Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ina Garten's Coconut Madeleines!

Lately, I adore any recipe that reminds me of our trip to the blissfully sublime city of Paris. The foods...the markets...the sights...the smells...the was all so inspiring! Recently, I purchased a copy of Ina Garten's cookbook, "Barefoot in Paris," and I knew that I had to try her recipe for Coconut Madeleines as soon as possible. These little cookie 'cakes' are so easy and SO scrumptious...and one bite transports me back to the sidewalks of the Saint Germain des Pres area where we sipped espresso and people-watched from a cozy bistro table at the famous Les Deux Magots.
I was able to find a wonderful Madeleine pan at Williams-Sonoma. It worked beautifully and the cookies popped out perfectly. They kind of taste like little pound cakes! The addition of coconut is so yummy. If you're not a coconut fan, you can easily substitute anything from orange or lemon zest to chocolate can even dip half of each cookie in ganache. I definitely plan to experiment with different combinations and have fun with this recipe. There are many possibilities!
If you've never tried Madeleines before, now is the perfect time! Give these a try...I promise you'll like them!

1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, to grease the pans, plus 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Confectioners' sugar, optional

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Thoroughly butter and flour the madeleine pans.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light yellow and fluffy. Add 1/4 pound of butter and mix. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the batter with a rubber spatula. Stir in the coconut.

With a soup spoon, drop the batter into the pans, filling each shell almost full. Bake the madeleines for 10 to 12 minutes, until they spring back when pressed. Tap the madeleines out onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.


Joelen said...

These look so beautiful and dainty! Great job and I love that you used coconut in this!

Stephanie said...

So elegant and I love that you were inspired by your trip to Paris. I wish I could go and get inspired! Loved all your posts on your trip by the way.

Chocolate Shavings said...

I grew up in Paris and this used to be my favorite snack. I should really try making my own at home, yours look great!

Gale Reeves said...

I've made these. They are delicious!!! I'm a Barefoot Contessa fan and have success with her recipes.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow...these look totally yummy! This would be a great post to link to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum! :-) Susan

~Amber~ said...

These look and sound amazing. I am going to make some of these toady. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Franléo said...

Good evening! First, sorry for my english...I like your blog very much. What lovely and tasty Madeleines! Just an advice, if I can... if you want a "hump" on the top of your madeleines, you should place the pastry (or paste?) in the fridge during 2 or 3 hours before putting in the oven. See you soon..