Thursday, November 5, 2009
How about a little basket of muffin goodness to start your day off right? I remember Heavenly Housewife, of From Donuts to Delirium, posting about madeleine cookies. Oh how I love those shell-shaped cookies. I commented about I wish I could make them, but I didn't have a the mold pan. She responded by suggesting using a muffin pan. My dahhhhling HH, you a genius!! Why I didn't think of that before I have no idea? A solution was staring at me right in the face and yet, I couldn't see it.
The original recipe came from a cookbook my mom had given me as a gift one Christmas called Williams-Sonoma Foods of the World, Paris. The recipe was called Madaleines Au Citron or Lemon Madeleines. I enjoy a madeleine cookie every now and then maybe with a cup of tea or coffee. I've sometimes get a tub of them from Costco, whenever I shop there.
For this one, I changed it up a bit by adding a bit of cocoa powder to the recipe. I don't have a madeleine cookie mold, so in came the mini muffin pan. Though, a madeleine pan would be nice to have. (Note to self: add to kitchen wish list) Takes only several minutes to bake and it's super good with a hint of lemon flavor. You have one, you can't resist and must have another.
Makes 12-16 muffins.
Choco Lemon Madeleine Muffins
adapted from Williams-Sonoma Foods of the World, Paris
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 c flour
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 c unsalted butter - melted
powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375˚F
Baste your muffin pan with some of the melted butter and dust the molds with some flour and pat off the excess.
Sift together the flour, cocoa and salt.
Cream together the melted butter and sugar. Then add each egg beating after each one. Followed by the vanilla extract and almond extract.
Slowly add the flour mixture and combine. Then fold in the lemon zest.
Divide the batter evenly among the molds and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes from removing from molds.
Dusting with some powdered sugar is optional.