Madeleines!

The other day I went to the Home Store to poke around and see if they had anything I wanted but didn’t need, and low and behold they did! I was rooting through the clearance baking pans, when this very classy woman with a French accent pointed out this interesting looking pan:

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She told me it was a “madeleine” pan, and that she bakes madeleines for her friends who simply adore them. I had to admit to her that I had never heard of a madeleine or it’s seashell style pan, but her commentary intrigued me so I forked over the five-spot and set to baking.

I easily found this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/madeleines-ii/  online and VIOLÁ,

Madeleines!!

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They are crunchy on the outside and soft and cake-like on the inside and simply divine.
How fortutious that a chance encounter, taught me a new skill with such a delicious result.
Merci Mademoiselle!

Takes the Cake!

Cake Wrecks

I spend a lot of time reading but I also spend way too much perusing the internet. During this time-wasting activity I’ve come across some pretty darn funny websites. One of the most delightful is cakewrecks.com. Basically it consists of pictures of totally ugly, messed up cake disasters crafted by supermarkets and discount chains.

Who ever thought cake could be so darn hysterical?