, orange zest & Grand Marnier work really well) but this year I left them alone.  Hope you try them and enjoy!!
4 eggs
2/3 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 lb (1 stick) butter – melted & cooled
1 Cup sifted flour
2 tsps lemon zest
Extra melted butter for pan molds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
Lightly brush melted butter onto each mold in the madeleine pan.
In a Kitchen Aid with balloon whisk, beat eggs on low speed while slowly adding the sugar and salt.  Turn mixer to high speed and beat until mixture is ribbony & pale yellow (approx. 10 minutes).  Turn down to low and add vanilla and stir till combined.  Remove bowl from mixer base.  Using a rubber spatula gently fold in the flour until just combined.  Add the cooled, melted butter and fold until incorporated.  Be sure to take the spatula all the way from the bottom up to make sure you get all the butter mixed in since it will sink to the bottom.  Add the lemon zest and complete folding.
Place a tablespoon of batter into buttered molds and bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from mold immediately and cool on wire rack.  Serve sprinkled with powedered sugar or dip narrow end into chocolate.  Makes approximately 24.
Happy Baking for the Holidays!!

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