Thursday, March 5, 2009

Madeleines & Tea

"An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses....When could it have come to me, this all-powerful joy?" Marcel Proust wondered in Remembrace of Things Past, taking tea and enjoying the French confection the madeleine.

French Madeleine Recipe:
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cups cake flour sifted
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lemon, zest of or orange, zest of
confectioners' sugar (dusting)

Beat eggs until light in yellow color; add sugar, butter, vanilla, zest and continue mixing.

Sift flour and baking powder and add to wet ingredients and mix well.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Place a tablespoon of batter of well-greased madeleine mold (we got ours at William Sonoma)

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until light golden in color

Turn out madeleines and cool

Dust with confectioners' sugar

Serve (makes 24 madeleines)

Once you first taste the madeleine you will have an unforgettable experience of sensuality, one that might make more dressed up pastries pale in comparison. You may want to dip these lovelies into tea to induce their heavenly lightness.

"Teach me they way O Lord and lead me in a plain path." Psalm 27:11

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