Friday, August 5, 2011

An Elegant Confection...Delicious!

Madeleines are truly the perfect elegant confection, in my opinion.  They are also very versatile as they may be baked in many delicious flavors.  This particular recipe is my favorite!  It has the perfect level of sweetness and lemon, and we  have found these to be perfect at any time or event.  (I enjoyed two at breakfast this morning!)


This cookie launched a thousand memories—and a literary masterpiece—for Marcel Proust. The group enjoys madeleines with tea, just as the narrator did in Swann's Way.
Yield: Makes about 20
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Pinch of salt
1 cup all purpose flour
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly

Powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter and flour pan for large madeleines (about 3 x 1 1/4 inches).* Using electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl just to blend. Beat in vanilla, lemon peel and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Gradually add cooled melted butter in steady stream, beating just until blended.
Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 16 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)
Dust cookies with powdered sugar.
*A metal mold with scallop-shaped indentations, sold at cookware stores.

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I am also making very good progress on my current hooked rug (a Kelley Belfast design) and hope to post a picture in a day or two.  We all LOVE Kelley's designs, and this one is great!  I adapted it from one of her punchneedle designs from her newest booklet.

The Rose of Sharon in my back yard is covered with beautiful flowers (and a few Japanese beetles), and we snapped a few pictures this week.

Hope you have a great week!!  Linda


  1. Linda ~
    Those sound yummy!
    Looking forward to seeing pics of your latest rug!
    Pug hugs :)

  2. Thanks, Lauren! I love the way the rug is turning out!


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