You need not lift your nose in the air, nor raise your pinkie finger whilst pronouncing
them, but a lovely French treat such as this one deserves at least a lift of the tongue
Pastries, tea cakes, cookies, just a few examples of the names given to this light
and dainty treasure. Said to have originated in Northeastern France, this shell-shaped
sponge cake has traveled far to become a favorite in many countries.
Come along, and I will show you how easy it is to create dainty pastries in little time
with little more than a few ingredients and a Madeleine pan.
Step 1: A specialty pan is necessary...
silicone, tin, tinned steel, aluminum, etc.
Prices may vary, but my mini pan was $18.00. Now, before you balk and
scoff, consider the last time you ate dinner in a restaurant. All that was left of
that meal is, well, sailing to sea about this time, shall we say. If you had invested in
a pan, you would still have the pan, and you would be making Madeleines
by now, yes? So let us go shopping!
The pans are available from a number of manufacturing companies as well as countries.
Gobel, Freshware, Chicago Metallic, Norpro, Kaiser, Freshware, Fox Run, Fat Daddios, Fantes,
Williams-Sonoma, Silikomart, SCI/Scandicrafts, Inc. Wilton, Frieling, R & M, Martha Stewart, Lekue,
Paderno World Cuisine, Ebay, Zenker, Matfer Bourgeat, Eurodib, Amazon, Flexipan, HIC Brands
That Cook Essentials, DeBuyer Elastomoule, and so forth. Who did I miss?
Feel free to scour second hand stores, but I have yet to see a
single pan in all of my adventures over the years.
Don't forget to support your small town vendors, too! Check your area for kitchen or specialty shops.
A quick phone call may lead to a short jaunt that could end up a wonderful way to spend a day. My
sweet husband purchased the pans for me during a getaway weekend to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Thank you, Carol, of Tummy Ticklers Kitchen Shop.
Cavity counts vary as well. I've seen many, including 6, 9, 12, 16, 18, 20, 44, even a 100 count pan!
One pan is wonderful. Two is a dream. Three is, well, just fabulous. Don't fret if you only have one pan.
No problem. Simply cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter.