But, back to Mother's Day...... my gift from step-daughter Lorelei and her husband Dan came on Saturday. It was a lovely mint green Laduree box - just like the ones all of those scrumptious treats are packaged in. (apologies to all you Francophiles. I'm not sure how to make the accent over the first "e" on my very American keyboard).
I was expecting macarons when I opened the box - but it was better. A cookbook for all the wonderful things served there. Alas, no recipe for the iced coffee. I guess they figure any fool could figure that out. Heh, want to make a wager on that? Anyway, on our many visits to different boulangeries and pastisserie's, and especially Laduree in France with Polly - Polly asked me if I had ever made madeleines. I never have. She said her only attempt at baking them wasn't successful. A very interesting and easy recipe for madeleines is in the cookbook. A madeleine pan from Williams Sonoma was purchased and these are a hit! Polly is baking these today too!
The recipe, while simple, is very detailed. A 390 degree oven is required. Not 375 or 400, but 390. Check. Buttering, then chilling the pan - and finally flouring the pan is specified. Check. Making the batter the night before and refrigerating is demanded. Check. Who am I to question Laduree? May is a lovely time of year to have people over for tea, isn't it?