Sunday, May 30, 2010
Cookie Recipe #148 - Orange-Walnut Madeleines
Every bite of one of these cake-like cookies is filled with orange and nutty goodness.
Ingredients: 2 eggs, divided, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled, 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon baking soda, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts, powdered sugar for sprinkling.
Grease and flour (or spray) 2 madeleine pans (or reuse one, allowing to cool between batches). Toast walnuts in small pan on top of stove with a little olive oil over medium heat. Stir occasionally until lightly browned (will burn quickly, so keep on eye on them). Allow to cool before using.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until combined. Add melted butter, orange peel, orange juice, and vanilla; mix well. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cardamom, baking soda, and salt. Sift one-fourth of this mixture over egg yolk mixture; gently fold in by hand with wooden spoon. Fold in remaining flour mixture, one-fourth at a time. Fold in walnuts. Gently stir in egg whites until thoroughly combined.
Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each mold about half full. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden and tops spring back when touched lightly. Cool in pans on wire racks for 1 minute. Using the point of a knife, loosen each cookie from mold; invert cookies onto wire racks. Remove pans and allow cookies to cool completely. Before serving, sprinkle powdered sugar over tops of cookies.
Makes 24 madeleines.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.