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FFwD: Honey Spiced (not)Madeleines

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So, at first I was kind of sad for this French Fridays with Dorie as I don’t currently have a Madeleine pan and thought I’d have to sit it out. Then, I started poking around the interwebs looking for ideas on how to get around that and I found two great ones — a mini-muffin pan (which I have) and spoons (which…I also have).

The spoons, imho, are a great idea but when I tried it out with just two spoons (pilot project!) I learned that you absolutely can not over-fill the spoons. As in you have to severely under-fill them to not wind up with a mess (which I did wind up with). The cookies kind of puff up around and over the edges of the spoon unless you have a great deal of self-control and discipline (which I don’t have), when applying the batter to the spoons. So…mini muffin pans it was!

Some notes on this FFwD:

1. I made a half recipe, which gave me about 10 mini-muffin (not)madeleines.
2. I made the batter Wednesday night and baked the cookies Thursday night.
3. As of 8:30 PM Thursday, all of them were gone.
4. I kind of want to go buy a proper Madeleine pan now.
5. Just in case you are curious (and I was before I tried it), I didn’t notice any damage to my spoons after having them in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Here’s a link to everyone’s posts. And here are my pictures below.

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Sugar and orange zest rubbed together.

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Mixing it all together.

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After resting in the fridge overnight.

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Batter in spoons. If you do this, fill only half as full as I did here. Thank god for the tin foil underneath.

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Mini muffin tin, loaded and ready for the oven.

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Out of the oven and ready for snackin’.

11 comments to FFwD: Honey Spiced (not)Madeleines

  • your muffins look delicious even if you didn’t get them into Madeleine pans! : ) all that matters is the taste anyways… mine didnt last long either and I made four batches… LOL!

  • Your little mini muffins look very cute. I too attempted the spoon option but my spoons proved too small and it was difficult to get them to lay properly, so in the end too much trouble and I went with muffin tins as well.

  • I love all the ingenious ideas people are coming up with to substitute for madeleine pans!I never would have thought of spoons!

  • I am impressed that you went to such lengths to figure it all out.
    Very nice!

  • I, too, did not have a madeleine pan (and really didn’t want to buy one), so I took a chance and used a tea cake pan. I love your experiments!

  • The spoon idea sounds so cute, but I can see how things could go wrong very quickly. Since you enjoyed them so much, I say get the madeleine pan. I didn’t like them that much, so I’m kicking myself for buying a special pan. Oh well. Live and learn.

  • Pretty process pictures, MLB! I also had to get creative with my choice of bakeware. The spoons, however (bad pun alert), take the cake. ;-)

  • What a great idea!! I would love to try the spoon route, but the muffin pan looks much safer!!

  • I love your ingenuity! I went the lazy way and chilled the batter in the pan.

  • The spoon idea sounds so cute, but I can see how things could go wrong very quickly. Since you enjoyed them so much, I say get the madeleine pan. I didn’t like them that much, so I’m kicking myself for buying a special pan. Oh well. Live and learn.

  • How clever to use spoons…sorry it didn’t work out. Glad you enjoyed your mini muffin version…they look quite nice…and taste is the most important thing!