La Madeleine cakes

S.Kenney - La Madeleine cakes

With a daughter named Madeleine, you'd think I would have made these adorable cookies long ago.  It was actually for an event for my son that I tried them out for the first time.  I found a Madeleine cake mold and decided to buy it.  My son had one of his "Odyssey of the Mind" meetings so I thought this would be a nice treat for the group.  Don't worry.  My Madeleine, the newly turned 17 year old, had some put aside for her.

"Odyssey of the Mind" is a wonderful team-building group for teens.  My son enjoyed coming up with and building an invention with his group, pairing it with a skit that brought a character of a famous inventor and then competing against other teams from the Houston area.  Every single item involved in building their contraption and pairing it with their skit had to come from scraps that they found at home or in garages.  No adult intervention is allowed in giving technical or artistic advice.  It was a wonderful experience and as the team was working hard, it was probably nice to munch on dainty Madeleine cakes.

Pardon the little chick.  Isn't he adorable?  I just can't help adding him to some photos.  You'll be seeing him pop in and out as we near Easter.  Wouldn't he be so cute on top of cupcakes?  I just might try that.

S.Kenney - La Madeleine cakes

One thing that was allowed was bringing snacks to the kids.  I am good at that.  I was tickled to use this new "Madeleine"mold.  The cookies (or more like little cakes) were easy to make and had just the right touch of sweetness.  With Easter fast approaching, these would be so sweet to have on hand as Easter treats.

La Madeleine Cakes:

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
Beat the eggs with the sugar, vanilla and half of the milk until thick and light yellow. Add the flour and baking powder bit by bit and continue mixing until smooth. Stir in the rest of the milk and the melted butter.

Carefully grease your madeleine tray if necessary. Spoon about two tablespoons of batter into each mold. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°F. Cool on a rack.

Makes 24 madeleines.

You could flavor your madeleines with different things, perhaps orange or lemon zest. A dusting of powdered sugar would look nice as well.

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