Chocolate Hazelnut and Lemon Poppy seed Madeleines (tea cakes)
Madeleines are cakelike cookies that were made famous by Louis XV in France. For my mom's office bday party I decided to try my hand at making Madeleine cookies/cakes because I just watched that movie The Transporter and the lead girl (Qi Shu) made some for Jason Statham's character (so freaking hot :O even though he's sorta aged......damn he's fine ;) in that movie but i'm probably the only one that thinks so) :P
They're pretty easy to make, and the ingredients are something everyone usually has on hand, butter, sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, some kind of flavored extract :D :D real simple!
I made two types a Chocolate Hazelnut madeleine and a Lemon poppy madeleine . It's funny bc I had to use a miniature tea cake mold rather than the standard madeleine mold :/ argh, frustrating going to Linen N Things and not finding what you need...anyways, so I made them in the Nordic ware mini tea cake mold.
For the Chocolate Hazelnut madeleines, I used a recipe from www.frenchfood.about.com which is Madeleines aux Noisettes. It called for 6 egg whites, whereas the Joy of Baking recipe for the Lemon poppy seeds called for 3 whole eggs.
For the Lemon Poppy seed one, I used the same recipe YumSugar used for her 'My First Madeleines', which is from Joy of Baking
EXCEPT i did their variation of Lemon-Poppy Seed Madeleines - Substitute 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar for 2/3 cup white sugar, substitute 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract plus 1 teaspoon finely minced lemon zest for 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and add l tablespoon poppy seeds after adding butter. Proceed with recipe.
-It's done when you touch it and it springs back
-Wait for it to cool down to 'dry' so it won't be too moist when you eat it
These were good but not dazzling, they'd probably go well with tea. I wish i had the classic shell mold for the Madeleines, maybe they'd be more 'cookie' like bc the ones i made where a bit denser in the center. Anyways, these were still delicous and you can make so many variations on the recipe. :D goodluck!