These Maple Orange Madeleines is a delicious way to celebrate the maple syrup season (Or just any time of the year.)
Hello, my friends. I have a bizarre question today. Do you believe in personality traits according to Horoscope? While I am not into this at all, from my experience and observations, I might see some connections. I don’t like to categorize people, but sometimes I see some similarities in behaviours of folks born under the same sign.
For instance, they say those born under the sign of Taurus are known for being stubborn. I can see that. I am a pretty stubborn person myself. In my book, there are two ways of being stubborn – the positive and silly. When a person is determined to achieve something without giving up, that’s certainly a good way. However, many people can be stubborn just because they are this way.
I must admit I am guilty of doing this every now and then. Most commonly this happens when I argue or quarrel (Nothing serious) about something with Andrey. The funny part is that often I realize I am completely wrong right in the middle of the argument. What would a normal person do? Stop it and apologize. Me? Most likely, I will stubbornly continue to insist my position is correct. Of course, I will apologize and accept this a few hours later. But right away? I’m not the one who easily gives up.
I wish I were that stubborn in the kitchen, though. I cannot say I often face failures here, and normally I would repeat a recipe if it needs to be polished (The huge exception those complicated layer cakes as I don’t have time to repeat something that requires many hours).
In 2014 I really wanted to try madeleines, and I become a lucky owner of a madeleine pan. The first attempt and it was a tremendous failure. I must admit that I did make some unacceptable shortcuts. That is probably the only example when I immediately stopped trying. For the next 5 years.
This winter I decided to give this lovely French dessert a second chance. The result was pretty good. The next weekend (Saturday) another attempt was deemed successful, and I decided I was ready to bake madeleines once again, to take the pictures. I couldn’t wait, so I mixed another batch on Sunday. Result? A disaster! Of course, I am exaggerating, but when you’re mastering one recipe, you expect it to be better and better every time.
I have no idea how many madeleines have been consumed in our house lately, but personally, I am taking a little break. I can say that I am absolutely satisfied with their flavour and texture, but I still need to handle their size. Sometimes they turn a little too small while sometimes – enormous (And I always fill only 2/3 of the mould. This is a mystery of the XXI century!)
Anyway, madeleines are an easy and delicious dessert yet a little capricious. But don’t be afraid to tackle them – I have included in the recipe some tricks that will help you to make perfect madeleines. What about trying these Maple Orange Madeleines first?