Give a try to soft French cookies known as the Madeleine cakes. They resemble sponge cakes in taste and texture, but they are softer. They are usually served for tea. These cakes are customarily baked in metallic forms with crest-shaped indentations.
One of the stories about the origin of the cookies recounts that they were created by a maid at the court of Polish king Stanislaus Leszczynski whose name was Madeleine. She served these small cakes at a ball in Paris in honor of Louis XV. The king and all the guests liked the cakes, and the dessert was named after the girl. Versailles confectioners received the recipe, and the cakes became Europe’s favorite dessert.
Ingredients for Madeleine Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup flour
- Butter: 150 g.
- Vanilla or lemon peel.
- A pinch of salt.
- Baking powder 1 tsp
Recipe for Madeleine Cookies
- Whip up eggs with sugar until you get rich thick cream.
- Mix in sifted flour with baking powder gradually.
- Add melted and cooled soft butter and vanilla. Give it a good mix-up.
- Put the dough into the fridge for 1-2 hour.
- Oil the form and sprinkle with flour.
- Heat the oven to 390 degrees.
- Put 1 tablespoonful of the dough in every hollow of the form.
- Bake until the cakes acquire a golden hue. After 5 minutes turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake for another 8-10 minutes, making the total of 13-15 minutes.