Monday, 21 September 2009

Traditional Madeleines


This months I was paired with What's for Supper? And looking throught all her delicoius posts I came across this Madelines, which she made from Dorie Greenspan book.

I too have the book but I have never made this as I don't have a madelin pan and I thought this is a good excuse to buy one. And I am so glad that I bought the pan as these beautiful cookies/cakes were really delicous.


According to Dorie Greenspan Madelins are among the most recognizable pastries in the French repertoire because of their look.

Traditional Madeleines

Source: Dorie Greenspan, Baking: From My Home to Yours
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Working in a mixer bowl, or in a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the eggs to the bowl.
Working with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed until pale, thick and light, 2 to 3 minutes.

Beat in the vanilla. With a rubber spatula, very gently fold in the dry ingredients, followed by the melted butter. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours, or for up to 2 days.

This long chill period will help the batter form the hump that is characteristic of madeleines. (For convenience, you can spoon the batter into the madeleine molds, cover and refrigerate, then bake the cookies directly from the fridge; see below for instructions on prepping the pans.)

GETTING READY TO BAKE:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter 12 full-size madeleine molds, or up to 36 mini madeleine molds, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Or, if you have a nonstick pan (or pans), give it a light coating of vegetable cooking spray. If you have a silicone pan, no prep is needed. Place the pan(s) on a baking sheet.

Spoon the batter into the molds, filling each one almost to the top. Don’t worry about spreading the batter evenly, the oven’s heat will take care of that. Bake large madeleines for 11 to 13 minutes, and minis for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are golden and the tops spring back when touched.
Remove the pan(s) from the oven and release the madeleines from the molds by rapping the edge of the pan against the counter. Gently pry any recalcitrant madeleines from the pan using your fingers or a butter knife. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool to just warm or to room temperature.

If you are making minis and have more batter, bake the next batch(es), making certain that you cool, then properly prepare the pan(s) before baking.

Just before serving, dust the madeleines with confectioners’ sugar.

Storing:
Although the batter can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, the madeleines should be eaten soon after they are made. You can keep them overnight in a sealed container, but they really are better on day 1. If you must store them, wrap them airtight and freeze them; they’ll keep for up to 2 months.

62 comments:

Sharmila said...

They look so yummy! I am so interested in making cookies these days ... guess will give this a try. :-)

Purva Desai said...

They look scrumptious and perfect tea time snack

Cham said...

I love madeleine and don't have pan. May be time to get one soon... Very pretty!

Gloria said...

Happy Cook I love madeleines!! And these look specially yummy!! xgloria

Chef Jeena said...

Beautiful madeleines I love the golden colour and the use of zest yum!

chakhlere said...

OMG!! That looks so delish!! Yummmmmm. Grt work.

Soma said...

How pretty! Just the shape & the pattern of the madelines make me wanna take a bite:-)

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Elra said...

Beautiful and perfect madeleines. I really like this cute and classic treat.

Elra said...

Beautiful and perfect madeleines. I really like this cute and classic treat.

Sireesha said...

Lovely step by step pics and superb and Gr8 recipe...

Cakelaw said...

These are so cute Happy Cook - I love madeleines.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Absolutely gorgeous... Great cookies, want 1 too..

Maria said...

What cute cookies!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I have always wanted to make madelines, but have yet to get the pans to bake them...yours look great!

Sumi said...

wonderful madelines...after seeing our post, thinking of buying a pan myself ..I think its worth.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

These Madeleines...looks absolutely delicious...have come out perfect..

5 Star Foodie said...

These madeleines look scrumptious!

Prathibha said...

They look absolutely delicious..never tasted them..

Chitra said...

Looks superb, never heard of this ..new to me..

Pavithra said...

Oh i love madeleines so much... looks so good and perfect too..

Aparna said...

Beautiful madeleines. I've always wanted to make some but can't find the moulds here. They're on my wishlist when someone comes from abroad. :)
You seem to have quite a collection of cookbooks.

Priya said...

Love madeleines, i was planning to buy madeleines moulds, yet to get them..Gorgeous madeleines HC..

Parita said...

Oh these look so cute :)

Miri said...

These look feathery light !!!

sowmya.s said...

they have come out so good...beautiful HC

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Looks great! I need to get myself a madeleine mould ;-)

rekhas kitchen said...

yummmm looks crisp and so tempting nice recipe

jayasree said...

Looks gorgeous..

indosungod said...

I admire the looks and the taste of the cookies. They look so good HC.

Lavi said...

Wow..They are so Perfect HC! love the last pic.

Varunavi said...

Looks so yummy,new to me

Mallugirl said...

I think i need to taste drive these goodies!

s said...

such a great snack..its turned out beautifully too..nice shape and all...love to bake cookies and this look good

Srivalli said...

F, those are good, love the shape, you sure bake such lovely ones, you should've made these for us..:)))

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Sweetie Pie said...

Madeleines are so yummy, and yours look perfect! I've been trying to find a good excuse to buy a madeleine pan myself. I may just decide to buy one to celebrate something random like... oh, I don't know... a Wednesday?... a work out?.. getting to work without spilling my coffee?... :-)

Helene said...

They are beautiful, you did so well.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Those are so lovely. Am I the only food blogger who doesn't have a madeleine pan?

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Lovely pictures,love the second one a lot!!

Ivy said...

It seems that I don't have a madeleine pan either. They look beautiful.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Oh I love your madeleines F. They are gorgeous & make me wish I had a madeleine tray! The DS recipe sounds so good!

Angie's Recipes said...

Perfect shaped madeleines look just heavenly.

Angie's Recipes

Muneeba said...

Absolutely ADORE madeleines .. my fav cookies! I haven't found a madeleine pan in any of my neighborhood stores yet, but I think I'll just go online & buy it!

Pam said...

I've never made Madeleines but I love to eat them. Yum.

Bong Mom said...

I don't know much about madeleine, wasn't this the little French Girl in the book

NĂºria said...

Here in Spain we call them Magdalenas and they look like little muffins. Yours stand absolutely perfect :D

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

HC, these madeleines are beautiful. I love them. Sadly, I don't have a madeleine pan, but hope to purchase one soon so that I can try out your recipe.

Poornima Nair said...

I too have been planning to buy this pan for such a long time now. The madeleines look awesome, they have turned out great.

Vaishali said...

I always loved madeleines and you've got me all excited about trying out a vegan version soon. How lovely they look!

Barbara said...

Nothing better than a good madeleine and Dorie's recipe ought to be the best. I tried a pine nut madeleine a couple weeks ago- will post results soon.

Irina @ PastryPal said...

I also don't have a pan (these tiny New York kitchens have no storage space!) but will probably break down and get one since I love madelines so much. You've just reminded me.

Karine said...

Your madelaines look wonderful! Thanks for sharing :)

Pari said...

hi this is my first visit to your blog, and I am happy to visit it. The madeleines look perfect, I am not sure if we get the pan here, but I am happy looking at them and value your efforts.
Do find time to explore my space, and kindly leave me note, so that I know u visited.Once again congrats on the good job done.
take care

Raje said...

Very inviting snack, Lovely blog. Take a look at mine when you have a chance.

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

I love buttery madeleines. I could heat a whole tray. Check my version, I have some tricks to get the characteristical bump at http://www.phamfatale.com/cat_487/tag_madeleine/

lissie said...

yummy madeleines! sounds so delicious... plz send some over to me!

petite nyonya said...

I would love to try making madeleines someday. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Barbara Bakes said...

I love a recipe that is also a good excuse to buy something new! They look perfect!

Nags said...

these are very common in singapore as a traditional snack :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

this is yummy happycook.. :) so tempting n perfect in shape.. :)