Something about hearing the word madeleine conjures up images of teatime in France for me. Sitting in a little cafe with a steaming pot of tea, a plate of buttery madeleines and my favorite novel. I was a little nervous to start baking these since they seem tricksy but when I found a madeleine pan at Goodwill I knew it was time. I started my experimenting with David Lebovitz’s recipe which I found at Tasting Table. True to form I read everything I could find about the process for make a good madeleine and then made a few batches myself.
They were amazingly delicious and I was hooked. I wasn’t feeling the pumpkin craze this fall for some reason but gingerbread was calling my name. Now that I have made several batches and we’re in full winter hibernation mode I can say that Gingerbread Madeleines are one of my favorite little treats!
Today is my baby girl’s birthday! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 11 years since that adorable little baby changed our lives forever. She’s now a pretty pre-teen with a quick wit, a love of everything, and some impressive artistic talent. It seemed only fitting to salute that with a batch of Funfetti Celebration Cupcakes.
These fluffy vanilla cupcakes are super easy to whip up from scratch and filled with your favorite sprinkles. Top them off with multi-colored icing and finish with a dusting of clear sprinkles for the glitter effect. We even found some super cool candles at the local craft store that have colored flames!
When I was young I remember going to my Grandparents house next door for dinner. I know that my Grandma was a good cook but I don’t remember most of the things that she made. It’s the fun meals that stick in my mind. When we visited them in Florida we got to have “strawberry soup” for dinner sometimes. Grandpa loved that one – bread torn up and topped with fresh strawberries, sprinkled with sugar. We’d pour milk into the bowl and it was like a weird sort of cereal. I’m guessing it started among the generation that grew up during the Great Depression. However, my favorite meal was when Grandma would make Homemade Blueberry Peach Cobbler for dinner and we got to eat as much as we wanted.
Cobbler for dinner is not a huge stretch. I’m sure it’s no worse than french toast or pancakes as a meal, but as a kid it felt like an amazing winter treat. I’ve made cobbler with various fruit over the years, but blueberry peach is nostalgic as well as delicious. Juicy tart blueberries meld beautifully with the soft, sweet peaches. Stir it up into a syrupy cocktail and top it off with light sweet biscuits that are soft underneath with a little crunch on top! I’m thinking that this would be a fantastic Valentine’s Day Brunch…
We’re into the home stretch – Day 5 of Cookie Week! Are you tired of cookies yet?? I promise this one is worth it. Say it with me now, Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies. That’s right, we’re going straight into chocolate heaven this week. These cookies are more like a brownie in cookie form, or so my husband informs me. It took four batches to get these just right. Deep, dark, dense, rich chocolate with an espresso finish. Pure nirvana I assure you. Scooped with a medium cookie scoop they are just the right size!
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This cookie was also developed from the Bake From Scratch Cookie Chart. Melted butter keeps them dense and chewy. The espresso intensifies the chocolate flavor and shows itself as a finishing note rather than a main stage player. These Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies were surprisingly my son’s favorite cookie! He was pretty sad when I sent the rest of the final batch to work with Daddy and he had to settle for a different dessert.