Tuesday, January 11, 2011

TWD: (Not) Fluff Filled Chocolate Madeleines

I'll be blunt. When it comes to certain things, I am lazy. Why make a layer cake that you have to frost when a Bundt cake tastes just as lovely and only needs glaze? Why make a two crust pie when there are crisps and crumbles that just need fruit and a streusel? Are you sensing where this is heading?

I've never made madeleines before. The last time the TWD group made them, I skipped that week. It had something to do with needing special pans or some other excuse. I decided I wasn't skipping this time. I borrowed a pan. (I was going to buy one, then I ran into my sister-in-law at the store. She told me she has four of them. Thanks, A!)

The madeleines were so easy to put together. Seriously. I used one bowl and a few measuring cups/spoon. The batter went into the fridge overnight. Viola! I'm ready to bake. I read about not overfilling the pans, so I wanted to be careful. The recipe says this makes 12 cookies. Normally, I get more than the printed yield. Since I hadn't made these before, I wanted to stick with the right yield. I used my tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the dough. After 12 minutes in the oven, mine were done. They popped right out of the pan. They looked the way they were supposed to look!

If you look closely, you can see the little ridges.

I thought about using fluff and ganache. I did. And then I lined them up and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. Lazy. And less messy. I was a little worried that the ganache would overpower the more delicate flavor of the cookie, so I can use that as an excuse as well.

These turned out really nicely. Both the Boy and the Girl gave them thumbs up. I think that this is a lovely easy recipe, and I would certainly make it again. I really want to try the traditional version now. I just may have to go out and buy my own pan.

To see what the fluff filled version looks like, go visit Margo at Effort to Deliciousness.

10 comments:

Cakelaw said...

I think these would be great on their own. I am with you - if the frills aren't necessary, I normally won't make them.

Leslie said...

They look so elegant and traditional with the dusting of powdered sugar! Yay for not having to buy a pan!

Flourchild said...

First time for me too! Your turned out so good!!

Kayte said...

They look cute with the sprinkled sugar, and I am here to tell you that you saved yourself a lot of frustration of trying to get that fluff inside...finally I just dug a hole for it!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

They look so yummy! Definitely try the traditional ones if you get a chance - they're lovely! :)

Katrina said...

Your madeleines look perfect. Love the idea of just making them simple. I've never made or eaten any before. Glad I bought a pan.

Karen said...

Glad the P&Q's helped you out and what luck to run into someone who had a pan! :) I am all about easy! If I had thought about powdered sugar I may have used that as well.

margot said...

Your madeleines look beautiful, I'm happy you were able to borrow a pan and bake along. You saved yourself a big mess by not filling and frosting them - both me and the kitchen were really sticky.

Nichi said...

Im a proud member of club lazy too! I haven't even made mine yet... I bought the fluff tho.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

even without the fluff and ganache, they look great! and more traditional, too.