Honey-Spiced Madeleines

I’m having trouble getting back into the routine of writing my French Fridays with Dorie posts.  I did the cooking last week (Cinnamon-Crunch Chicken) but failed to write about it.  I guess that one will have to go in the “recap” post I plan on doing one of these days…

But!  Here I am posting about this week’s recipe, Honey-Spiced Madeleines, on time even.

One thing I loved about this recipe is that it gave me excuse to buy a new piece of kitchen equipment: a madeleine pan!  I have always wanted to make madeleines and finally got my chance.

I loved the spicy flavors in these treats.  After tasting the batter I was worried that the orange flavor would be too strong, but it mellowed during baking.  These were more cake-like than I was expecting, not because of Dorie’s description, but because of my own preconceived ideas.  I really liked the light cakieness.  While these are definitely at their best soon after baking, I did enjoy one with my coffee the next morning.

I can’t wait to try the “classic” madeleines soon!

For those of you who may be new to my blog, French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group who are cooking through Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful cookbook Around My French Table, one recipe each week.  We are not sharing recipes, but I encourage anyone to get the book!

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11 responses to “Honey-Spiced Madeleines

  1. Karen, I love any excuse to buy something new for my kitchen. Your Madeleines look gorgeous! Glad you made it this week. Have a nice weekend!

  2. There is nothing like the thrill of a new kitchen toy 🙂 (I just wish I wasn’t on a self-imposed restriction…)

  3. the classic ones are just as good, and my friend really really wants the tea kettle that you have…!! you are the only person I know that actually owns one, everyone else talks about one day purchasing one.

  4. I’m glad you made your post this week, Karen. Your madeleines look beautiful! Your dishes and teapot are so pretty. I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I really don’t need much pushing to buy a specialty pan! But these I know I will make a bunch of times so it was really more of an investment, right?

  6. Teresa

    It’s fun to buy a new piece of kitchen equipment, but not as fun as the feeling you get when the recipe justifies the purchase!

  7. Terrific post! I’m sure you’ll have lots of people agreeing with you about the “new”… whatever the latest is. These were pretty tasty, but I’m even more inspired to try some other flavors, and perfect (or at least improve) my technique!

  8. Beautiful photo! I loved the spices, especially the orange flavor in these spiced madeleines, these are a wonderful treat;-)

  9. Oh, I couldn’t succumb to the thrill of buying a new gadget, even though I must have looked at pans on Amazon for the four weeks leading up to our assignment. I’m still trying to ‘amortize’ the splurge in not one but two mini-bundt pans, although given how lovely these madeleines were, maybe just one won’t hurt. Glad that you loved these!

  10. Glad to hear you treated yourself to the new pan, and used it right away. I’ve had one for years, but it took FFwD for me to finally bake madeleins for the very first time. I forgot to sprinkle mine with the powdered sugar. Yours looks just perfect. What a treat!

  11. Madeleine pans are wonderful! I totally understand the difficulty posting, even if you did the work! Anyway, the madeleines look and sound amazing!

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