I love madeleine cookies. I love them so much, I probably make them at least once a month. They’re a great snack and I always have someone in our home to enjoy, especially for guests that stop by for tea time. Believe me, ours never go to waste.
The official description taken from Wikipedia:
Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. Aside from the traditional moulded pan, commonly found in stores specialising in kitchen equipment and even hardware stores, no special tools are required to make madeleines.
A génoise cake batter is used. The flavour is similar to, but somewhat lighter than, sponge cake. Traditional recipes include very finely ground nuts, usually almonds. A variation uses lemon zest, for a pronounced lemony taste. English madeleines also use a génoise sponge but they are baked in dariole moulds. After cooking, the cakes are coated in jam and desiccated coconut, and are usually topped with a glacé cherry.
My friend Zareen recently opened her new restaurant, aptly named Zareen’s, on 1477 Plymouth in Mountain View. She serves delicious Pakistani/Indian kebabs and various scrumptious goods. She asked me if I’d be interested to make desserts. I rolled up my sleeves and jumped right in. I wanted to impart an oriental flair to the sweets so I prepared masala chai madeleine cupcakes. If you live in the area, stop in and try Zareen’s delicious menu and my sweets! And if you don’t live near by, you can always try and replicate them by watching my new madeleine cooking tutorial!
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Zareen’s is located at 1477 Pymouth St, Ste C, Mountain View CA 94043 (510)673-9587