The sensation of eating a Madeleine was immortalized by Marcel Proust in his memories, “Remembrance of Things Past”, where he recalls eating his mother’s Madeleines:
“She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim’s shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place…at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory…”
Makes you want to eat them, no?
Well here is my favourite recipe. They are simple to make but you do need the special scallop-shaped Madeleine tray!
2 big eggs
Work the eggs into the sugar until the batter turns a paler shade. Slowly add the flour and the butter and (if you want) a little bit of vanilla or lemon extract. Pour into the Madeleine tray and pop into a hot oven until golden (about 10 min)! Enjoy!
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