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Madeleines

 

 

Madeleines have a rich history and are said to have originated in the Lorraine region of France. They are named after a young woman named Madeleine, although the exact origin story is the subject of some debate. These delicate, buttery cakes gained widespread popularity in France and have since become a beloved treat worldwide. The traditional madeleine recipe typically includes flour, sugar, eggs, and butter, along with flavorings like lemon zest. The batter is chilled before being spooned into madeleine molds, which have the characteristic shell shape. This chilling step helps create the iconic hump on the back of the madeleine. Madeleines are known for their light, slightly crisp exterior and soft, tender interior. They are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, as they tend to lose their freshness and texture over time. Many people love to dip them into a hot beverage like tea or coffee to enhance their flavor.

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