20.5.08

twd: traditional madeleines ... that drove me mad!

okay, wanna know the real reason i didn't get posted for tuesdays with dorie early like i usually do?

because me and my maddie pan had a fight, and the darn pan won.

i was super excited when tara from smells like home chose madeleines for this week's tuesday with dorie. i love madeleines and made them not too long ago with julia's modified génoise batter. so i was keen to try out a different recipe and see which one i preferred.

dorie's pan from tonight

well, dear dorie you are still not my favorite. not only was i humpless but as you can also see i had a disaster with getting them out of the pan. this is actually what happened last night (monday) and i thought i'd give it another go tonight with even more butter in the pan (tuesday). but the result was the same. wahhhh :(

julia's pan from last month

and so neither dorie (great taste, but stuck in pan) or julia (so-so taste but no sticking problem) won me over. i will confess though, i used the paddle attachment instead of the whip. do you think that was the reason why it stuck? or maybe it's time to let a gentleman into the ring?

31 comments:

  1. Sad! Too bad Dorie's recipe didn't cooperate. I've heard good things about David Lebovitz's recipe though, so I'm expecting a review sometime on that one :)

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  2. This, my dear, is FABULOUS. I empathize with you, really I do, and don't mean to wish failures on anyone. However, at least I know I am not the only one who's madeleines came out like yours. And Julia's were so crisp and cooperative! Yes, let's try David's recipe next!

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  3. yes, true, misery loves company! i, too, was happy when i saw other people had sticky problems. and i thought for sure tonight's batch would come out better!

    but i am still looking for that perfect madeleine and so i am totally game for trying out david's recipe! so if anyone wants to join me, let me know!

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  4. I had the sticking problem with my very first madeleine recipe so this time I went all out with the butter and flour! At least they were good, right? :)

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  5. I've never been able to get the butter and flour thing to work with any type of cookie or cake. I wonder if nonstick spray might work better? That's probably sacrilege with Madelines though...

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  6. Oh no! I'm sorry this happened to you. There is nothing more frustrating! At least you know you were not alone. At least they tasted good, no?

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  7. Oh no! Next time try to knock them out of the pan as soon as you take them out of the oven. That helps. Here's a link to my favorite madeleine recipe if you want to give it a whirl:

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/MADELEINES-234680

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  8. I sprayed the hell out of my pan (with commercial spray provided by a restaurant friend) and I still had a bit of sticking with this recipe (and I used the whisk) so I'm not sure what to tell you. I'll be following along though, anxious to see how David measures up to the ladies in the madeleine department...

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  9. Third time's the charm. Bring on Dave!

    Rebecca
    http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

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  10. oh, how sad! glad you have another recipe you can use though!

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  11. Aw too bad your madeleines drove you a bit crazy. They look cute though! I find that if I leave them in the pan for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven, they come out a lot easier. When I try and remove them right away it's always a bit of a battle.

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  12. How frustrating. I hate that. I've only made madeleines 3 times and I used a recipe from Nigella Lawson. I would certainly try David Lebovitz's recipe though.

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  13. So sorry about your madelines. Looks like Dorie is not perfect:) I would love to see your try Lebovitz recipe and share with us one day.

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  14. What a shame! They look tasty though! Hx

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  15. I am with you, there are other recipes which agree with me and my pan ...

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

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  16. I also had major sticking problems with my madeleine pans. I was so frustrated I went out and bought non stick madeleine pans.

    Don't give up on the madeleines - give the other recipes a try!

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  17. Ooooh. Definitely try the David Lebovitz recipe next! I'd love to see the round-up! :)

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  18. Too bad they stuck! Crumbs are delicious too, though!

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  19. Bummer they stuck! I would be so sad too. Not sure if it had anything to do with the paddle vs whisk but I know reading other TWDers that they had to butter the heck out of their pan to get the suckers to come out! *shrugs.
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

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  20. I'm sorry they didn't work out! they LOOK pretty, if it counts for anything...

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  21. O you poor poor thing. I was too intimidated to join TWD even though I would have loved to. I saw some swell madeleines at Tartlettes; think they were David Lebovitz's recipe. Do go & peek in at Tartlettes. :0)

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  22. oh crud. i know you have to grease the s**t out a the pans, but sounds like you did. how disappointing...if you make DL's i am interested to see how they come out. i was ticked that dorie's had no bump.

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  23. so sorry it didn't work out for you. i can't really advise you on this recipe, as i did not make it (i opted for the cream cheese torte instead)

    at least you tried though! and at least they tasted good :)

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  24. mimi, don't let it drive you mad, just keep on trying different recipes, take notes and eventually I'm sure you'll get there!

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  25. sorry they stuck, but at least they tasted great;) Try using this next time I swear by it

    http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30CDB4-475A-BAC0-5AABC46A46166669&fid=3E333C81-475A-BAC0-56DC9F3BD3A3B7FB

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  26. oh no! sometimes pans do that to ya! Don't give up though because madeleines are well worth it. Just grease her up next time!

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  27. I guess they all can't be winners. Sorry about your problems :(

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  28. gosh.. wat a pity. i guess perhaps the paddle didn't manage to whip the eggs till they were stiff enough? better luck next time...

    think i would try the David Lebovitz's recipe next time around too!

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  29. I had 4 of 12 of my Madeleines refuse to come out of the pan - the others cooperated. I wonder if a silicone pan would work better; I'm thinking of the possibility. I agree that they tasted really good.

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  30. Oh no! I'm sorry that the recipe didn't turn out perfect for you. If you try out another madeleine recipe and find it to be to your liking, please, please share. I love madeleines!

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  31. Out of curiosity, did you fill your pan and then chill it for 3 hours? I have seen others comment on having sticking problems and they did chill the dough in the molds. I wonder if the flour dusting would be absorbed during this time making it less effective. I butter (cooking spray doesn’t seem to work for me) and flour my mold and fill it right before baking and don’t have problems with sticking. I have a non-stick pan, but without a good butter/flour coating it will stick with the best of them. Also, I bet the paddle attachment didn’t incorporate as much air as a whisk would have, but I wouldn’t expect that to effect sticking so much as texture and the rise.

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