Monday, January 24, 2011

What's Baking for January-- Coconut Madeleines

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.

Coconut Madeleines
(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!

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Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

How fun that you started cooking while still in High School! That's awesome. I have never made Madelines and they sound delish. Baking in the winter is a great way to pass the time trapped indoors and I'll look forward to trying these soon. Have a super start to your week!!

Sense of Home said...

I also starting cooking when I was in high school and I have enjoyed it ever since. I love to try new recipes and your Madeleines sound delicious.


Melinda said...

My oldest daughter seems to be following in your footsteps! :) I've never had a Madeleine - but they sound wonderful!

sugarswings said...

yum--just got a madeleine pan for christmas....must try this recipe out! saw you on mouthwatering monday :)

Kristin said...

I love coconut! These sound amazing. I wish I could find a madeleine pan, I have been looking for one for a while now. I suppose I will have to start searching the internet.

Lisa said...

Those madeleines look so soft and cakey and the coconut sounds like a delicious flavor for them. Looks like your first try was a success. I guess one day I'm going to have get me a madeleine pan.

It's a Keeper said...

This recipe looks amazing! I would love for you to link this or any of your recipes to my blog hop @ It's a Keeper Thursdays.

Thanks so much for sharing!

It's a Keeper said...

Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! I hope you come back next week and link something new!

Have a great weekend!

It's a Keeper

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