Recipe By:Judy Farris
"Sponge cake cookie--in shell shaped molds."Ingredients
Enjoy with lime blossom or linden flower tea. Just like Marcel Proust in Swann's Way.
Vegan French Madelines
The Coopers’ Madeleines
Who thought Madeleines could be vegan? Well, Clementine Cooper’s family figured that one out. This recipe is easy as pie and so yummy, too.
2 tablespoons cornstarch
6 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Earth Balance, melted and cooled
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the Madeleine cookie mold pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and almond extract, and the sugar. Stir in the flour and baking powder until well combined. Add the Earth Balance and mix until smooth. Drop about 2 tablespoons of batter into each mold. (I also put some almond slivers in the cookie molds first). Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. When cooled, remove from molds and place on a plate shell side up.
One of my resolutions this year was to really get into reading in 2016. I always say that I love to read, but it is hard for me to name a favorite author or genre since I read so many different things. I use goodreads to track my reading and to keep a list of what I want to read. Goodreads is great because I can comment on the book, highlight favorite quotes, and share my reading adventures with my book club.
Last year, my goal was to read 20 books and I actually read 25. That was surprising as I had spent the summer finishing my Master's. I also picked up a big sack of Janet Evanovich books---which helped me surpass my goal, they are great little pool-side books and quick reading. This year, my goal is 30 books. It is mid-March, and I've already read 10 books. I'm in the middle of 3 books this month, and I plan to finish them all up. I'm at about 33% of my goal right now.
What does all of that have to do with madeline cookie recipes? Well, I mentioned my book club before....each month, we meet and discuss a book. I love books that make me think about life, or ask questions, so a book club is a great opportunity to talk about those thoughts and questions. My favorite part about book club is the camaraderie with the women and the fact that they appreciate similar things. If the book gets made into a movie, we try to watch the movie together. If the book is set in a certain place, we try to have a meal from there. One of the main theme's of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past is memory. He relates his memories to every sense---sound, smell, touch, taste. In the first book of the series, a very famous passage, mentions his memory of the madeline tea cake, soaked in linden flower tea, and how the taste of it fills his heart with love and memory.
So naturally, for our book club, we had to have a French tea party, with linden flower tea and madeline tea cakes. I found some French macaroons at Trader Joes, and tried two recipes of the tea cakes. One recipe is vegan, since my friend Constance is vegan, I knew she wouldn't be able to try the real cookies which have oodles of butter. The vegan cookies were freshly made that day, so they were pretty good...but I sent the extras home with Constance. The REAL recipe, is absolutely fantastic....I ate like half a dozen the day I made them, when they were fresh and warm from the oven. The rest were frozen and saved for the day of the party---half of them I dipped in chocolate on the tips, and they were still really good, even though they had been in the freezer for two weeks.
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