It all started when The Transporter aired on telly recently. Frankly, I thought it was rather ridiculous (to use a boring cliche, it’s a bit of a guy movie) but a discussion point is the madeleine and how delicious they are. As a result, Beardy Boyfriend – obviously a fan of the movie – had been pushing me to make some for him! I’d never heard of this little cake – they certainly weren’t common growing up in Delaware! But they are apparently a French staple – they were even chosen to represent France in the EU’s Cafe Europe initiative.
I used bribery (as you do) and told him that that I’d be happy to make him some madeleines if he provided me with the bible of madeleine – We Love Madeleines.
This book is the cookbook equivalent of a French twist comb – it only does one job, but it does it better than anything else. This book is the comprehensive guide to madeleine – there are so many different ideas and flavour combinations, but this book would be absolutely useless without a madeleine pan (either regular or mini sized). I started with the basic madeleine to get the hang of these little cakes.
Basic Madeleines (from We Love Madeleines)
1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar
6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (115g) plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder