Friday, 26 February 2010

Link Love .... and a Madeleine Quest!

Since the demise of Domino and Blueprint (which were pretty awesome shelter magazines for the stylish/ modern/eco-friendly/DIY set), I've noticed that there are some fabulous online shelter magazines cropping up- notably Lonny and Nesting Newbies. People have mixed opinions about online magazines: I personally love them because then I can read magazines at work the embedded links make it a snap to click and discover new shops, designers, and information out there in the vast realm of the internet. Not to mention it means that it is way cheaper to produce issues, so the likelihood of folding reduces significantly.

So, if you are looking for a little home decor/ lifestyle magazine fix, click away! The Nesting Newbie link takes you to their website, and the magazine is on the right hand side f the screen. The Lonny link takes you straight to the magazine.  

Now, onto baking!!

I'm on a quest for the perfect madeleine recipe, something that makes each lovely scalloped beauty a delight on the tongue. I had never even thought of them before Christmas, when I received two silicone baking sheets from my in-laws specifically for these shell shaped wonders.

Now, I can take hint. My in laws want madeleines. And who am I to argue with that?

My first attempt with this recipe yielded mediocre results. Okay, I over baked them by about a minute, but that wasn't really the problem- they lacked flavour. Truly a disappointment, because I loved the actual performance of the recipe- The kitchen was lush with the fragrance of melted butter infused with lavender earl grey tea, and muddling the freshly grated lemon zest with the sugar until it smelled like absolute heaven. So why the heck couldn't' you taste the lemon or the earl grey once it was baked? It was as though no earl grey, lavender, or lemon were ever in the same room as these things. Mysteries of the universe, I tell you.

Then I tried this recipe, and I got tasty results, but ugly madeleines- they weren't baked enough, the crumb was really big and muffin-like, and they just needed a bit more finesse. So, I  adjusted the recipe until it was just right.

(my glaze was too runny, and I didn't have any more icing sugar at the cottage to thicken it up. Learn from my mistake!)

Julie's Orange and Cardamom Madeleines
(makes 15-18 madeleines)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest, plus 2 tablespoons strained orange juice

1. Lightly grease and flour your madeleine pan(s). Set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove, adding in the honey, vanilla, and  orange zest. Once butter is melted, remove from heat and let cool (about 15 mins).
3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt. Set aside.
4. In your mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs on medium high with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
5. Fold in dry ingredients into the sugar and egg mixture. Then pour the melted butter mixture in, and stir until well combined. Spoon batter into the madeleine tray(s).
6. refrigerate tray(s) for one hour, or overnight. If you refrigerate overnight, press plastic wrap against the trays, covering the batter tightly.
7. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350C. Remove plastic wrap if you used it, and pop them directly into the oven for 8-10 minutes.
8. once they are removed from the oven, Allow them to cool briefly in the trays, and then pop them out on to a wire rack to completely cool.
9. mix together the icing sugar and orange juice, to make a thick glaze. Add the orange juice a little at a time, to keep the glaze thick. I also added a bit of vanilla, which worked well. Once madeleines are cooled completely, tip the tip of each madeleine into the glaze, and put onto a plate.
10. Now try to eat only one. Really- I dare you to stop at one.

In my research, it's evident that people are passionate about madeleines. Apparently, with the die-hards you can't even call them cookies. To be fair, they are a lot more cake-like than cookie like. And the batter that is produced is definitely on the wet side... it reminded me of pancake batter. Which led to me wondering if you could bake pancake batter in the madeleine moulds, and then dip them into maple syrup.

Turns out, you can. G and I had an amazing breakfast one morning feasting on scalloped shaped pancakes dipped in small bowls of pure maple syrup. It was so tasty, I didn't think to grab a photo. but trust me on this- madeleine pancake are seriously awesome. Use whatever pancake batter you like best, then bake them in the madeleine pans at 350C for about 7 minutes (I'd check them at 5, in case your oven runs really hot). Enjoy!!


Clumsy Knitter said...

Thanks for the links! I bookmarked them so I can check them out later. :)

Anonymous said...

I thought I hadn't seen Domino at the bookstore lately... and I only discovered Blueprint in the next-to-last issue ever :(

Thanks for the new links, though!
leanna x

Kristen said...

Love online mags too:) Thanks for the recipe.

Rainy Daisy said...

this is fabulous! I'm going to send it to my mum, who is (I think) still reeling from her last attempted madeleine mishap.

And of course I'm going to go check out your links now. I need something new to look at when I'm supposed to be doing homework. :P

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! They look exciting and all the new ideas are great!

Your madeleines look great! Too bad your first batch wasn't flavourful enough. You might want to add a bit of lemon juice to kick it up a notch. How about Vanilla extract? It's my favourite baking secret.

Have fun with the new baking mode!

Anonymous said...

oh my god! madeleine shaped pancakes! this will happen!

Aesderina said...

I do hope you try the recipe I found online! I will definitely have to try yours. That's a great idea about the pancakes!!!

Ibunnysavetroy said...

I've heard of those before, but never tried/saw them in real life... it's an idea for when I find one of those pans!

Sarah said...

My grandmother used to make chocolate Madeleines. I don't have the recipe, but they were delicious!

Natalie B said...

sounds absolutely devine! thank you for sharing the recipe

Salihan said...

They look delicious! I'd have to buy a madeleine mould before I can make this. But I would love to try your recipe. Sounds yum!

yoel said...

Yum! Madeline tines are such a great gift! Just the *idea* of freshly-baked madelines is wonderful.

Kara said...

Oh how I miss Domino! But I am loving that Lonny mag. The embedded links are genius.

If you ever need a guinea pig for trying out those madeleines...

soknitpicky said...

I am generally a disaster in the kitchen, but I love these so much, I might just try.

Is your sweater a handknit, BTW?

Michele said...

My husband bought me a French cookbook for Christmas and I have yet to try the madeleine recipe. I've been too busy making the quiche lorraine, coeur a la creme, moules frites, etc. Yours look divine!!

Nicola said...

May I suggest this madeleine recipe:

also, if you're serious about madeleines you may want to try a metal dish. Silicone is easy to clean and non stick, but it doesn't hold heat at all so you can't get the same quick, puffy back as with metal (if that made any sense). You'll find that your madeleines come out lighter and generally better when cooked in metal trays.

CanarySanctuary said...

omg - madeleine pancakes!!!
Thanks for the heads-up on the linkys. I always enjoy a good crafty referral.

Hilary said...

Madeleine pancakes -- BRILLIANT!! Oh my gosh, I want some right now.

Nesting Newbies said...

Thanks for sharing Nesting Newbies with your readers! We are working on our Spring issue and know it will help you get your "design fix".