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Madeleines

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Ingredients
  Unsalted butter 5 1⁄2 Tablespoon, softened
  Dry bread crumbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg 1 (At Room Temperature)
  Egg yolks 2 (At Room Temperature)
  Granulated sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sifted flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Lemon 1 Large, finely grated peel
Directions

1. Adjust rack to one-third from bottom of oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F. To prepare the pan, brush 1 1/2 tablespoons butter on the forms, brushing from the top to the bottom the long way and then reversing and brushing from the bottom to the top. Examine the forms carefully to make sure that you haven't missed any spots and also that the butter is not too thick anywhere. Now, over paper, sprinkle the forms with fine dry bread crumbs. Tilt and shake the pan to coat the forms thoroughly. Invert the pan and tap it firmly, leaving a very light coating of crumbs.
2. Cut up the 1/4 cup of butter and, in a small pan over low heat, melt it, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool but do not let it harden.
3. In a small bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla at high speed for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture barely flows when beaters are lifted. On lowest speed gradually add the flour, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary and beating only until the flour is incorporated—do not overbeat. Remove from mixer. (Use your fingertips to remove the batter from the beaters.)
4. Fold in the lemon peel and then, in four or five additions, the cooled butter, folding only until no butter shows. Bake immediately—do not let the batter stand.
5. Spoon the batter into the prepared forms. The batter will be mounded slightly above the tops of the forms. Do not smooth; the batter will level itself.
6. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and spring back firmly when lightly touched. If necessary, reverse the position of the pan for the last few minutes of baking to ensure even browning. The Madeleines must be removed from the pan immediately. Quickly cover the pan with a rack or a cookie sheet and invert. Remove the pan. Cool the Madeleines on a rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Egg
Interest: 
Kids, Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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