But only sometimes I do insist on waiting until I have the all the technical requirements to make a certain recipe. That is the case of Madeleines.
I won’t fail to mention a very common place: the unforgettable image of a fragrant Madeleine and a cup of tea in Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu: “Swann’s Way”.
The thing about memory and food is that memories have a life of their own, both in our brains and our bodies.
So I invite you take any and every opportunity to create an extra special occasion to make good memories happen.
This recipe appears in the little great book Afternoon Delights, Coffeehouse favourites. By James McNair & Andrew Moore.
To make about 2 dozen Madeleines you will need:
- 3 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 150g sugar
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp of grated lemon zest (I always use the instead the zest of 2 oranges)
- 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
- 1 1/2 stsp vanila extract
- 1 1/2 sticks of soft unsalted butter
- icing sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven at 190C
In a bowl, whisk by hand or with with an electric mixer the eggs, orange zest and sugar until they’re perfectly incorporated and you obtain a pale frothy mix.
Add the butter, oil and yogurt. Mix for another minute or two.
Sift the baking powder and flour and add in one go.
Then mix them in circular moves with a big spoon. (just like you would for a sponge cake batter).
Take out and place in a rack to cool, and continue with the next batch.
To dust them evenly: once they’re just warm put them in a big bag and sprinkle icing sugar generously.
Hold each end of the bag firmly with both hands and shake gently until they’re all lightly coated, you can serve them right away.