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French Madeleines - Miniature and Traditional

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One of the many things I have longed to bake at some point in my life - Madeleines.
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
in pronunciation.

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.
 
 
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Step 1: A specialty pan is necessary...

Madeleine pans come in a variety of materials including, but not limited to
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.

rnurnberger4 months ago
Omg I just love your humor! I swear it was like reading something I would have written.. scary but very entertaining AND I found this awesome recipe for these little breakfast cakes I could never seem to find under"Google search"... I'm am recovering on my 5th day of spinal fusion so all I can do is lay here and scroll the internet... your page seem just the ticket to keep me motivated to do what I like to do..cook..and eat of course.. thank you for posting a very colorful way to make such a great breakfast treat. Happy holidays!! -Robyn
WUVIE (author)  rnurnberger4 months ago
Robyn, spinal fusion?? Oh my gosh, that is awful, I am so sorry to hear that! I am glad, however, to hear you are in happy spirits and searching the internet for fun things. May you heal quickly, and correctly, and soon be on your way back to the kitchen! If they would keep through the mail, I would gladly bake a set of Madeleines just for you!

Best wishes!

Karen
mguer1331 year ago
Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is very clearly explained and illustrated.

I do have to stress, however (being French and all) that the original madeleine recipe contains what is called "fleur d'Oranger" in French.

I believe it is called Orange flower water, or orange blossom water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_flower_water

The distinctive taste might even date back from the middle ages when orange blossom water was used in a lot of mediterranean countries.

Enjoy, Mickaël
WUVIE (author)  mguer1331 year ago
Hello Mickaël,

Thank you so much!

Oh, yes, I have been searching for orange blossom water for some time now.
Unfortunately, we live in a small country area where some people scrunch up their noses at fine food.

I have been waiting for an opportunity to visit the better grocery stores in Tulsa, but our weather has been very oppressive lately. Perhaps soon. It would be more fun to find it in person than to order on the internet. Besides, it would give me an opportunity to look for other goodies!

:-) Karen
WVSundown1 year ago
Wuvie, You're a hoot! I enjoyed reading your instructions as much as I will probably enjoy making the Madeleines! Now to find a pan . . .
WUVIE (author)  WVSundown1 year ago
Hello WV, and thank you so much!
I hope you are able to find a pan. :-)
Me too! I'm a fan of yours on DG, but as Sundownr.
WUVIE (author)  WVSundown1 year ago
Oh my gosh, how much fun is that? A DG member, too! Nice to see you here!
ashbegash1 year ago
Awesome recipe!! I LOVE french cooking!
WUVIE (author)  ashbegash1 year ago
Thank you, Ashbegash! I have a BIG stack of French cookbooks to peruse. One recipe at a time. :-)
Good job, Wuvie! We don't have the pan, in fact I've never even heard of Madeleines...go figure.
WUVIE (author)  Creativeman1 year ago
Hi Creativeman, thank you! If I could bake and send some your way, i would, but they don't keep very well.
Your instructable was a pleasure to read.
WUVIE (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam1 year ago
Thank you, Selkey! I had much fun writing it, too!
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