Tuesday, April 16

Madeleines

Tuesday with Dorie

Contributing Baker: Flo Braker

When I made Dorie's Honey-Spiced Madeleines a few years ago I was certain that I would make madeleines often after that because I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to make, but for some reason I never got around to making them again until they appeared on this week's Tuesday with Dorie/Baking with Julia schedule. This recipe was so different from Dorie's because you use a ladyfinger génoise batter which gives them a sponge cake taste and texture.


When I made the French Strawberry Cake with the group last year it was the first time I had made génoise and I didn't have a lot of success with it, so this time I decided to use a hand mixer to whip my eggs and egg yolks so I could feel when it was at the right consistency and I can say that it made so much difference. I am going to make that cake again now that I have had success with these madeleines. The only thing I did differently from the madeleine recipe was I let the batter rest for about ten minutes before giving it a gentle stir and spooning it into the madeleine molds. Mine baked in 10 minutes.


My family gobbled these up, but I have to say I was less enamored with them because I prefer more of a buttery, tender crumb texture in a madeleine. Of the two recipes that I have made so far, I prefer Dorie's recipe over this one. I am glad that I made these, however, and now I won't be so intimidated when a recipe calls for génoise batter. 

Katie and Amy of Counter Dog are the hosts this week. You can see their pretty madeleines and the recipe over on their blog.

24 comments:

  1. Elaine, very pretty looking madeleines and so nice to read that your family really enjoyed them. And you are right, it was nice making a génoise agian and it reminded me to bake that wonderful strawberry cake again. So many recipes, so little time. And you are also right, Dorie´s version is more buttery and dense, my kids loved both versions, but they love all madeleines.
    Love that pretty flowery cake plate that you used!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  2. Perfectly beautiful madeleines, Elaine!! How nice that your family enjoyed and gobbled them up! I love when that happens!! I served mine along with the financiers we made last week, at my granddaughters party….they disappeared so quickly and were enjoyed by all. I also prefer Dories recipe to this one.
    Have a great day!!

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  3. I agree. I've had better Madeleines. These seem better suited fof ladyfingers. Great post!

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  4. I definitely have to try Dorie's version. Yours look so pretty and I love, love, love your plate!

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  5. Your madeleines look lovely, and that strawberry cake from last year sounds amazing!

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  6. Your madeleines look perfect!!!! Much better than mine!!!
    I totally agree, they taste more like ladyfingers than madeleines, so it's not too bad, it'll be a good base for dessert!!!

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  7. I am going to have to look for a Madeleine pan. They are so cute!

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  8. Agreed - definitely prefer Dorie's version. However, I am confident these will make lovely ladyfingers when the time comes.

    Your Madeleines look like they came out perfectly.

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  9. So glad you conquered the genoise batter...how far we've come on this journey with Dorie!!! Your madeleines look perfect...but I think most of use preferred the FFwD version.

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  10. Lovely looking tea cakes! It's nice feeling when homemade goods get gobbled up!

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  11. They look so soft and crumby! :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Elaine, beautiful madeleines...I yet have to try to bake this beauties...but need to get the pan first.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

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  13. We enjoyed these, too, but I have to admit that I'm a fan of Dorie's version over this recipe. What I'm really pleased about is that the genoise went so much better than it did for the strawberry cake. I might follow your lead and try the cake again, once local strawberries are in season.

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  14. I liked Dorie's recipe better too, but these were ok. Your mads are very pretty.

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  15. Yes, I remember having difficulty with that batter as well. I think I made it twice to get it right!

    Glad your family enjoyed these as much as mine did.

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  16. Elaine - these look wonderfully light and deliicous! Funny, I actually like MS's lemon madeleines the best. These were good but something seemed amiss! Glad you conquered genoise!!!

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  17. Awesome! I'm sure your cake will look as beautiful and as tasty as your madeleines! I never had madeleines before, but I too would prefer buttery cookies. I'll have to try the french table version sometime. Thanks!

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  18. my daughters favorite, I'll be making this thanks Elaine : ) hope all is great with you. Xo

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  19. That's funny - I thought I would be making madeleines all the time too, but haven't since we made the FFWD ones! These look delicious, but I think I would prefer a more buttery crumb too.

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  20. I'm crving for this...
    really great mandeleines bites,
    i wish i had the mould later on...

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  21. Hi Elaine, I’ve been missing you and wanted to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! Hope all is well.

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