Friday, June 6, 2008

Spiced madeleines

Spiced madeleines

Ever since creating the blog, I have tried a huge number of new, different ingredients. I can’t even list them anymore – too many for my poor memory to gather up.

One of those ingredients is allspice. I’d seen it around in several recipes but it only premiered in my kitchen last week, when I baked these tender and light madeleines. For a spice fan like me, it was about time.

Speaking of "premiere" and "fan", “SATC” opened here last Friday and I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t wait to watch the movie – I have all the DVDs and have seen each episode 3-4 times; I like it to the point of knowing lots of lines by heart... :)
All the girls are fantastic, but Samantha is still my favorite – not only she’s the funniest of them all, but also the prettiest. And the oldest!

Spiced madeleines

Spiced madeleines
from here

¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon (melted) for greasing molds
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom*
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch of salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
confectioners' sugar for dusting

Special equipment: a madeleine pan with 12 (7.5x5cm/3-by 2-inch) molds

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Brush molds with some melted butter, then chill until set, about 5 minutes. Brush molds again with some melted butter and chill pan.

Sift together flour, baking powder, spices, and a pinch of salt.

Whisk together sugars and eggs until combined well. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined, then stir in remaining butter (6 tablespoons) until just incorporated. Spoon batter into molds, filling them about two thirds full. Bake 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 175ºC/350ºF and bake until springy to the touch and edges are lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn out onto a rack and cool 15 minutes.
Just before serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar.

*the original recipe calls for ground coriander; I preferred to use cardamom instead.

Makes 12 – I got 12 like the ones on the photos + 15 smaller, traditional-shaped madeleines

Spiced madeleines

38 comments:

Peter G said...

I love spice too Patricia...great how you used it in these madeleines. I just saw SATC last night..and it was great!

LyB said...

I can see why you've been called the Queen of Madeleines, these are beautiful and they sound delicious too! :)

Peter M said...

The spices turn these into little zingy bites, wonderful with a coffee.

Technicolour Madeleine anyone?

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Hi Pat!

REading your blog always make me so happy & cheers me up!
I'd love to have one of your madeleines... Gosh, I could do some baking right now!

ovenhaven said...

I just had a piece of madeleine before this, and immediately I thought of you, sweetie! No kidding! And true enough, you've amazed us once more with another variation of madeleine. They look absolutely stunning as always :)

Manggy said...

It originally called for ground coriander!! That's kind of... O_o Hmm :) Anyway, you are totally a cookie monster, the Brazilian mistress of madeleines :D (Pierre Herme considers these cookies, so I do too :)

I'm not a huge fan of SATC, but I have watched every episode (I certainly haven't memorized every line). I decided not to watch the movie because the version here is addled with so many cuts that it's now R-13! What 13 year-old even watched the show to begin with?! It's stupid. I'll just wait for the DVD.

My favorite line is Charlotte's... The one that begins "I'm tired of having a relationship with a p****s!"
... And Samantha's "They chased me out of the building like I was F**kenstein!"

noble pig said...

These look so good. I love your presentation of them too!

Marysol said...

Patricia, I absolutely love every spice going into this recipe, especially Cardamom. And your pictures are a delight, as always.

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

How excellent, Patricia - I have to try this! I would love to taste madeleines with this combination of spices - wonderful!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Cardamom is one of my new favorite baking spices, so you know I'm passing this recipe along to my resident baker-husband for him to try.

Pam said...

Patricia, you keep reminding me that I must find a madeleine pan!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Patricia darling..what did I tell you once? :-D you are the goddess of madeleins!! and that's true honey
They look delicious ..and for sure they are!
Kisses dear
Silvia

linda said...

Like you I try lots of new ingredients but never allspice....now I have to buy it too ;)
Your lovely shells looks ever so delicious!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Blogging is so wonderful for introducing new ingredients and cooking methods. That's one of the things I love most about it.

Aran said...

what can i say, i love madeleines, i love allspice, i love SATC... i saw it last weekend. laughed, cried... the whole bit.

cookworm said...

You are tempting me too much with all your beautiful madeleine posts! Cardamom and allspice sound like a perfect spice combo.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pete, the girls are fabulous!

LyB, thank you, my dear!

Pete, I love that name! ;)

Stella, my dear, it's great hearing from you again!

Hi, darling! I believe you and that makes me really glad!

Mark, I love it when Samantha says to Charlotte "honey, you are so uptight you should do a number 7" (about doing a number 2 in the boyfriend's house). Sam Jones rules! :)
Please, let me know when you watch the movie, I'd love to hear your opinion about it, my friend.
And I love all the nicknames you have given me. ;)

Cathy, thank you!

Marysol, thank you for stopping by!

T.W., I was intrigued when I saw the recipe on Epicurious!

Lydia, I love cardamom, too, dear!

Pam, you have to! :)

Silvia, my dear, I'm glad you think so! ;)
xoxo

Linda, you have to! :)

Susan, I couldn't agree with you more, my friend.

Aran, I laughed and cried, too. My husband told me I cried 6 times. I can't believe he counted it. :)

Cookworm, I hope you make some madeleines soon, I'm sure they will be fantastic!

Dharm said...

Spicy Madeleines! Now that sounds and looks just fantastic! My mom uses allspice in her fruit cake along with a whole host of other stuff... :)

eatme_delicious said...

Great looking madeleines! I've made madeleines several times but haven't tried them with spices like this yet. I can't wait to see the SATC movie!

myfrenchkitchen said...

Beautiful madeleines you have here. I adore madeleines and have had several different flavours...lemon, green tea, pistachio etc...but never allspice. This looks tasty!
ronell

Peabody said...

Spicy...like Samantha. I am a Charlotte girl myself.

jasmine said...

Very lovely. I an imagine them with a Christmas tea.

j

Mandy said...

your madeleines look perfect, Patricia. I just baked a batch of madeleine this morning, but they didn't turn out well! If only I could sneak one of yours to comfort my broken heart. :p

Lorraine E said...

Love the idea of the spicy madelines! Gorgeous and perfect as usual :)

I agree, Samantha is great. Although I can't believe she let Smith go! :(

Chuck said...

Mmm... spiced madeleines. This sounds perfect with a nice, hot cup of tea!

nicisme said...

Interestingly different! I think I would like these very much!

Ann said...

Wow! What a wonderful new version of a classic!

Dita said...

Hi Pat. I'm a spice fan and I really want to try this recipe out. But, I think It's kinda hard to find the madelaine pan here :(

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love the shape and presentation of these...too cute! And I bet with all of those spices they tasted divine!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dharm, that fruitcake must be out of this world. :)

Ashley, I think you'd like these!

Ronell, I'd love to try the green tea version.

Pea, she's spicy, you're right! And just so you know it, Charlotte is my second favorite. :)

Jarmine, that is a fabulous idea, dear.

Mandy, you are such a wonderful baker, I can't imagine that, sweetie!

Lorraine, she's not a relationship person. :S

Chuck, I agree!

Nic, I think so too. :)

Ann, thank you!

Dita, they are impossible to find here in Brazil, either, dear. These were sent all the way from Japan! They were a present from a very special friend.

Melody, they did! :)

Elly said...

These look SO delicious! Yum. I got a madeleine pan a while back but I haven't actually broken it in yet. I might have to with these!

Gigi said...

I love, love your sea shell madeleine pan! These brown sugar spice cookies look heavenly.

Jeanne said...

Mmmm...madeleines! I can see that I'm going to have to get myself some madeleine tins. They are just so versatile in terms of the flavours you can use, and so prettily petite. Love these!

Shari said...

These madeleines sound delicious with allspice!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Deborah said...

I love allspice. These madeleines sound they would be perfect for the holidays!

Marianna said...

wow, these madeleines sound incredible! Im sure they taste delicious! I saw SATC last week- it was great! And all those clothes!!

Barbara said...

Lovely, the spices sound wonderful. I saw the movie last week. My cell phone never rings, only my husband has the number,so I didn't bother to turn it off, and he rang when Big was proposing.

Christina said...

Oh, these look delicious. I am such a fan of cardamom and can just taste these cookies. I want one now!

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