08 7 / 2011
I’ve been piping Madeline at Craft but I hadn’t yet made the batter and I’ve been dying to try. Over the 4th of July weekend I kept wanting to try but I didn’t have the ingredients or the tools. So Wednesday night I decided I wanted to do a google plus hang out in my kitchen and make David Lebovitz Lemon Madeline. I just made some slight changes.I also decided not to make the glaze he suggests because its really hot and humid in NYC and I didn’t think it would travel well.
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 130g granulated sugar
- rounded 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 175g flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
- zest of one small lemon
- 120g unsalted butter
- Place the Madeline Mold in the Fridge
- Brown the butter by placing it over medium/high heat and stirring just till it changes color. It will take about 12 minutes and as soon as it becomes a warm amber color take it off the heat
- Strain the butter into a glass bowl and let it cool.
- In the bowl whip the eggs, granulated sugar, and salt for 5 minutes until frothy and thickened.
- Spoon the flour and baking powder into a sifter or mesh strainer and use a spatula to slowly fold in the flour as you sift it over the batter.
- Add the lemon zest to the cooled butter, then dribble the butter into the batter, slowly folding until just incorporated
- Using a rubber Spatula scoop the batter into a medium pastry bag (I did two small bags) and seal the back end of the bag. (A Tip I learned at Craft: Place the bag over a bain (or large deep cup) when pouring in batter and it will be easier to fill the bag without making a mess!)
- place the batter in the fridge for an hour or up to 12 hours.
- Baking the madeleines, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Pipe batter (directly perpandicular to the pan) placing the tip in the center of each indentation and putting in batter till its about 3/4 full.
- Lightly but firmly tap the tray on the counter to release any air bubbles
- Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the cakes just feel set.
These are best eaten day off, but they made it to two offices the next day and were enjoyed greatly. Though a lot of people didn’t know what Madeline were. I mean, Proust. I guess in America to have the same Proust reaction I’d have to bring around funnel cakes or something of that sort.
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