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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Honey Pecan Madeleines

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Little french scallop-shaped tea cakes, or Madeleines, are delicate little sponge cake-cookies made for enjoying with a nice glass of tea, preferably while you're sitting at a sweet little bistro table at a café in France. However, I'm not lucky enough to be in France right now. In fact, I'm cramming this post in in-between doing homework, writing papers, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and working. Not exactly like nibbling on madeleines while on vacation in Europe. But taking a bite of one of these yummy little cookies is enough to keep me going through completing my final paper. I can just close my eyes and pretend the research journals in front of me are actually the headlines of a French newspaper and that my desk is a café table in the French riviera. Ok, maybe they're not that good, but they're as close as any baked good is to transporting me to the Mediterranean.

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Since hazelnuts are absolutely no where to be found in Central Florida right now, I used pecans instead. I couldn't find Chestnut honey either, so I subbed in clover honey. As you'll notice my madeleines don't have that traditional shell-like shape. I don't have a madeleine pan, but I did have some cute little star pans. When those were full, I baked the rest of the batter in mini-muffin pans.

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That's Dan's hand helping me. :) These really were quite yummy. Pecans were a nice flavor, but I'd still like to try these again with Hazelnuts and maybe even Almonds, too. Thanks for the selection, Debbie! These are helping me survive writing my papers. Visit Debbie's blog, Café Chibita, for the original recipe mine were adapted from. And click here to see the list of this week's participants and visit their blogs to see their adaptations on Sweet Melissa's Chestnut Honey Madeleines.

15 comments:

Candy Girl said...

Love the star shape! I thought these were very good but would be better eaten at a sidewalk cafe overlooking the Cote d'Azur!

Hanaâ said...

The star shaped ones look really cute, and so does the one baked in the mini muffin pan. I made mine with ground almonds and will be posting them later (I have yet to bake them). Wishing you the best of luck with your schoolwork!!

Ingrid said...

Living in FL is tough on us, foodies (or a foodie wanna be in my case. :))

Good luck with the rest of your schooling.
~ingrid

Sweet and Savory said...

They are adorable in the star shapes. They are really nice to have around.

Leslie said...

How cute are these?!? I love the star tins you used.

Julie said...

The star shape is so cute! Good luck with the homework!

margot said...

Don't we all wish we were in France right now? Sounds great. The Madeleines look adorable as stars. It sounds like you definitely needed a wonderful treat like this.

Gloria said...

Your madeleine stars and muffins look fanstastic. A perfect way to take you away to France for a few wonderful moments. I made mine with almonds because that's what I had in the house and I really enjoyed the flavor.

Tracey said...

Your star minis are super cute! I had issues with the baking time and also don't love hazelnuts so they weren't a favorite, but maybe if I'd been in France eating them I'd have enjoyed them more :)

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

oh i just love that star pan! now i have to go find one, as i have a dire obsession with stars! they look great. maybe i'll nibble on one and pretend i'm on vacation just like you ;)

miss said...

Love, love, love the stars!! And the plate...very nicely done :)

Eliana said...

Love the shape of your maddies (as I call them). They look super delish.

cafechibita said...

Thank you for baking along. The star-shaped ones look really cute! :D

rebecca said...

I used toasted almonds and enjoyed them a lot (adding a dash of extract too.)

Star shaped is appealing!

Lucie said...

I love your star-shaped pans! I'd say your madeleines are worth any food trip to Paris--they look delicious!

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