Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rosemary and Parmesan Madeleines

Don't Panic....

I got the butter scraped up and
the oven is as good as new!

Another vacation day, can't get out, icy and freezing in north Texas.
Some baking is in order.

I saw this picture on Lorrie's blog a few weeks ago and thought

this sounds good, maybe I'll give it a try.
She didn't list a recipe so today
 I googled and found one at Williams - Sonoma along with the picture.
I don't have a madeleine pan but
I do have corn stick pans, just as good I'm thinking.

So....I'm going over the list of ingredients,

have everything except the cake flour.
What's the difference between cake flour and all purpose flour I ask myself?
Another trip to the computer.
Seems cake flour has less protein (8% or less)  and is made from the softer endosperm of the wheat.
 All purpose (10% protein) is a mix of hard and soft wheat. Bla, bla, bla.
Is there a substitute?
More googling!
Why yes, there is.
For 1 cup of cake flour you can substitute
7/8 cup all purpose flour with 1/8 cup cornstarch.
Ok then.
Here's the recipe.
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup cake flour
3 tsp. finely minced fresh rosemary
(I am not going outside to clip rosemary, dry, smooshed is good enough.)
1 tsp. fleur de sel (very expensive salt, normal sea salt will have to do!)
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (I used lemon pepper instead.)
4 eggs
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbs. sugar
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375°
Brush two madeleine corn stick pans with 2 Tbs. of the butter, set aside.
Sift the cake flour into a bowl and gently stir in the rosemary, salt and pepper, set aside.
In your mixing bowl wisk the eggs until fluffy. Add the cream of tartar and sugar. Wisk some more.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the flour and cheese, then fold in the remaining butter.
Spoon the batter into the buttered molds so the batter is even with the rims.
(Keep in mind, I'm using corn stick pans so there was no spooning, I had to scrape it off the spatula then spread it with a  table knife. Very thick batter!)
Bake for about 12 minutes. Immediately remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack.

Sounds easy enough, right?

I'm sitting on the kitchen stool waiting, I hear sizzling, I see a flash in the oven.
What the hell heck?
Open door of oven, butter is dripping everywhere, trying to ignite the element, crap darn.
Smoke alarm goes off!!!
Quickly get the cookie sheets out and put the stick pans on top of those.
Back into the oven they go. (gotta keep that smoke contained)
Smoke alarm stops.
After about 15 minutes total I guessed they were done,
it was hard to tell with all that butter floating on top!
There was no quickly transferring to a wire rack happening,
more like wait a few till all that butter stopped bubbling.
Meanwhile I'm waiting for the oven to cool so I could scrape up the butter.

They taste ok, a little heavy, and suprisingly, buttery.
Probably would have been better if I'd used cake flour.
After more googling I found that cake flour is better able to absorb fats,
maybe I should have paid attention to the bla,bla,bla?

Steve faired better with his Confetti Corn Bread.
I will try this recipe again, only next time, WITH cake flour.
Hope your day is going better than mine.

Till next time,


kim andersen said...

Hi there...everything looks wonderful. Ya know...I cook so much that sometimes I think I know better than the recipe scientists. Hah...I am usually wrong, and like you, end up with butter or some stickiness on the bottom of my oven.

I always vow to follow the recipes to the letter when that happens, but alas...I think I will never get past the idea that I have some great ideas.

I am anxious to try Steve's funfetti's gorgeous!

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Well Kim, I think I'm a freakin genius when it comes to cooking. Today I found out-I'm not!
I'll try again with the proper flour and some fresher cream of tartar.
And as to a recipe, I view it as a place to start!!!
Keep warm.
P.S. Steve says thanks, a normal cornbread recipe with about 2 cup of veggie matter.
Need to eat with butter and a fork!

Tricha said...

You cooks are such an inspiration! I burned the garlic bread tonight and I was very sad because it was the last few pieces of bread and I didnt have any more :( I have chicken out for tomorrow. I am thinking of doing an oven fry with crushed potato chips. Could be good. Not sure what I will have with it. Maybe some stuffing and a salad.

You all stay warm and dry.
Love You

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Yummo, please post on recipe/outcome. Stuffing & salad sounds good.
Love ya

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Haha! Been there, done that -- only I think it was ribs or something. Total mess.

At least yours were edible. Photo looks great!

Lavender Chick said...

I love to cook - but baking, well that's another story. I've just never been much of a baker. I also had no idea there was even such a thing as cake flour... I'm sure I would have been in your same shoes had I tried the recipe. Cake flour? Seriously?