Madmac - Madeleines and Macarons

 

Madeleines

Pronounced: mahd lehn

Madeleines are little cakelike cookies that are baked in special molds that give them a delicate shell shape.

According to one story the name "Madeleine" was given to the cookies by Louis XV to honor his father in-law's cook Madeleine Paulmier. Louis first tasted them at the Chateau Commercy in Lorraine in 1755. Louis' wife, Marie introduced them to the court and they soon became all the rage at Versailles. Whatever the origins, they have become inextricably linked with the author Marcel Proust, who described them as "...little shell of cake, so generously sensual beneath the piety of its stern pleating."

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