Friday, 4 May 2018

Foodie Friday - Madeleines

Madeleines are said to be scallop shaped – but they are more like an elongated cockle. They are little cakes that are very popular in France for afternoon tea.

Madeleines were the speciality of a town in Eastern France – Commercy

Madeleines have simple ingredients, butter, egg, sugar, flour and lemon zest.  You do need to have a special baking tray if you are going to get the traditional shape.

There are a number of theories as to the origin of the name – so pick the one that appeals

·         A servant, Madeleine, created them for a deposed Polish King seeking sanctuary in France
·         A girl of that name making scallop shaped snacks for pilgrims vising the shrine of St Jacques – the French for scallop is coquille st Jacques
·         Created by Talleyrand's chef (not very romantic)

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