Madeleines for Everyone!
'Tis the season for sharing. Despite the best intentions to try new recipes for caramel with fleur de sel and coconut macaroons, I succumbed to tradition this holiday season by making vanilla madeleines as gifts for friends. Even though I doubled the recipe, which I had found in the San Francisco Chronicle's famed food section years ago, I couldn't get around the limitation of having only three madeleine pans. One actually came in a little kid's baking set. Guess which one.
The key to this batter, which was super-easy -- perhaps easier than mixing chocolate chip cookie dough, was the melted butter added in the very last step before spooning the batter into the molds.
Here are the tins before I popped them into the oven.
I ordered a cooling rack from Amazon.com some years ago. But I returned it because I didn't like the way it looked. So superficial of me! I've been using these French-inspired metal trays instead to cool my baked goods.
How many memories are oozing out of your brain upon spying this scallop-shaped madeleine?
I produced 47 madeleines on this round. So only seven of my friends were fortunate enough to receive a little green bag of madeleines for the holidays. I saved 10 for me and Miguelito. This is a breakfast I had a few days ago. The colorful mug holding my Earl gray tea was a souvenir that Miguelito bought for me on his last trip to Cannes, France.