ffwD: My Hunt for a Pan to Make Extra Clove-y, Super Humpy, Honey-Spiced Madeleines

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!

Humpy madeleines

No seriously. They're humpy.

Actually, they're super-humpy.

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.

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 06:19:54

    Very nicely photographed, sexy little Madeleines. Lovely post.

  2. Liz
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 06:48:27

    Your humpy madeleines look amazing!!! The fluting held perfectly…just beautiful.

  3. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 06:58:48

    They look fabulous! I am glad you found that pan!

  4. Ronda
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 07:07:24

    The great pan search! Extra cloves sound very tasty to me. it sounds like they would make a wonderful Christmas cookie.

  5. Three-Cookies
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 07:18:44

    The lengths you went to for this recipe. Thats dedication. Humpy madeleines means extra so thats a bonus

  6. spicegirlfla
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 07:49:55

    Great post! I’ve not made any madelines either for that same reason….no pan!! I’ve received several gift certificates to WS so I’m thinking purchasing one of these pans will be my next buy!! Humps and all these are great!!

  7. Cakelaw
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 07:59:37

    Kudos to you for tracking down the madeleine pan. I did the same as you – I wanted exactly 12 madeleines, so I piled in the batter. Your end result looks great!

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 08:00:38

    For a long time we just kept those coupons in our car! The cookies came out great.

  9. Eileen
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 08:03:53

    haha! I used my 20% coupon at BB&B for my pan, too. Mine also came out super-humpy. I assumed they were supposed to. Beats me. Those look great. I’d prefer it with more cloves, so well done!

  10. oneexpatslife
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 08:39:43

    Have you ever visited Sur la Table? There used to be one right off Michigan Ave but I think it since moved up to North Avenue. It is one of my all time favorite kitchenware stores and they are especially awesome for bakeware. They are anything but le bargain (though I do find them to be much more reasonable than Williams Sonoma) so you probably got a better deal at BB&B, but if you haven’t been there yet I highly recommend it. I could (and have) spend hours in there. Sigh.

  11. mary
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 09:20:37

    Love it! Super humpy madelines – of course they’re good! they certainly look lovely from your photos šŸ™‚

  12. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 09:23:04

    Oh my gosh- how cute and clever. I love the spicy kick added to them and they certainly look perfectly made, perfect shape and texture

  13. Trevor Sis Boom
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:01:30

    I happen to like things extra humpy! šŸ™‚ I think I would love them clovey too!

  14. Peggy
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:14:39

    They’re gorgeous, even with the humps – just more madeleine to love right? =)

  15. Sutapa
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:28:18

    Your humpy madeleines looks great and I love the spice add ….. your $11 is a good investment!

  16. Cher
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:30:48

    Oooh, you found the hump! A true sign of a successful madeline.

  17. Life is Full
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:31:28

    Funny post! At least you got a 20% off coupon to use, imagine paying full price! Humpy madeleines means more to eat with each one! šŸ™‚

  18. forgottenbeast
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:36:56

    Madeleines always look so classy! Even when humpy šŸ™‚

  19. stacy :)
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:45:03

    Yum! I love your dark, clove-y madeleines! Mine were super-humpy too, I just didn’t photograph them from that side!

  20. cooking varieties
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:15:43

    hi yummy chunklet, glad you got your madeleines pan eventually..
    they look yummy, when eaten hot especially, you dunk in milk, mine in coffee. thanks for sharing a great for tea recipe.

  21. Kathy
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:21:06

    What gorgeous looking madeleines…I made the classic version and was very pleased with the results. Glad you enjoyed them!

  22. SoupAddict
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 11:58:49

    I bet the extra cloves made your house smell wonderful as they baked! Congrats on tracking down the pan!

  23. patty
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 13:50:09

    Score on the madeleine pan! I like the darker color and the pronounced hump on your batch of madeleines! I’ll bet you get a lot of use out of your new pan;-)

  24. ceciliag
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 14:23:52

    Oh they look so sweet, my mother made something like that she called them gems. Do you think those are the same thing? she had cast iron pans and I would give a tooth for them now! probably one of my sisters ripped off with them!

  25. JamieAnne
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 15:32:24

    They look humptastic and very yummy!

  26. Alice
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 18:33:32

    such great humps! you cooled your pans before baking too right? that helped me get fairy high humps on mine! šŸ™‚ glad you found the pans and enjoyed these tasty morsels!

  27. Adriana @ GreatFood360Ā°
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 18:59:29

    Your lovely madeleine humps! They look fantastic – although I have to admit I swapped the clove out. You got a pretty decent deal with the BB&B coupon!

  28. Tanvi
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 19:00:26

    Your super humpy madeleines look yum! Wish I cud have few as I sip on my evening tea..

  29. Simply Life
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 20:02:07

    wow, i didn’t even know what those were -how fun!

  30. Elaine
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 20:05:22

    I think they look pretty with the darker color. Glad you were able to get a pan after all that hunting. Have a great weekend!

  31. Betsy
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 21:16:45

    The thrill of the hunt is part of the fun. I love that after all the searching, you found a reasonably priced pan. They were so nice and humpy! Great job!

  32. Frankly Entertaining
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 22:33:21

    I love how many times I’ve read a variation of the word hump in all these comments! I’m glad you got your pan, and I hope you get to use it a lot!

  33. Krissy
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 23:28:37

    Hope you enjoyed your clove cake cookies…I actually reduced the amount requested in the recipe and can taste the spice just fine…so more would be interesting…more like Christmas, not a bad idea. I got way more madeleines from the batter…your humpy ones look fun and tasty. Happy dunking.

  34. chunklet's mom
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 02:57:37

    They look really good! The madelines at Starbucks were like “crack” for me šŸ™‚

  35. peachkins
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 02:59:43

    These look like extra special madeleines!

  36. Von
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 06:32:37

    That’s a lot of effort for locating one madeleine pan!! I’ve never made medeleines because I don’t have a pan either, but I’ve never tried them so I’m not too interested in buying a pan just for that šŸ˜€ Yours look quite pretty, and cute with the humps! Will you be making more madeleines of different flavours soon?

  37. ambrosiana
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 06:55:39

    Beautiful looking madeleines…would be so perfect with coffee!!!! Yummy!!!!

  38. Priya Mahadevan
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 07:17:55

    Madelines look delicious! I esp like the shell shaped ones šŸ™‚

  39. Anita Menon
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 07:52:44

    Looks fabulous! Loved the post. It has to be the right way or the highway. Just my kind of philosophy.

  40. Louise
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 08:03:31

    Kudos to you on the madeline pan hunt! I’m pretty sure I would have given up:) Sure glad you didn’t Yummy. They look delicious. I’m kinda glad they’re extra clov–y. Cloves remind me of fall!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  41. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 09:08:44

    Congrats on finding your pan! I buy everything on Amazon, because I’m much to lazy to look for stuff. šŸ™‚ And I like the humpy ones. I think they have character.

  42. High Heels and Good Meals
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 11:08:37

    These humpy lil’ madelines look yummy!

  43. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 13:42:22

    I love your humply lil’ madeleines. It was heartbreaking to throw my extra batter away, but it wasn’t enough to do anything with. Wish I would have followed your lead and just used it! They are gorgeous!

  44. Betty
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 21:03:40

    I’m wanting a madeleine pan too, but have been having a hard time finding one. Your madeleines sound delicious! šŸ™‚

  45. Stefanie
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 22:28:58

    Hehe the humps just mean there is more cookie to love šŸ™‚ They look great! I can only imagine how hard it is to find a madeleine pan… if I ever want one, at least I know now BB&B has them!

  46. Chaya
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 10:08:59

    I got my madeline pan, not too long ago and I love it. The first time, I made madelines, I made them in mini muffins tins. They don’t compare. Yours look grat. Enjoy the pan.

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