Saturday, October 30, 2010
Nothing like a good cup of espresso with a Chocolate Honey Madeline to transport me back to a little cafe on the streets of Paris. I'm a romantic at heart so it usually doesn't take much to transport me to Paris-the smell of French Onion Soup, a plate of perfect frites, pastry of any type, hot chocolate as rich as Angelina's, or a sweet little Madeline. I have never made chocolate madeleines-I prefer the simplicity of the original. However, Francois Payard does have a way of changing my mind. Julie from A Little Bit of Everything selected this month's Chocolate with Francois recipe-Chocolate Honey Madeleines. They have a hint of orange zest-mine had a hint of lemon zest ! I never know what to expect with his recipes. They are easy to follow but the results vary-you really have to follow them to the very letter-as with anything in baking. But I suspect his years of experience give him that little extra magic that results in perfection each time he bakes.
I was very happy with my results. They have the little mound that rose in the center and very few pin holes from air bubbles when I turned them out of the pan. And the taste was just slightly chocolaty with a hint of lemon.The honey was lost in the batter. Next time I will let the batter reach room temperature before attempting to pipe it into the Madeleine pans. I didn't do that today and the batter was very thick and cold-I had to use every muscle to squeeze the pastry bag ! Time for another cup of espresso, Bon Appetit .
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