I was pretty excited about making madeleines. I happen to enjoy the tasty little cakes that are sold two-to-a-pack at Starbucks. However, one thing stood in my way of madeleine-snacking goodness: locating a madeleine pan!
I should’ve accepted the fact that madeleine pans are specialty items and acknowledged that finding one in my local grocery store would probably not happen. However, my stubbornness got the better of me. After checking two branches of my local grocery store during my lunch breaks last week with no pan in sight, I re-directed my approach over the weekend and hit up a Marshalls and a Home Goods store. Still no luck. On Monday, I tried a Super WalMart, a KMart, and two different Super Targets. Again, no luck, which I find quite irritating because every store had some kind of random, crazy-shaped mini-cupcake or mini-bundt cake mold. (Think woodland forest creatures or snow-covered cabins. Like those would make fun mini-cakes to eat.)
Finally, on Wednesday, I accepted my fate, fished out a 20% off coupon to Bed, Bath & Beyond from my mail pile, and purchased a madeleine pan for $11.00! And, just in time to make the batter that evening so it could rest overnight. In the madeleine pan, no less!
The recipe was simple, but I jumped the gun and add a bit “more” cloves (1/2 teaspoon) as opposed to Dorie’s suggestion of 1/8 teaspoon or “a little less”. So, my batch produced extra clove-y and darker madeleines.
They also turned out super-humpy because I didn’t want to have any batter left over. For some reason, I wanted to bake exactly twelve, so each madeleine mold was treated to a bit more batter. Overall, these madeleines were pretty delicious and slightly dry, which made them perfect for dunking in milk!
To see how other bloggers fared with their madeleines, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.