Note: French version is here on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
I'm happy to start -well I hear you saying: what! it's her second post! Yes, you're right but it's the first recipe, and here it's a food blog after all :-)
Madeleines are shell shaped classical French soft cookies. They are old and so classic, every French kids have or had those for snack after school (what we call: quatre heure, it's our tea time but at 4 o'clock!). The madeleines recipe was created in the reign of Louis the XVth and every French literature lovers know about the little Proust madeleine, knows as an image of childhood memories.
I got this madeleine de Commercy recipe from my grand-mother's cookbook, it's old and yellowed enough to say that I will share with you the true, the only one, the original recipe!
Ingredients: (for about 30 madeleines)
-the madeleine pan if you don't know where you can find this essential French cuisine item go here
-250g of sugar
-250g of flour
-150g of unsalted butter
- half of a tea spoon of baking soda (or levure chimique, the most famous one in France is in a pink paper package)
- 1 tea spoon of vanilla sugar ( or vanilla extract)
1- In a large saucepan under low heat melt the butter (it should never become brown), add the eggs and whisk.
2- Remove from the heat, add the sugar and whisk. When the mix is plain and light white add the flour, baking soda and vanilla sugar and whisk again. (Oh! I forgot to say that this recipe requires some whisking skills)
3- If you don't have a non-sticky madeleine pan brush it with butter onto it -your life will get definitely easier and it's way cheaper than a life coach- . Fill the molds with a spoon.
4- Place in a preheat oven for 10 minutes at 180 Celsius degree (350 F degree).
Note: You can replace the vanilla sugar by orange or lemon zest