Our theme for January What's Baking? was to try something new.
I was really stumped on this trying something new.
You see back when I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be a pastry chef. So I dived into any cooking class in my area that would improve my baking skills. So while other people were hanging out at the mall, I was making puff pastry dough or pie dough or decorating cakes. I made all the pie crusts for my culinary class and we also made homemade biscuits and cinnamon rolls on a weekly basis. I know how to work with yeast too (and it doesn't scare me!).
I eventually decided on Madeleines. I've had a madeleine pan for almost a year and never made any! Nor have I ever had one! This recipe was super easy and madeleines are delicious! They are like little buttery cookies or mini cakes. The coconut was a great surprise too.
(recipe adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot in Paris)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, to grease the pan
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Confectioners' sugar, optional
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly butter and flour your madeleine pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes, until light yellow and fluffy. Add one stick of butter and mix. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the mix with a rubber spatula. Stir in the coconut.
With a soup spoon, drop the batter into the pans, filling each madeleine we almost full. Bake the madeleines for 10 to 12 minutes, until they spring back when pressed. Tap the madeleines out onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.
The Chef thought these would be really good dipped in chocolate.
I liked them how they are as did Coley!
Linked to Mouth Watering Monday at A Southern Fairytale and Sunday Potluck at Mommy's Kitchen