Monday, April 14, 2008

A Taste of Yellow: Orange Poppy Seed Madeleines

Orange Poppy Seed Madeleines

The lovely Barbara is hosting “A Taste of Yellow” for the second time and it’s an honor for me to take part in this event again.

Last year, my entry was a lime polenta cake; this time, I felt like making something with a Brazilian flair. I chose quindim but unfortunately it was a disaster. I don’t know if it was me or the usual lack of details in traditional, old Brazilian recipes, but my attempt didn’t work out. It was an eggy mess that I’d rather forget about.

Luckily, I had a plan B – these wonderful madeleines, a recipe from the Washington Post. I finally got the famous bumps but I thought I’d ruined the madeleines when I saw they were very dark on one side. There’s was no bitter flavor, thank heavens.

My mind was still on my quindim failure and I did not pay attention to the correct side before glazing the madeleines. I don’t think that’s much of a difference, anyway.


Please, join us in “A Taste of Yellow”. Cook or bake something containing an element of yellow food and send your entry to Barbara until April, 19.

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Orange Poppy Seed Madeleines

Orange Poppy Seed Madeleines

1 cup (140g) flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 medium orange
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (200g) sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 stick (4 oz/113g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
½ teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 cup (150g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
¼ cup (60ml) juice of the reserved orange, strained

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Lightly grease two 15 ½-by-9-inch (38x22cm) nonstick madeleine pans.

In a separate small bowl, combine the sifted flour and baking powder. Set aside. Finely zest the orange, and set the zest and the orange aside.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and brown sugar. Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients until just combined; the batter will be slightly stiff. Add the butter, honey, poppy seeds and half of the orange zest, mixing until just combined (do not overmix). Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Spread a heaping tablespoon of the batter evenly into each madeleine cup and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until a hunchback has formed on the cookies and they are golden brown. Unmold them immediately onto a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

While the madeleines are cooling, make the glaze: in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, the orange juice and the remaining half of the orange zest and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Brush some glaze onto the ridged side of each madeleine and let the glaze set for about 5 minutes before serving or storing – I dipped each madeleine into the glaze and shook off the excess.

Makes 2 dozen – I got 15 small madeleines + 24 large ones

Orange Poppy Seed Madeleines


T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I used to love just plain old madeleines, but I think I love your citrus varietions even more! And to add poppy seeds? Heavenly!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

I'll tell you something - THIS has that Brazilian flair you were trying to achieve. Lovely!

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Wow ...don't worry for the darker side they looks delicious.
I know barbara's blog and i think it's a brilliant event. I'm tried to find something easy to do cause i'm not so good in cooking :-P but I would love to partecipate!
Very good!

Anonymous said...

What beauties- Perfectly risen, and those speckles of poppy seeds are just so tempting.

LyB said...

Those are absolutely lovely, what a beautiful color! And you know what? I finally got a madeleine pan so these are going on my to try list! :)

Veron said...

I really need to try my hand at madeleines. These look phenomenal, Patricia!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Madeleines with a glaze -- what a wonderful idea! I'll pass this recipe to my husband -- he's the resident madeleine baker in our house.

Katie said...

Yum. Now that I have finally made madeleines I will have to try these too.

Unknown said...

I should not check my emails before breakfast. These look so inviting Patricia. I could eat the entire plateful for my breakfast.

Thanks for supporting LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

La Tartine Gourmande said...

Just lovely recipe for a nice occasion Patricia!

Deborah said...

Gorgeous madeleines - I really need to get myself one of those pans!!

Amy said...

I made madeleines for the first time a few days ago and boy they were flat flat flat. I'm going to use this recipe now because Patricia your madeleines are absolutely perfect!

Peabody said...

I am always on the look out for new madeleine recipes(have to justify the pan purchase!). This looks like a keeper for me to try out!

Brilynn said...

I knew I participated last year as well but couldn't remember what I made, after a little searching I rediscovered a fabulous lemon tart... I need to get in the kitchen and make something yellow for this year. Those madeleines look great!

Mama Mia said...

I LOVE Madeleines!

kickpleat said...

those look amazing! one day soon i'm definitely going to pick up a madeleine pan!

ChichaJo said...

I am saving this recipe right this minute as I can never get those bumps! Your's look perfect! I wouldn't worry about a darker side as these little guys look ready for their close-up ;)

Manggy said...

YEAH!!! BUMPS!!! :) My bumps, my bumps...

Ahem. Anyway, I love these maddies! I double-love them because of the glaze haha :)

Kate said...

These look simply splendid. Well done.

Mansi said...

these look really pretty, and its a great twist on the classic madeleine recipe:) I love the flavors too!

Gigi said...

A great Madeleine recipe for my pan! And orange poppy seed recipe, woo-hoo!

kellypea said...

Ah, failed recipes, but who cares, right? We move along. Your madelaines sound wonderful, and I'll bet they tasted as great! I love, love, love poppyseeds. Very nice!

Marija said...

They look beautiful!

Sarah said...

Not fair! You MUST stop making madeleines...I don't have the pan to make them and every time I see them I'm dying to try! Yours always look amazing, and this combination seems great! And it's a great cause.

Steph said...

They look absolutely beautiful and I'm sure taste just as good as they look!!!

Inne said...

Wahey! Bumpy madeleines :) I'm sure they tasted every bit as delicious as they look!

Lisa Johnson said...

These are so so pretty and a great contribution to the event! :D

Patricia Scarpin said...

T.W., I love poppy seeds!

Meeta, thank you, darling! That means a lot. :)

Silvia, Barbara is an amazing woman. I wish you take part in the event, too!

Hannah, my first bumps! :)

LyB, you should definitely try these, my friend.

Veron, this will be a walk in the park for you, macaron queen! :)

Lydia, isn't it? What's not to love about glaze? :)

Katie, I hope you do.

Barbara, I'm so glad you like these! Thank you!
I'll take part in the event as many times as you host it.

Bea, thank you, darling!

Deb, you do!

Amy, really, sweetie? That's bad. But don't give up! :)

Pea, this is a good recipe.

Bri, lemon tart? That is mouthwatering. I know you'll be making something delicious again.

Lina, me too! and tks for stopping by!

Kickpleat, you have to! :)

Joey, it was my first time with bumps, too, sweetie!

Mark, now the song is in my head. ;)

Kate, thank you!

Mansi, orange is fantastic in baking.

Gigi, I do hope you try these, sweetie!

Kelly, we do move along, preferably to something more delicious, right? :)

Marija, thank you for your visit!

Sarah, I'm addicted to them, darling. :)

Steph, thank you!

Inne, very bumpy! :)

Anali, thank you!

Laurie Constantino said...

Mmmm. Madeleines are so good, and these look better than the plain ones. Yum. I'd like to be addicted to these!

Mandy said...

these madeleines are gorgeous, Patricia. I bet there isn't any left for me now :p....

Emily said...

Those look pretty freaking sweet, I must say. I've had bad luck with madeleine recipes...have you? There's a chocolate one on Epicurious that's really good.

Anonymous said...

this look very pretty, and I am sure they are equally delicious. Great recipe! Nice color too!

eatme_delicious said...

What perfect looking madeleines! I haven't made any in so long.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, they look so pretty! Madeleines are one of the few foods that I'd call demure, actually. Haha. I haven't bought the pan for these, trying to hold back each time I see it. I think I'll give in to buying them soon!

bakeorbreak said...

Yum! I need to get my madeleine pan back out soon.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Laurie, glazing them is a great idea. :)

Mandy, they were gone in no time, sweetie! :(

Emiline, this is my 5th madeleine attempt and I had a problem with only one recipe. The ones I posted here were great.

Farida, thank you for your kind words!

Ashley, thank you! You should definitely make some. :)

Joy, give in! :)

Jen, I agree. :)

Anonymous said...

Those look delectable, Patricia!

Sarah said...

Orange poppyseed. Just making my mouth water thinking about them. I love all the orange uses in your blog lately!

Unknown said...

Oh these are so cute! I might have to try them.

Helene said...

Glazed madeleines? Sounds wonderful! ...I had an idea you would made madeleines :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful madelines - what a great entry for Barbara's event :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Those are the puffiest madeleines I have ever seen. You really have the magic touch, Patricia.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting madeleines! Pardon me, but they look like mini UFOs.

Jaime said...

your madeleines look so perfect! i have had lemon poppyseed but never orange... yum!

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