i did it! my first home made madeleines came out very delicious! i'm so happy about that! i've always thought (and i've always been told) that baking madeleines by yourself must be a diffcult task but it wasn't (or maybe i was lucky this time;). the only problem is that i still don't have a professional madeleines pan... i just can't find it anywhere here in italy... i used disposable pans and they are ok, but the form is a little bit different from vrai madeleines... i need to go to paris to get the pan - now i have another good reason to go!
madeleine is a cake with a history according to this website "some sources, including the New Oxford American Dictionary, say madeleines may have been named for a 19th century pastry cook, Madeleine Paulmier, but other sources have it that Madeleine Paulmier was a cook in the 18th century for Stanisław Leszczyński, whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her. The Larousse Gastronomique offers two conflicting versions of the Madeleine's history. Madeleines were chosen to represent France in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006." wow, stanislaw leszczynski was polish! is there something about us polish that makes us love madeleines??
anyways, let's go to work! if you hurry up you can have your madeleines ready for breakfast...yummy with honey or orange marmelade...
you will need (for 20 madeleines):
-170 g (6 oz.) of sugar
-170 g (6 oz.) of flour
-2 teaspoons of baking soda
-180g (6,3 oz.) of butter
preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F). melt the butter on a small fire and leave for cooling. mix the egs with sugar with the electric mixer for about 8-10 minutes. add slowly flour and baking soda and mix well again. add melted (and cool) butter and mix again. according to some recipes it's better to put the mixter in the fridge for at least 2 hours before baking - to be honest i didn't do that (because i was hurry and... hungry). butter well your madeleines pans (if you use silicon or disposable pans butter is not needed) and fill them with the mixture up to the edges. put in the hot oven (the temperature is very important in order to make the madeleines grow fastly) for 10 minutes. take away from the oven and pull out of shapes immediately. leave for cooling and enjoy, enjoy!