Last Saturday, the whole family found ourselves at home. This is a very rare occurrence on a weekend, and while I was cooking up a delicious dinner, I had the idea that we needed to celebrate with dessert.
But which dessert?
I flipped through my cookbook, and found this recipe that I had printed out years ago. As in, like six years ago. Mmm...madelines. I once made myself sick off of eating so many of them, and yet I still love them. That is the sign of a great cookie!
I remember the recipe calling for lemon zest. Well, I didn't have any. What I did have were satsumas. With a declaration of "oh what the hell", I set off on a journey that ended with one of the best cookies I've ever made. Troy declared them "dangerous".
Oh, and I also made them a little bit healthier.
Yeah. You're welcome.
You need a special pan to make these in to the shape of the madeline. I can't speak to what they'd turn out like without the pan. I will say the batter is delicious as is, so you maybe don't even need to bake these. I've seen madeline pans at Goodwill often, so check there too!
Whole Wheat Orange and Chocolate Madelines
Based off of this allrecipes submission.
1/2 tsp vanilla (try homemade)
zest of 1 satsuma
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1 heaping tblsp vital wheat gluten
1 cup powdered sugar, preferrably organic
1/2 tsp baking powder
1) Melt the butter, and stick it in the fridge to cool down. And then go and heat your oven to 375 degrees.
2) Zest your satsuma in to your mixing bowl. I used my microplane that I love dearly, but any small grater will work!
7) Mix up your dry ingredients (flour, vital wheat gluten, and baking powder), and add to the egg and sugar mixture slowly, about 1/4 cup at a time. Mix until just incorporated.
To get the batter spread out, I use an ancient french technique called "Le Finger."
Now, you can enjoy as is. Or, you can take it one step further, and make a great cookie an awesome cookie.
13) Melt some dark chocolate chips, and a scoop of shortening.
I bet you wish you could see a lovely staged photo of these cookies in a pretty bowl, right? Well, sorry. I don't stage photos. I didn't have time, and my hands were full from double fisting these bad boys in to my grub hole.
I'm thinking next time, I'll sub out the vanilla extract for peppermint, and sprinkle crushed candy canes over the chocolate before it dries.
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