Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Les Madeleines

Today, it's my girl's birthday.
She's 10 years old.
She's born in 2002, september 12th. A thursday.
In france, there's a conventional wisdom to believe that friday the 13th is a bad luck day.
In my family, we're not superstitious.

When my "gnomette" is born, my father told me :
"Sweet baby girl, she'll have a nice nature. Between the first anniversary of september 11th and friday the thirteenth, she didn't have a lot of choice to born in a good day."

She a very very nice nature.
She's always laughing, and talking ... Oh my God, how much she speaks !!!! I have the impression that she's born speaking !!
She's easy to educate, she's sweet with others, she's always taking care of people, she's got a great sense of humour and she makes me laugh a lot.

On the other hand, she's a terrific untidy person !!!
I use to think that their bedroom is their kingdom. I don't want to ask them to clean or to tidy their room all the time.
But sometimes, SOMETIMES, before some strange and rare insects decide to live with her, I tell her :
"... We-have-to-do-something-with-your-bedroom !!..."

I say "we", because when I say "YOU", I don't know why, she suddenly becomes deaf !
And I'm not a perfect mother ... I have tried to, I promise. But some battles have to be lost if you want to win the war.
So I tidy up with her ...

She wins the war.

She's blond and curly haired, while I'm very brown and straight hair.
She's almost as tall as me and his brother (ok ... we're not giant, it's easy for her !).
She's wearing my shoes ! 
She loves pets, of course, even caterpillars that she wants to raise at home !
She's got one "true best friend" and some others who change several times during the year ...
She cares to be well dressed but doesn't care about fashion or names tabs.
She wants to be right all the time and she thinks she's got the right to tell what she wants to tell when she wants to do it.
She wants to have the "last word" when she fights with her brother. So do he ... 
Yes, feel sorry for us ...
And at the moment, I'm still her confident and I love that.

Joyeux anniversaire, mon amour.

The tradition in my home for their birthday, is to ask them which cake they want. 
She wants a chocolate cake.
I've already post the recipe ....
So I'm going to post another one ! 

This was the first time I've cooked madeleines. They're good but the next time I won't use lemon but extract of almond.
I think it will be better.

Light your oven now, it's very important. It must be preheated at 180°C (350°F / Th 6).

For 15 madeleines, you'll need : 
  • 3 medium eggs or 2 bigs, at ambient temperature (they have to be out the fridge).
  • 100 grammes of unsalted butter soft (if it's not soft enough, you can put in some seconds in the microwave)
  • 100 grammes of white sugar
  • 160 grammes of regular flour
  • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 piches of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon of almond extract. I used lemon zest. 
  • And of course, a madeleines pan.

Step 1 : 
Whisk entire eggs together.

Before ...

After ... Aaaah, they're not aloof anymore !

Step 2 :
Better with a food processor, but you can do it with hands if your arms are strong !! Mine are like jelly, so I use a processor ... 
We have to accept our weakness.
Whip soft butter, salt and sugar until the mixture become clear.

Step 3 : 
Add the perfume you want. Here I used lemon. It's good but it's not the usual perfume for madeleines. 
Better use a teaspoon of vanilla extract or almond extract (which is the real perfume of madeleines).

Step 4 : 
Pour the beaten eggs in TWO TIMES, whisking : 

First time .... Whisk.
And second time, whisk again : 

Step 5 : 
Mix flour and baking powder.

Step 6 :
The hard part of the recipe ....
Include the sieved flour/baking powder in the mixture.

I'm not a meticulous person. I love to cook but things have to go fast and easy.
If here, I say you have to sieve your flour is because it's important for the result. 
Believe me.
I promise.
I swear.
I won't do it again.

Step 7 :
Whip all that !! Let's go !!

Step 8 : 
Put the mixture in the fridge for ONE HOUR. 
I know it's a long time. 
But thanks to this time, when you'll put your madeleines in the very hot oven, it will create a thermic shock.
Thanks to this shock, the famous bump of madeleines will appear !!

Well ... Normally ... Because mine were not really bumpy ... Just a small plumpness ... Just like if madeleine have said : 
"Okay, you want us to be bumpy ??... sight ... Right, girls, let make her a small plumpness, she'll be happy, it's the first time she makes madeleines."

Step 9:
During this time, your oven still heat.
Now, you've got 2 possibilities : melt some butter or use neutral oil and with a little brush, butter or oil your madeleines pan.

Step 10 :
Put a small tablespoon in each imprint. 

LOW THE TEMPERATURE of the oven, before put it in it.
It must be at 150°C (300°F / Th5).

And after 15 or 18 minutes (18 minutes for me) : 

You can keep them for several days in a metallic box.


  1. I loved reading about your daughter - happy birthday to her!! Daughters are a special gift and sometimes a challenge, but they are so worth it. I have two grown-up daughters back in the U.S. and I always look forward to seeing them again.

    These little cakes look amazing :-)

    One last thing, I made your Chicken with olives earlier this week and it was so delicious!

    1. Thank you for her, Susan ;)
      You're so right with daughters. When I was pregnant, my mother told me :"you'll see ... you'll have some difficult moments with her. But a girl always comes back to her mother".
      You say your girls go back to US. So you're american living in Europe ?
      How old are your daughters ?
      I suppose it must be very difficult to be far from them. Even if they are older. Do you go back often ?

      For the chicken, GOOD ! Did your husband eat it ?

    2. Hi -I am in the United States right now - I just arrived yesterday and will see my daughters later today :-) Yes, I am an American living in Zurich - I come back to the States two times per year usually. My older daughter is 28 and married and my single daughter is 26.

      Have a great weekend!

    3. I wish you to spend good times with your daughters, Susan.
      I'll think of you ;)

  2. Oh, your madeleines are beautiful :) I like the lemon flavor, and the almond flavor, too. For a while, on food blogs, you could see tons of madeleine recipes with different flavors, even savory, like cheese madeleines, or ham and tomato madeleines, etc. And of course chocolate madeleines, and all kinds of other sweet flavors like that :) I made madeleines only once, and now you make me want to try again!

    Happy birthday to your daughter :)

    1. Thank you very much, Dr CaSo, for my daughter and for my madeleines ;)
      Yes I've seen salted madeleines, and never tried; Did you try ?
      If you do madeleines again, please, tell me if they're bumpy ;)

  3. These look delicious ! Happy Birthday to your daughter. I remember when my daughter was 10. Treasure each moment.

    1. You're so right. I know our common life will last. So each moment is precious.
      Thank you for her, Cece ;)