Thursday, September 22, 2011

french fridays with dorie - honey-spiced madeleines

It's been quite a week at my house.  Ethan ran in his first cross country meet (and finished the race with a good first-time time), I went on a two-hour kayaking adventure that had the opening scene from Gilligan's Island written all over it (including rapidly approaching ominous weather) and from which my arms my never recover. Sophie, our beautiful black lab got spayed at the ripe old age of 4 (think major abdominal surgery in your twenties...that's what it was like for her) and our lovely Cat 1 (also known as Padme) had all of her teeth except 6 pulled due to a terrible mouth infection (both pet surgeries were performed on the same day, as I truly believe misery loves company).




Even with all that going on, I was able to make this week's FFwD recipe of amazing honey-spiced madeleines (click link to see how my fellow Doristas did this week).  First, I got to go to a great cooking gadget store here in San Diego to buy some madeleine pans.  They had a regular sized pan and a mini, so I bought both.  The ingredients for the cookies/cake are simple and things I usually have on hand, so no super market surfing for me this week (hallelujah!).  Madeleines are one of Ethan's favorite cookies and the addition of holiday spices and orange zest made these a total winner.  I made 20 minis and 6 regular sized ones.  I knew when looking at the recipe that it wasn't going to make many, and I really should have doubled it.  The minis and three of the regular sized cookies were eaten within minutes of coming from the oven and the other three were demolished the next day.  No chance for these to go stale and be dipped in coffee...no sirree bob!

Only issue this week with the recipe was my non-stick pan...the cookies browned blacked very quickly.  Luckily, they didn't taste burnt, but they sure looked it.  All in all, a new go-to cookie recipe for something a little different and completely yummy!

15 comments:

acookingmizer said...

WOW! they did "brown" quickly! maybe your oven was on too high? ... or possibly your oven temperature is a little off?... I didnt have this problem, but mine didn't look scalloped on the molded side.

oneexpatslife said...

What cute little minis! Happy to hear that your family like them. My husband was not as impressed but possibly that's because I made the orange-almond tart just last week and we both loved it so much that any recipe which followed was bound to suffer by comparison.

Cakelaw said...

I'm glad it wasn't just me that found these baked very quickly. Hope Sophie and the cat are recovering well.

Frankly Entertaining said...

Sounds like a crazy week. I love the look of the minis. Is it just me, or is that mini pan insanely long?

lolo13 said...

Glad you had a resuscitating bake!

Cher said...

Congratulations to Ethan! Tell him to hang in there, work hard and he will see his times improve with each meet. (When I look at where The Runner Girl started and where she is in her Senior year, I can hardly believe it)
And way to go to get these out of gate in the middle of so much craziness. The things we do...

SoupAddict said...

Aw, those minis are cute!

Lara B Knight said...

They look yummy! I have got to get back on the French Friday kick. I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Adriana said...

The quick baking time must be one of the perks of using the correct pan. I had to improvise with a different baking dish and I patiently sat six minutes in front of the oven waiting until the tops got golden brown (wasn't taking any chances). I hope the kitties are doing well and that you've recovered from kayaking.

Betsy said...

The minis look terrific! I'm wondering whether I need a pan like that -- I love the smaller shape. This was my first foray into madeleine making (and I've had the pan for over 20 years). I liked them.

Kathy said...

Hope your dog and cat are recuperating well. Your madeleines look wonderful...so what if a few of them got a bit over browned! They were still yummy!

Lizzy said...

Wow, what a week!!! Glad you had this success in the kitchen :) Love your mini pan!

Kris' Kitchen said...

Seems like every week is so full. With kids and pets and hobbies and work and cooking and baking and cooking and baking...Somehow we get it done.

I turned the oven down 25^ on the minis. For my regular size pan which has a shiny finish the 400^ was OK...but my minis get a non-stick pan which is darker and because they are smaller they do cook fast anyway.

Fun to have new kitchen pans and gadgets to play with...my stress relievers.

onewetfoot.com said...

It's amazing you managed these in such a busy week! Both versions look good; it's too bad the regular ones browned so. Darker pans can be a nuisance that way.

luciacara said...

Oooh, those look so buttery and browned. I have to try them (I skipped this recipe & now I regret it :)).