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Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Madeleine By Any Other Shape


Ahh, Shakespeare, so profound. I wonder if he knew when writing Romeo and Juliet that his literature would hold true in my kitchen so many years later. When Juliet tells Romeo: "Whats in a name? That which we call a madeleine by any other shape would taste as sweet." At least I think thats how it went...

As Daniel isn't a huge chocolate fan, he didn't enjoy the mini-tarts so much and since we bought a considerable amount of assembly-required furniture at IKEA the other night, I thought I'd make him something that he could really enjoy while he assembled two rooms worth of chests of drawers, side tables and a bed. He likes simple flavors, and things coated in powdered sugar. And since I've really been wanting to give that Star shaped pan we picked up a while ago another go, I chose a madeleine recipe. Who cares if my madeleines are stars instead of their signature shape? All the more cute, I say.

I looked for recipes for madeleines, and the common one seems to be a lemon madeleine with a lemon glaze. So, it turned out I chose an untraditional madeleine recipe for my untraditional shape. Are these even madeleines anymore? I'm not sure.

Vanilla Cinnamon Madeleines
adapted from


1 egg
1/2 C Granulated sugar
1/2 C Flour
1/16 Tsp Nutmeg
3/4 of one stick of butter, melted & cooled
1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

Preheat to 350.
In the top of a double boiler, whisk eggs and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture gets lighter in color - beating in as much air as possible. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Stir in the flour and remaining ingredients.
Spray your madeleine (or star-shaped) pan with non-stick spray and fill the wells to about 3/4 full with batter - Don't spread the batter out. Bake until they are lightly golden brown, ~15 minutes. Cool in pan for one minute, then remove to a rack to let cool completely.
Sprinkle in powdered sugar.
One of my baking souvenirs from Italy, a little powdered sugar shake, gets initiated into the kitchen.




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