French Fridays with Dorie: Live Blog! Honey-Spiced Madeleines

Honey-Spiced Madeleines

Good morning – it’s time to make the Honey-Spiced Madeleines.

4:50am – Alarm. Alarm. Snooze.

4:58am – I drag myself out of bed, turn on the water heater. Eggs – out. Butter – out. Yawn.

5:05am – Maybe since I’m already up, I should pop in a yoga DVD and stretch for a bit until everything comes to room temperature. Or maybe I should just do a live blog about it. Live blog it is.

5:15am – I sneak back into my room to get out the copy of AMFT. After checking out Dorie’s recipe on her blog, my memory tells me the proportions are slightly different.

5:20am – Memory failed. Good thing I didn’t even consider doing these without checking first. How did I even imagine 2/3 cups of flour? Butter’s melted and set aside to cool. Cereal for me, otherwise I’m eating all of these up before leaving the house.

5:25am – Mini-bundt pan is greased and set to chill in the fridge. I really should have done these ones yesterday and chilled everything properly to get the big bumps. Oh well. Maybe next time. I hope this cheat works.

5:30am – Decided against sneaking into bedroom again to retrieve copy of FCI’s big cooking textbook to wax poetic about genoise/cake. I could get to that later today.

5:35am – Time to start the batter. Orange sugar and eggs are a-creaming.

5:38am – Flour is whisked with the spices. After adding the black ground pepper I wished I had used white. Instead of cloves, I added a couple of shakes of ground cardamom.

5:55am – All ingredients are folded in. I really took my time – I didn’t want to lose the height from the whipped eggs although things got scary when I added the butter. Just starting to preheat the oven now too.

6:05am – Dividing the batter evenly between my baking sprayed/chilled mini-bundt pans is taking way more time than what I thought it would.

6:10am – The sun is starting to make itself felt through the windows. I figure I can leave the bundtt-eleines in the fridge for at least twenty minutes before baking. If they don’t turn out well, consider this your PSA/cautionary tale. There’s nowhere near enough light right now anyways for pictures.

6:33am – Time to bake the madeleines! I set the timer for 11 minutes. and go off to start preparing for the pictures. My favorite place to shoot these days is a little parlor (oh my, that’s an old fashioned word!) that we only use when we have visit.

6:44am – The bundt-eleines do not look anywhere near done. I’m not taking my chances and setting up the timer again for two more minutes.

Honey-Spiced Madeleines

6:50am – The tops are finally looking golden. Phew. Out they come. It’s really easy to remove them from the well greased pan. There are even a couple of bumpy ones! They smell incredible too.

6:55am – Picture time! Now hooking up the camera to work with the photos. I liked what I saw in the previews so I hope it’s just resizing. I’m sneaking one just to let you know what to expect. I love the almost crunchy/toasted edges, the tender interiors. The orange and cinnamon are a throwback to Crepes Suzette, which I love. Good thing I had breakfast or they would be gone by now!

7:22am – And we’re done! Yay for French Fridays with Dorie once again. Phew. I really should get moving now. Have a great day, everyone!

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

31 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Live Blog! Honey-Spiced Madeleines”

  1. September 23, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    GORGEOUS!!! Love these in the mini Bundt pan…and your format for this post is wonderful!!! Great job all around 🙂

  2. September 23, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Oh I so loved this post. Lot of fun. Wow, you do get up early. Impressive start to the day and can just imagine the house smelling fabulous for the rest of the weekend. Beautiful molds these are – such cuties.

  3. Cakelaw
    September 23, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Your mini bundt versions are cute!

  4. September 23, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    My goodness, at 5am I am barely capable of standing on two feet, much less baking anything! Good job! Your little mini bundt cakes look adorable and very tasty at that.

    • September 23, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      That’s one of the curses/blessings of waking up early to squeeze a run or workout – my body is used to it. I actually opened my eyes first at 4:30ish but chose to stay in bed for a bit longer. The flip side is that I can barely stay up past 11pm now, at least on weekdays!

  5. September 23, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Bundteleines! What a great idea… reading your blog had me back in my mind making them again. Which, of course, I am going to do as I loved these.

  6. September 23, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Love the liveblogging! It’s like we were there with you (when all of us were really happily asleep in our cozy beds). Your bundt-madeleines look delicious. Mine were overbaked at 11 minutes and I had to cut the time down to 10, because of the different madeleine vs bundt thicknesses I guess.

  7. September 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    You are too funny 🙂
    I often find that the first and last hours of my day are the most productive (and can’t figure out why nothing seems to get done in the middle…)
    Love the mini-bundt version.

  8. SoupAddict
    September 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Wow! You really did more before 6am than I’ll do all day (last day of staycation … it’s raining … [yawn] … I feel a nap coming on. Well done with the bundties!

  9. September 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Very cute bundts. I can’t get myself up at 5 for any reason–baking, workout, screaming toddler. Okay, maybe for the screaming toddler. I’m not happy about it, though. lol

  10. September 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    What very cute little bundt-madeleines! They look gorgeous! Great post!

  11. September 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Love the play-by-play! Very football season appropriate, and your cakes look like a touchdown!

  12. teaandscones
    September 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Bundteleines!!! LOVE it. Wish I had been this creative. Now I know I will have to make them even without a maddy pan!!

  13. September 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Those are beautiful! I guess I should try them…

  14. September 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    loved your live blog! if I did that, there would be alot of picking things up off the floor that Mei has thrown on the ground and then lots of time in-between steps as we get her down for naps! LOL!! your final picture is so cute!

  15. September 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Your little bundtleines are so cute! I can’t believe you did all this before you went to work. I am lucky to get showered, dressed, and drink a cup of coffee before I head out for the day…I enjoyed reading the real time format.

  16. September 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Sweet little mini bundt cakelette pans, the madeleines look beautiful 😉
    I have to admit reading your schedule was making me tired and feeling like going back to bed!

  17. September 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I love the live blog! And the bundt-eleines look delcious. Did you have some for breakfast? Have a great weekend.

  18. September 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    These look great. Good to know you had to cook yours longer as well. Hearing your description of the taste makes me want to have just one more, but off to bed!

  19. September 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    You need to trademark that bundt-aleines term … genius!! One of the most original posts I’ve read all day. I guess you’ll probably read this tomorrow. If you’ve been up since 5am, I assume you’re asleep by now!!

  20. September 24, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Very cute post! The thought of me trying to bake anything before 9 am is scary! I love your mini bundt cakes – and I’ll be they are just delicious. I’m going to try them with Port, too – what a great suggestion since I don’t drink Scotch!

  21. September 24, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Cute little cake-cookies. Other shapes are a fun idea…I can just picture yours with a little berry on top and a dab of whipped cream…so yummy. Nice invention and enjoyed your post.

  22. September 24, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    Loved this post! You sound like me, up early to enjoy the quiet, maybe work out, but end up blogging. I like yours from a mini bunt pan, I didn’t even think about using mine. Your pictures are great!

  23. Teresa
    September 24, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    I can’t believe you managed to make these AND blog about it, all before you had to leave the house for the morning. Your results are beautiful – love the mini bundts.

  24. September 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    So fun to read your blow by blow recipe making! I can’t believe you got all that done in the morning. And good to know they don’t need to chill for 3 hours in the fridge and that 20 minutes will do! Your bundt-aleines are gorgeous!

  25. September 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I love the mini-bundt pan – it makes them look even more beautiful. It is also good to know that you had great results without the rest period, mine were postponed from afternoon tea to breakfast because of the resting period. Still loved how they tasted.

  26. September 25, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    I love that you baked these in your mini bundt pans. I thought about my madeleines today and I had a thought about an alternative way of baking these – and voila – here you are using your mini bundts. Good for you for thinking outside of the box! Love them.

  27. September 25, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Thanks for the comment on the madeleines, so glad to be back with ffwd!

    Very fun play by play post, adore those early morings when you can get so much done. I absolutely love your bundt-eleines, so creative! I think they look even better than the traditionals 🙂 Makes me want to get out my mini bundt and bake something!

  28. September 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Love the mold you use!! Great idea.

  29. October 3, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    The mini bundt madelines look so good. Great post and I want some.
    I have not forgotten your little gems have not gone to the store yet.

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