February 14, 2019
Madeleines are one of the most traditional French cookies. They are most similar to sponge cakes, but have are firmer in texture. They were supposedly invented in the 18 c. when a young servant decided to prepare her grandmother’s recipe in order to save an official dinner from catastrophe! Indeed, the chef had gotten into a fight with the head servant, and had left the castle with the dessert that was supposed to be served that night. Baked in scallop shells, these cookies received a great deal of appreciation and were name “Madeleine” for that young servant’s name. These delicate treats are perfect served with tea or coffee for a delicious winter snack.
Ingredients (for 8-10 people)1 stick, butter (Kerrygold brand is best for baking)7/8 cup, flour1/2 tbsp, baking powder2 eggs3 tbsp, almond meal1/2 cup, sugar1 tsp, natural vanilla extract
1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F.2. Melt the butter slowly on the stove. Remove from the stove once melted.3. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and almond meal together.4. In another bowl, slowly mix the eggs with the sugar and natural vanilla extract. Continue to mix with a spatula for the batter until the batter whitens a bit.5. Using a strainer, add the mix of flour, baking powder, and almond meal into the batter. 6. Add the melted butter into the previous mix, and use a whisk until the batter is homogeneous.
7. Butter the madeleines pan (skip if using a silicon mold), and fill with the batter about 2/3 all the way up.
8. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Use a knife to check if the madeleines are ready. If the knife comes out clear, the madeleines are baked.
9. Remove the madeleines from the pan and let them cool a bit before enjoying.
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Recipe from Bonne Maman.