Madeleine (cake)

Madeleine (cake)

The madeleine (, /ˈmædleɪn/ or /ˌmædlˈeɪn/) or petite madeleine is a traditional small cake from Commercy and Liverdun, two communes of the Lorraine region in northeastern France.

Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. Aside from the traditional moulded pan, commonly found in stores specialising in kitchen equipment and even hardware stores, no special tools are required to make madeleines.

A génoise cake batter is used. The flavour is similar to, but somewhat lighter than, sponge cake. Traditional recipes include very finely ground nuts, usually almonds. A variation uses lemon zest, for a pronounced lemony taste.

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... Remembrance of Things Past), author Marcel Proust uses madeleinesto contrast involuntary memory with voluntary memory ... famous instance of involuntary memory by Proust is known as the "episode of the madeleine" yet there are at least half a dozen other examples in In Search of Lost ... The taste was that of the little piece of madeleinewhich on Sunday mornings at Combray (because on those mornings I did not go out before mass), when I went to say good morning to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie ...