Madeleines

These little sponge cakes, immortalized by Marcel Proust in Remembrance of Things Past, are at their most memorable when eaten as Proust himself liked them, fresh from the oven, still warm and a little crisp on the outside. As madeleines tend to dry out quickly, home-baked ones are best. Madeleine pans were among the first baking pans that Chuck Williams brought to America in the late 1950s, and they were the most popular items for a year or two in the Williams Sonoma store. If you use a black nonstick madeleine pan, decrease the oven temperature by 25deg.F or shorten the baking time by a few minutes. You can find orange flower water imported from France in specialty-food shops.
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Review 1 for Madeleines
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Anonymous
Glen Allen, VA
January 17, 2011
Would You Recommend? Yes
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Delicate treat
January 17, 2011
As suggested, I lowered the temperature 25 degrees for my black nonstick pan, but the bottoms were already too dark at 7 minutes. Like the previous reviewer, I could only fill 10 of the 12 molds. Because I liked the unusual perfumy flavor of the orange flower water, I will make them again after making the proper heat adjustment.
Review 2 for Madeleines
2 out of 5
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pacsman
North Carolina
January 9, 2011
Would You Recommend? No
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Not what I expected
January 9, 2011
Not sure what happened. Gave this recipe a try and followed it exactly. The batter seems quite dry and doesn't fill all 12 cups. Will try it again but seems like it needs more volume.
Review 3 for Madeleines
5 out of 5
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Remy30263
Newnan, GA
October 1, 2010
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Simply Fantastic
October 1, 2010
I leave out the rose water, but aside from that, these little cakes are just a perfect Sunday morning treat. The hardest part I have is trying to not eat all 12 cakes in the same sitting.
Review 4 for Madeleines
5 out of 5
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susies
Los Angeles, Ca
April 30, 2010
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Grand-daughter's Favorite
April 30, 2010
Of all the cookies, these are her favorites. Yummy buttery homemade Madeleines.