Monday, June 6, 2011

French & Fancy


My mother always taught me how important it is to have a dessert on hand in case someone decides to drop by & say hello. As soon as they walk in the door, you must be armed with a smile, one finger on the espresso machine and the other hand holding a plate of something freshly baked. Cookies, brownies, cake - there had to be something at the ready to compliment the espresso and the conversation.

Madeleines are perfect for this type of occasion. This lovely french cookie is delicate and light, simple to make and pairs perfectly with coffee.

MADELEINES

3 eggs
1 1/4 C. Flour
1/2 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Orange Zest
1 tsp. Orange Extract
(Pinch) Salt
1 Stick Butter

Yields: Two Dozen (Expecting a big crowd - Definitely Double It!)

FIRST OFF - You will need a Madeleine baking tin. Madeleines are famous for their shell shape formed by this specific type of pan. You can buy one at your local home goods store or online:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Break the eggs into a mixing bowl & beat well.

Place flour in a separate mixing bowl. Add sugar to the flour & stir.
Add orange zest in to the flour & stir. Add salt to the dry mix & stir well. Add the eggs to the dry mixture.

Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and remove 1 tbsp, placing this in a small bowl. Pour the remaining melted butter into the batter & mix together well.

Add 1 tbsp flour into the small bowl with the butter. Use this past to brush the cookie molds well.

Place dough carefully into each buttered mold, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake until the edges just turn slightly golden (about 5-8 minutes). Cookies will cook quickly. Remove cookies from the pan gently with a spoon and turn over to reveal shell shape.

Once completely cool, dust cookies with confectionery sugar to your liking. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Bon app├ętit!

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