When my daughter was little, I always encouraged her interest in cooking. Today, she is quite an accomplished cook/baker herself, and she is the one who gave me the recipe for madeleines – traditional French shell-shaped cupcakes. There are various legends surrounding the origin of these buttery treats, but wherever they came from, they are perfect for dunking in coffee.
Yield: One dozen cakes
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 t vanilla
- 1/8 t salt
- 1/3 c sugar
- 1/2 c flour
- 1/4 c butter
- 1/3 c sugar (for decoration)
Mix in the flour, a little at a time.
Fold the butter into the batter, then spoon into the molds.
Lift from the pan with a knife and sprinkle on decorative sugar.
Wrap to prevent them from hardening. They freeze well – just pop them into the microwave to reheat. Perfect to warm you up on a cold winter evening.