Since we're in the home stretch of the book, I'm going to share my pictures of my madeleines anyway. Better late than never!
The recipe I used was Dorie's Earl Gray Madeleines which attempt to flavor the little sponge cakes with Earl Gray tea. The technique is to melt the butter and then put the tea leaves into the melted butter and allow it to infuse for 15 minutes. Then you put the tea and melted butter through a cheese-cloth lined strainer. (That would have been a good photo to shoot!) The other flavor used in these cookies is lemon zest, which my husband thinks is the dominant flavor. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
As it happens, Dorie herself referred to madeleines in her blog post today! To get them puffy, her recent discovery is to place plastic wrap on the batter and refrigerate it for an hour, then spoon the batter into the pans, cover with plastic again, and refrigerate for another hour. Then put a baking sheet in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then pop in the pans and bake. This is the suggestion she learned from Phillippe Conticini of Patisserie des Reves in Paris.
Here's what I did:
|In the cute little mini madeleine pan|
|In my silicone madeleine pan|
|The mini madeleines|
|Minis next to the regulars|
The interesting occurrence was the uneven baking. Notice how some of the mini madeleines are browner than others? And notice the brown stripe on the regular-sized madeleines? What's with this?
I sprinkled them all with powdered sugar and they were very much enjoyed. But I have to figure out my oven.
Since I'm a week late with my post, I might as well share a non-Dorie but very interesting experiment. When visiting my son and his wonderful girlfriend Rose in Corvallis last week, I brought them a present of four different cinnamon's from Penzey's, one each from Ceylon, China, Indonesia, and Viet Nam. Wonderful Rose saw this as a perfect opportunity to do a taste test of cinnamon rolls and what a wonderful experiment it was!
|The four kinds of cinnamon|
|Rose rolling out the dough|
|Four different cinnamon/sugar mixtures|
|Can't you just smell them?!!!|
Hopefully I'll be back on track next week! The Tuesdays with Dorie bakers will finish up the book this month. I am a bit behind with 20 recipes left to bake. I will finish, but not this month!