Until today, I have never baked nor have I tried Madeleines. I cannot believe, having a sweet tooth, I missed on these beauties 🙂 Two hours later and I already had 5…big mistake! I feel it is impossible to stop eating them…these delicate orange scented cakes are so moist, just melting in my mouth.
The Madeleines were made famous by Marcel Proust in his novel “Remembrance of Things Past” and their origins, apparently are in a French town, in the regions of Lorraine, during the 18th century when these tea cakes were served to the Duke of Lorraine and because he absolutely loved them, he named them after the girl who made them, Madeleine.
Couple of weeks ago, I was watching Ina Garten on Barefoot Contessa food show and she was baking some coconut Madeleines for her friends. I knew right then that I will have to give them a try, absolutely perfect little shells, fluffy and moist. So, this morning all I had in my head was…I have to bake some orange Madeleines! They are so perfect! The delicate orange scent is so fresh!