Sunday, June 20, 2010
Sweet Melissa Sundays: Chestnut (Almond) Honey Madelienes
Hubby and I went to Costco today and there were food samples galore. We had just eaten lunch, so I was only interested in the sweet samples. I had a little strawberry shortcake, a brownie bite and a madeleine. It was a sign I should make this week's recipe selected by Debbie of Cafe Chibita. I was torn on making this week's pick. I don't have a madeleine pan, but I was interested in making this cake like cookie. Bed, Bath and Beyond carries madeleine pans online, but apparently not at their store. They informed me that madeleine pans would fall into the "Beyond" part. When you wait until Sunday to make this revelation, you have to consider plan B. BBB did have an adorable mini bundt pan for a good price and I figured I would be more likely to use this down the road then the madeleine pan. Plan B it is!
The Costco madeleine was sweet and dense with a coarse cakey texture. My mini bundt madeleines were...nothing like the Costco madeleine. Aside from the fact mine were "well done", they reminded me a little of a donut. The outside was chewy and the inside tender.
I halved the recipe and subbed almonds that I had on hand for the hazelnuts. I also sifted my dry mixture to avoid the coarse texture I found in the Costco madeleine. Had mine not burned, they would have been a nice a little treat. I decided a nice shower of powdered sugar was needed to dress up my overly browned bundts. Luckily they are still edible. However they will not be making an appearance at the office tomorrow as originally planned. Hubby seems to like them despite their appearance so they won't go to waste. I would give these another shot and keep a more watchful eye on them. Or just set the timer appropriately next time. Details, details!
On a happy note, I'm very pleased with my mini bundt pan purchase. I see many possibilities for mini treats in my future.
Madeleines of all shapes and sizes can be found here on other Sweet Melissa Sundays bakers blogs.