There is a huge difference between work brain and blog brain.
Work brain says: What time is that meeting? How much time until lunch? Numbers, e-mails, ohmygoshmyphoneisringingagain?!
Blog brain: Ohh look at those pictures…I should make that again, but double. Then dip it in chocolate. Then cover it in sprinkles! Yes! Maybe I’ll eat a few (er, six) first just to make sure they are good. Yep, still good. I’ll just live off these forever, thanks.
The time transitioning between work brain and blog brain is usually done when I come home, have a snack, and plan out my plan of attack for the night. The problem is, these were my snack the other day, and I ate way too many to even count. I do love a sweet treat, but honestly, unless I absolutely LOVE it, I won’t go back multiple times to sneak another portion of a treat. Usually, this is due to the fact that, by the time I am completely done baking something, I’ve eaten the batter, the coating, and looked at the pictures for quite some time. By the time it’s over, I’ve usually had my fill of whatever I made. Except for these!
I know I have claimed my tendency to not make things that require single use pans or tools, but really, this is really worth it. I bought the pan on a whim to make a treat for a Downton Abbey themed blogger meet up, and haven’t looked back since. The ladies at the party couldn’t believe they were vegan, mission accomplished!
But, the journey to Madeleine Land has not been a smooth one. I tried 3 recipes to find the perfect amount of crunch, soft interior, and crumb, resulting in a slightly crisp outside, with a soft, citrus scented interior. Lovely!
One of the keys to making the perfect ridges is to grease and flour the pan properly. A medium amount of cooking spray distributed evenly, along with a dusting of flour, creates the perfect amount of lubricant for the cookies to slip out of the pan, without getting weighed down by the extra oil.. The end result should look like a slight dusting of snow has fallen, slipping right into the ridges of your French patisserie pan.
Take care to make sure the edges area very slightly browned, so the cookies pop right out of the molds if they need a little encouragement.
The chocolate coated is optional, but highly recommended! (“Oh I wish I hadn’t dipped this in chocolate” said no one ever) Saying yes to chocolate is something both the work brain and blog brain can always agree on.
Chocolate Dipped Orange Madeleines