Friday, April 17, 2015

| Madeleines |

Since spring has finally sprung in Michigan. It was time to start researching simple and fresh recipes that would coincide with this wonderful weather. Before I became a designer, I was considering going into the culinary arts, so cooking has always held a near and dear place in my heart. I remember my grandmother and I in the hot summer days, we would bake and bake until we couldn't stop. So all of knowledge of the food world is either from her or the cookbooks that I've purchased. One day many moons ago, I was looking around on Pinterest and I found this picture of these seashell cookies.  I was intrigued because they seemed so different. I knew I had to give these a go. I went to my local TJMAXX and found a pan that was similar to the picture and rushed home to start baking.  I don't make these often but when I do they hardly last. When I tell my friends that "madeleines are coming out of the oven as we speak" I usually hear a knocking at my door. So here's the recipe that I've used for the past couple of years! Enjoy and Bon Appetit"

  • Step 1: First things first. To prevent your madeleines from cracking or breaking, you need to heavily grease your pan. Cooking spray or oil works best. 
  • Step 2: Then preheat your oven to 375 degrees farenheit.
The ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cups sugar 
1 tablespoon of vanilla 
1 tablespoon lemon zest 
1 tablespoon orange zest   
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice 
3 large and or farm raised eggs 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1 cup all purpose flour
1 pinch of salt

  • Step 3: Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. It'll have soft cream color to it. 
  • Step 4: Add the vanilla extract, zests, and lemon juice 
  • Step 5: Set your mixer to a low speed and add your 3 eggs one by one until they're completely mixed into the batter. 
  • Step 6: Set your mixer to a high speed for 5-6 minutes until the batter is light and fluffy. This gives the cookies the airy crispness that is oh so appealing when you take the first bite.
  • Step 7: In a separate bowl mix together the baking powder, flour, and salt.
  • Step 8: Grab a spatula and take your mixer out of the batter. Fold in the dry ingredients until incorporated. Pro-tip: Do this lightly or you will lose the airy out of the batter. And don't over mix. 
  • Step 9: Scoop the batter into a piping bag and or a ziploc bag and pipe into greased pan. Fill each mold to the top and smooth the batter out. 
  • Step 10: Put the pan in the over and bake for 13 minutes until golden brown.
  • Step 11:  Remove from the pan and put the cookies onto parchment paper and sprinkle with sugar.  If your cookies are still sticking, take a sharp knife and lightly cut around the edges.
And Voila! 

These cookies are perfect for coffee and tea. They're so delicate and fresh and you can't just stop at one!

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe. There will be more to come! Have an amazing weekend! 

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