French madeleine is a famous and delicate tea cake. Originating from Lorraine, it’s a delight for both kids and adults. Traditionally made with butter, it can take many different flavors, such as these exquisite madeleines with pistachios baked by Delices and Gourmandises. Let’s read the history and recipe for this gourmet bakery.
Madeleine was created in 1755 in King Stanislas’ castle in Commercy. On that day, the baker had just hanged up his apron. As it was inconceivable to serve a meal without dessert, the castle butler ordered anyone in the kitchen able to prepare a good pastry to go and bake it to save the king from disgrace. So, as a dessert, guests were being served small striped cake with seashell shape.
At once nicely golden and melting, they enchanted the assembly. Proud and delighted, the king asked the name of this masterpiece. As this pastry had just been invented, he decided to name it after the servant who prepared it: Madeleine.
To vary the pleasures, Delights and Delicacies offers delicious variants of the French madeleine. This time the recipe is available with pistachio.
– 120gr of flour
– 80gr of powdered sugar
– 90gr of butter
– 2 eggs
– 1 tablespoon of pistachio paste
– 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
– In a bowl, beat eggs with sugar, without whitening the mixture.
– Add the butter and pistachio paste and continue to whisk until smooth.
– Stir the yeast and the flour and mix well.
– Cover the preparation with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let stand 1 hour in fridge.
Baking (15 minutes)
– Preheat oven to 220°C.
– Butter the madeleine molds before filling them with dough to ¾.
– Bake, then reduce the temperature to 180° C.
– Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
– Remove the madeleines from the mod once cool.
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