Madeleines or how to cook like an author



Or almost…

No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory – this new sensation having had on me the effect which love has of filling me with a precious essence; or rather this essence was not in me it was me. … Whence did it come? What did it mean? How could I seize and apprehend it? … And suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on those mornings I did not go out before mass), when I went to say good morning to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane. The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it. And all from my cup of tea.

—Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

To make them, you need:

1) a form for madeleines. Without it, you will go nowhere. You can find it there but the best is to have an adorable little sister, who will give you two as Xmas gift.

and then you need normal ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 150gr of sugar
  • 200 of flour
  • 2 spoon of orange water
  • 8gr of baking powder
  • 100gr of smellt butter
  • 50gr of milk

How do you do?

You put the butter to smell somewhere (I used the microvawe, but not too hot, it worked).

You mixed the eggs and the sugar until you get a white mix. You put then 40gr of the milk and the orange water. Then, you put in this the flour and the baking powder and at the end, the butter and the rest of the milk. You mix well and let sleep 15 min.

Depending on how fast your owen get hot, decide when you put it at 240C.

You put your mix in your madelein form, but be carefull not to fill upp too much, it will grow.
In the owen
5 min at 240C and 10 min at 200C. Stay around to look the color, it seems that it can burn pretty easily.

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