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Making lemon Madeleines with Caramelizelife

My youngest walked into the kitchen while I was prepping my work station for the latests Tuesdays with Dorie scheduled treat from her book Baking Chez Moi. Curious, she wanted to know what I was  going to make. “Madeleines!” I said with excitement.  I’ve never made these tasty little treats and I was looking forward to trying something new. I could see she was searching for the image to fit the name in her mind. Then she said, “You know Mom, the name Madeleine is so similar to the name of the character Madeline, the lute Mandolin and the slicer Mandoline I didn’t know at first what it was you were making.”  Now, each time I think of these little shell shaped cakes, my mind scrolls through each of those images and I giggle.

 

A petite Madeline mold buttered and ready for batter

A buttered petite Madeleine mold awaiting the batter…

Later, when she sat down to taste one of the Madeleines, she said she remembered eating these after school for goûter when we lived in France. I am amazed at how our senses bring back memories so vividly. “The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it.” ~ Remembrance of Things Past (À la recherche du temps perdu), Marcel Proust

My youngest was on to something. Indeed those little Madeleines did have a lineage. Historically these little cakes were believed to be named after a young maid, Madeleine, who worked for the Duke of Lorraine, Stanislas Leczinski in the late 1700s from the French town of Commercy. Once these petite cakes were introduced to the court at Versailles they found their place in the heart of the French.

Mother and daughter strolling the Green Carpet- Versailles

The Green Carpet- Versailles

With my first batch of Madeleines, I didn’t notice the “bump” that Dorie described in her recipe but I specifically looked for it on my second batch. The “bump” is the gold seal symbol or as she equates it to the holy grail, that one has decidedly mastered the Madeleine and there it was, a large bump on my petite Madeleines. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered them but I do thank Dorie for spilling her learned secret with me and the rest of the BCM bakers.  Her long history of making these and then learning the holy grail secrets from Phillippe Conticini of Patisserie des Reves and Fabrice Le Bourdat of Bel Sucre in Paris makes all of us feel great from the start!

Madeleine's with a "bosse/ bump"

Madeleine’s with a “bosse/ bump”

If you would like to try your hand at making Madeleines at home so you may enjoy a little afternoon goûter, here is the recipe. Alternately, she has shared her Lemon Madeleine recipe here.

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24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your posts are always visual delights. Love the photo with the umbrella….so french…thank you for sharing.

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    March 11, 2015
  2. You most definitely achieved the prized bump. Your madeleines look very pretty, especially with the lovely tea cup.

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    March 11, 2015
    • Hi Zosia, ahh, thank you! I think it was beginners luck! My Southern Grandmother Ruth would be so proud to know you liked her tea cup :0) I’m so happy I get to enjoy the china now with her memories.
      all the best to you!

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      March 22, 2015
  3. Your Madeleines came out beautifully! You’d never know it was your first try. I really enjoyed your post! A delight to read! And that lovely photo of the green carpet…Is that you and your daughter? Loved it!!

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    March 12, 2015
    • Thank you I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! Yes, that is me and my youngest next to me with my oldest down ahead in the green skirt. We have fond memories of that visit, its such an amazing place.

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      March 12, 2015
  4. Nana #

    I love your petite pan, it is so adorable. Your madeleines look beautiful. I love that photo of
    Versailles, brings back memories for both Tricia and myself. Such a fantastic place.

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    March 13, 2015
    • Hi Nana, I agree that Versailles is just an amazing place and am so thankful we were able to experience it. I think it would be a hard place to forget ;0)!
      Thank you, I really think that it was beginners luck or a very well written recipe maybe both. I went with the petite pan thinking it was nice to have little treats around and share more of them… meaning I wouldn’t eat them all!
      cheers to you both.

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      March 22, 2015
  5. You’ve got a smart daughter, that’s for sure! And your madeleines look great!

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    March 13, 2015
  6. beautiful! when I read your daughter’s comment about the word “madeleine” I thought she sounded very worldly…no wonder, if she lived in France! glad these little cakes brought back nice memories for you and for her.

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    March 14, 2015
    • Hi Steph, we have fantastic memories of our time in France I think the experience for our children will be a part of their foundation of who they are. It wasn’t always easy for them but in the end they both can’t wait to return. Thank you for stopping by :0)
      Happy baking to you!

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      March 22, 2015
  7. Great post. Love the Versailles photo.

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    March 14, 2015
  8. Love your pic of Versailles-so pretty. Sounds like these hold some special memories in your household. Such a treat that you are experienced in making them now.

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    March 18, 2015
    • Thank you so much goldenlifephx! We do have lovely memories of our time there :0). Have you visited Versailles?
      I do also remember how extremely hot it was that day and all I wanted to do was jump in that water!

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      March 22, 2015
  9. That picture from Versailles is lovely.
    This was a fun post to read

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    March 19, 2015
    • Hi Cher, thank you, I’m happy you liked the post :0). My husband took the Versailles photo, it brings back great memories of such an amazing place. Cheers to you!

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      March 22, 2015
  10. Your youngest is very clever! I’m very impressed that she came up with all of those similarities. I certainly never have. I’m glad you all enjoyed these.

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    March 23, 2015
    • Hi Jora, thank you, I passed on your compliment and she was beaming! Yes, I know I don’t think I would have either, however she’s grown up with the character through Disney and we cook everyday so she is familiar with the kitchen tool and they all sound similar. 😉
      Yes, I’m looking forward to dipping the next batch in chocolate!
      Cheers to you.

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      March 23, 2015
  11. Hey there!
    Love your blog and have just nominated you for the Premio Dardos award. You can check it out here:
    http://lifestylecounter.com/2015/04/06/premio-dardos-award/
    Have a great day (& week)!
    XOXO

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    April 6, 2015
  12. I hope you like awards because I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.
    You can check the rules in my post 🙂
    http://reflexoeseangustias.com/2015/12/23/the-versatile-blogger-award-2/

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    December 23, 2015

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