Sunday, December 30, 2012

baking in the rain.

In honor of Miles' French descent (and my new cookie sheet), we decided that we would bake something delicious and FRENCH... Madeleine’s! Since Andrew is home and it was raining outside, we decided to tackle not 1, but 3 recipes, so that we could find the best one out there! We're crazy like that. 
We ate as many as we possibly could. Then, we voted...these were the best:

Gourmet Madeleine Cookies


2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 375°F Generously butter and flour pan for large madeleines (about 3x1 1/4 inches).
2. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl just to blend. Beat in vanilla, lemon peel and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Gradually add cooled melted butter in steady stream, beating just until blended.
3. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 10-16 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead.).
4. Dust cookies with powdered sugar.

Source: Bon Appetit Magazine (January 2000)

This photo was taken before the taste test and one batch short.

 Someone LOVES baking... mostly because we usually bake homemade dog treats! Nice try little pup!

- Nicola {and the little pup}


  1. Nicola! Your blog is so cute! I am so happy that you are sharing all of your crafts, cooking, and adventures with us! You have always inspired me with your adorable home, now you'll be inspiring me on your super cute blog! Good luck in with your blog adventures. Sometimes, blogging is super duper time consuming, but later when you look back at it, it will bring you good and wonderful memories. I'm excited to see what kinds of amazing things you'll be posting :)

  2. Thanks Emy!I love reading your blog too... especially to look at your cute Avery pictures. I have a few projects planned this week and I have the week off (thankfully). So I can practice my blogging as I complete things. :)

  3. I was the recipient of delish Madelines... LOVE them!! And I love your blog :) xoxo, alexis and Hudson