2011/09/22

Something I picked up from a movie... (Honey Spiced Madelines)

The ever-so-French Madeline inched it's way into my consciousness after watching the 2002 movie The Transporter


Something about the way Shi Qi's character flicked those little cake-cookies out of the pan left me thinking "she should have let the pan cool down a little longer".  (And since The Dude is an avid fan of this movie and I have seen it so many times, I have had a lot of opportunity to have this thought). 

Alas! It would be several years before I was destined to touch, taste & smell one of these cake-cookies.  I speak sad truths. 

Somehow, a Madeline pan never made its way into my kitchen before I declared a hiatus on incoming single use items.  I know.  I know. 

Apparently, my resolve on this front wasn't as ironclad as I would like to believe - because somehow one ended up in my house in all of its shiny, scalloped glory...



My first foray into Madeline-dom came one weekend when it was "just" The Karate Kid & me - everyone else had left us so that they could go off & "do" whatever it is "they" "do" when they aren't around (but we weren't bitter...).  So we decided to have a "French Feast" that included Duck a' la Orange & Earl Grey Madelines & several other items I can no longer recall.  (BTW, I had never had or prepared duck before - totally winging it...)

Earl Grey Madelines & Seaweed Sables
Any hoo....The Karate Kid and her momma both loved the Earl Grey Madelines and promptly decided that Madelines would be allowed to re-appear (as long as we didn't have to share).  We also decided that seaweed sables needed some help before they made their next appearance...



But, sometimes you have to share...

Right?

Sigh.  There's always the next batch.


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.  Perhaps some of the other FFwD are better sharers...

34 comments:

  1. Those Earl Grey madeleines caught my eye in Baking, so I'm glad to hear that they're better than these ones were. Ha! Looks good!

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  2. Gorgeous, they look so good! I'm going to post mine too;-) I shared a few but it wasn't easy.

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  3. Lovely madeleines! I bought a pan when I was in culinary school and only made them once. I should try this recipe and go back to FFWD. Miss it so much.

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  4. Earl Grey madeleines? Oh yum, now you've put all these deliciously crazy ideas in my head! I've still got a few of those silly faux madeleine molds left, do you think....? LOL, so glad to know that your shell pan wasn't a single-use item after all! Btw, thanks for your kindest comments, I don't think anyone has said I was 'clever' that many times since my first grade teacher found out about my copying during a spelling test...and still managed to get everything wrong. ;-)

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  5. LOL - the allure of the madeleine pan is hard to resist. I bought mine before I knew I wasn't a fan of madeleines because it was just so darn cute. You madelines turned out well.

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  6. I only made 9 because that's how many my pan made and I have to admit I didn't share that many ! What a fun French feast you had!

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  7. I was also interested in making the Earl Grey ones. I'll have to try them now!

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  8. So pretty! I'll have to give the earl grey a try too. I actually loved the seaweed sables, even though mine didn't come out too pretty. So nice that you didn't have to share with the whole family.

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  9. Cher, Beautiful madeleines! Will have to try the Earl Grey version...sounds yummy!

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  10. I have eyed that earl grey recipe before. So they were good huh? Maybe I need to give it a try after all.

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  11. Earl Grey? Now that's more up my alley ... I'll have to dig that out. And I think it will also require a trip to Sur La Table, as that's the only place that carries madeleine pans around here (not the popular confection, I'm afraid). Poor me, that shopping trip....

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  12. Great post, Cher - I'm looking forward to trying the Earl Grey version, too. The spices in these remided me of Constant Comment - one of the teas of my childhood. Have a great weekend!

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  13. You've convinced me to try the Earl Grey version before putting the madeleine pan back on the very top shelf. Where single-use items go to rest.

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  14. What is it about guys and Jason Statham? In 2004, DH and I were in Miami and we stumbled into filming for Transporter 2. Needless to say, it took a while to pry him away from that area. Probably not unlike the last madeleine from the batch you baked. It seems the Earl Grey ones are universally loved - I'll have to track down some tea then!

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  15. LOL, I made four batches so that I could share and have some for the next day... :) I saw that on Transporter too and wanted to make them even more, but I didn't buy the pan until recently! And so glad I did (actually, I bought two...) these are so delicious and easy I feel a bit put-out that I felt like these would be harder in all the years past when I didnt make them.

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  16. So many madeleines I have to make when, WHEN, I finally get my maddy pan. Those look just right!!

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  17. @Adriana - yes, I think most men have a bit of a "man crush" on Jason Statham... Sad thing is, I kind of get it.

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  18. I really like Earl Grey tea and Earl Grey cookies, so I know I would like the madeleines! I don't think I would want to share them either!

    Have a great weekend and!

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  19. They look great! I will have to check out the movie

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  20. I liked the honey spiced ones, but Earl Gray sounds even better. I'll have to try that one, now that I finally broke in my madeleine pan.

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  21. Madeleine pans are great to just have. You can leave them out on your counter when people come to visit ad just 'oh, i was just about to make some madeleines'. It is very impressive to say so. You don't even have to do it...just having the pan is enough to lend you cred. Now about those Earl Grey madeleines...I must find that recipe. Where was it?

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  22. I'm quite in awe of the French feast!! I'm also a little scared of the seaweed cookies! Your madeleines look pretty much perfect.

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  23. Madeleines are fun...I think lots of flavors and trimmings would work...I"m getting in a chocolate mood and think chocolate madeleines would be tasty. Nice post as always...enjoy reading you and seeing what you do.

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  24. You're so sweet! I really love the Sorbet. I think the next time I make it, though, I'm going to omit the 1/4 cup of water & use all Riesling. I hope you'll try it - it's wonderful.

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  25. Yours turned out beautifully! Earl grey sounds like a great twist. I'll have to remember that one.

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  26. Earl Grey madeleines, now that's a recipe that might send me to the store for a single-purpose pan! I quite enjoyed these, though the shape of mine was unsanctioned.

    I love all the associations people have with madeleines - it's not just Proust!

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  27. @Trevor - it's in Dorie Greenspan's Baking (p 169)

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  28. As always, your post is terrific! Your madeleines sound even better. I've been inspired by all of the variations - though I think I've seen most comments about yours!

    BTW, just to let you know - I'm also in awe of the beautiful, uplifting comments you leave on others' blogs - so nicely done!

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  29. Oooh, Earl Grey Madeleines sound intriguing, and would go with my recipe for Earl Grey Ice Cream.....thanks for sharing!

    PS - love the sleek new look of your blog!

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  30. Earl Grey is my favourite tea. I haven't come across the Earl Grey Madeleines in the Baking book, will definitely try those.

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  31. Earl Grey! Such a great idea. That's my favourite tea and have often made them in a macaroon but not madeleines...I suppose there is always next time.

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  32. Your Earl Grey madeleines look wonderful! I will have to try that recipe for sure. Love the French meal for two, the seaweed sables are intriguing, sounds like a very fun day with you and your Karate Kid :)

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  33. have to try the Earl grey ones !!

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