Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Spiced Madeleines

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Ah, the Madeleine. Is is it a cake? Is it a cookie? I guess you could say it's a cake-y cookie. And it's a classic--you can't argue with Proust. The thing is, they're not so hard to make and you will look so darned sophisticated if you give a few of these away.

Since I can't seem to get cardamom out of my system, I've decided to spice up my Madeleines just a bit. Although you will need a Madeleine pan (you can find one at most kitchen stores), I think you will find that they are pretty easy to make. This recipe makes just 12 little cakes...a perfect amount, since they should be eaten while they are fresh.

Spiced Madeleines (adapted from Epicurious)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon (melted) for greasing pan
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; use a pastry brush to butter a 12 mold Madeleine pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, spices, and a pinch of salt.

Whisk together sugars and eggs until well-combined. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined, then stir in remaining butter (6 tablespoons) until just incorporated. Spoon batter into molds, filling them about two thirds full. Bake 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake until springy to the touch and edges are lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn out onto a rack and cool 15 minutes. Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar.

I've discovered these are a great dunking cookie cake...plus my pinkie automatically sticks out when I clutch my teacup.

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  1. I'm cardamom obsessed. So, naturally, I need to make these RIGHT NOW!

    Happy day #2!

  2. How pretty are those, love the spices in them!!

  3. I just happen to have a madeline pan....

  4. Fab recipe. I would love the loaf pan

  5. Love the cardamom in your Madeleines, Cathy! We lived in France for three years, way back when, so I not only have pans to make the normal size but the little ones as well.

  6. How much 6 tablespoons of butter would make in cups or grams?

  7. I can almost smell the spices already, these look really delicious!

  8. I would choose red please!!!