It’s funny how you can be intrigued by something as soon as you see it and madeleines, that small cake like cookie (or is it a cookielike cake??) were just the thing I was dying to make. I can’t even remember where I first saw it to be honest. It had been simmering in the back of my mind for a while but I was missing the correct shape of baking tin. And while I am sure you could bake it in another form, it just wouldn’t be right without that tell tale shell like shape, now would it?
So I had to have the tin. I asked one for christmas and I got one, but with tiny, tiny shapes, more suitable for making chocolates then proper madeleines (which are not big to begin with) So only this week did I manage to score the proper baking ‘tin’. It’s not really a tin as I could only find a silicon mold. I did understand from various people that I should be baking these in metal forms rather then the silicon ones, but I had to do with what I could find right? I had already more then spend my budget on kitchen supplies this week so finding another mold was just a no-go… 🙂 (truth be told, had I found one, I would probably have bought it, regardless of budget!)
I love buying kitchen supplies! I bought a new frying pan plus we wanted to buying new cooking pans as well. The stuff we have does the job, but it’s old and rather bad quality and starts to slowly fall apart, so it was really time for getting some proper pans. It’s the thing we do use most, so a worthy investment… 🙂 Anyway, I am straying from the story of the madeleines…
So I got the silicon mold, terribly orange in color… Why do they make these things in orange? I mean; seriously… there are much better colors out there!! I do think that metal will probably brown them a little bit better then the silicon did, but overall I do think they look pretty. I got the recipe from 101 cookbooks and you can find the original here
I was told that the secret to real madeleines was to make sure that the recipe included ‘burnt butter’ and so I found one that had. It does give the cakes a distinct flavor so I would definitely keep that in. I wanted to try a base recipe for my first madeleines but I can already see how good they would be with a lovely glaze of lemon or chocolate and I saw this great recipe for chocolate madeleines on Martha Stewarts website that I will definitely be trying out next!
In the meantime; here is the recipe that I used! (original from 101 cookbooks)