Since it is a new year, I thought that I should make something new, unlike anything I have ever tried before. What I decided on was Madeleine cookies. Madeleines are something that I have admired for a long time and had a desire to try but never have. Once I watched a Julia Childs video about making the darling little things, but still I never ventured out to do it. The biggest thing stopping me was that I didn’t have a pan. I have looked a few times but could never decide whether I wanted mini madeleines or regular madeleines. I also did not know if I should get a nonstick or regular pan. Decisions, decisions. . . and that is why I never bought one.
But, being the new year I decided that this was something I was going to try – today! So Marshall, being the sweetheart that he is, took me to the one and only store in our little town to buy a pan. They had one pan – regular sized and not nonstick. Well, my decision was made.
At home I checked out several recipes for the cookies and wasn’t sure which one to try. I did recall Julia Childs saying that it was important to brown the butter, so that is one thing I looked for. I found a recipe and went to work. I tried lemon flavored and also a variation for chocolate. They both turned out delicious. I had a little trouble getting them out of the pan but other than that it wasn’t difficult. Of course I had to dip them in chocolate to see how that would be. I think they would dry out pretty quickly otherwise. My family deemed them a success. So here’s to a new year of chocolate adventures. Happy new year!