Saturday, April 30, 2016

Classic Lemon Madeleines

What to do on an overcast Saturday at the end of April? The answer is bake, of course. So, I tried a new-to-me recipe by Williams-Sonoma: Classic Lemon Madeleines

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The purported origin of madeleines stems from Louis XV first tasting them at the Chateau Commercy in Lorraine in 1755 when baked by his father-in-law’s cook whose name was Madeleine.
There is also a literary reference to these morsels. French lemon sponge cakes were thought delicious by the French novelist Marcel Proust. He mentioned his mother making them in his Remembrances of Things Past: “…those squat, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been molded in the fluted valve of a scallop shell.”

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Now to add a dusting of powdered sugar and then scoff down these tasty treats.