Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Number 57: Honey madeleines

My first madeleine was from Costco. Buttery, crumbly and crusty on the outside, it was perfect for my teenage sweet tooth.

And then I read Proust's Swann's Way my freshman year. Of course, that famous passage of Combray growing out of a tea cup - the taste of madeleines dipped in tea recalling an entire childhood. Ever since then, I've been inkling to make these old school cakes. 

This summer, I scrounged every Bed Bath & Beyond for madeleine pans and right before leaving for my internship, I made these cakes to remind me of home. This recipe makes lighter madeleines - they're not as sweet as Costco's, but they're still timeless with tea.

Honey madeleines
serve with tea and strawberries
adapted from Bon Appétit  

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Amazing pancakes from a awesome dad


Highlights, just to get you all pumped up:
1. A Ferris Wheel (3D!)
2. A plane (3D!)
3. A tertis game

Number 56: Lemon olive oil cupcakes

Usually, when I see olive oil, I think chopped garlic and slightly wilted spinach. So olive oil cake, while all the rage on tastespotting, was not exactly something my mother makes. But hey, olive oil is great in bread and on bread. And then you have the combination of time + home oven + a bottle of extra virgin olive oil + Internet + a killer photo + muffin tins. Forget spinach, let's make some cake.

Lemon olive oil cupcakes
 adapted from Blue Ridge Baker

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Number 55: Flourless Chocolate Cake with freshly whipped cream

I'm not typically a fan of chocolate cake, or cake in general.No offense, cake lovers. I'll have me some birthday cake when the time is right, or indulge in some pear chocolate cake when I can find it. But oftentimes the store-bought stuff is dense and dry, monotonous in flavor with the texture broken up only by the sickening sweetness of frosting.

But at the end of the school year some two weeks ago, we had eggs, chocolate, sugar, butter and whipping cream - all the ingredients for chocolate cake and a little sweetness. With finals, I figured who wouldn't want chocolate cake? 

Photo's not much, but the recipe is delicious. Almost brownie-like, crumbles and melts in your mouth. Perfect with lightly-sweetened whipped cream and some chocolate ganache.

Flourless chocolate cake
with fresh whipped cream