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The genuine madeleine de Commercy
The genuine madeleine de Commercy

A madeleine or petite madeleine or marret (in few countries)is a traditional sweet from Commercy, a town of the Meuse département in northeastern France. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 118 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Madeleine ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 118 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Madeleine ... Commercy is a commune of the Meuse département, in northeastern France. ... The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... Meuse is a département in northeast France, named after the Meuse River. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France and many former French colonies, roughly analogous to English counties. ...


Madeleines are identified by the distinctive shell-like shape they acquire from being baked in special pans with shell-shaped depressions. Madeleines are cake-like and fairly small. Their flavor is similar to, but somewhat lighter than, pound cake, with a pronounced butter-and-lemon taste. The madeleine can be made in different flavors including vanilla, lemon, orange, and chocolate. Genera See text. ... A slice of pound cake Pound cake denotes two related types of dessert cakes: Southern style A traditional American pound cake would specify one pound each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. ... Vanilla is a flavoring derived from orchids in the genus Vanilla. ... Binomial name Citrus × limon (L.) Burm. ... Binomial name Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck Orange—specifically, sweet orange—refers to the citrus tree Citrus sinensis (syn. ... Chocolate most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties, with cocoa solids contributing to the brown coloration. ...

Madeleine pan.
Madeleine pan.

Aside from the traditional molded pan, commonly found in stores specializing in kitchen equipment and even hardware stores, few tools are required to make madeleines. The recipe includes common cake ingredients such as flour, eggs, butter, and sugar. Image File history File linksMetadata Madeleinetraysmall. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Madeleinetraysmall. ...

The Proust connection

Madeleines are perhaps most famous outside France for their association with involuntary memory in the Marcel Proust novel À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past in the first translation, more recently translated as In Search of Lost Time), in which the narrator experiences an awakening upon tasting a madeleine with tea: Involuntary memory (fr. ... “Proust” redirects here. ... In Search of Lost Time (fr. ... The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ... Tea leaves in a Chinese gaiwan. ...

"She sent out for one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines, which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted scallop of a pilgrim's shell. And soon, mechanically, weary after a dull day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate than a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place…at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disasters innocuous, its brevity illusory…"   — Remembrance of Things Past, V. 1, Swann's Way. English translation, C. K. Scott-Moncrieff. London: Chatto & Windus, 1922. Excerpt retrieved online from the Project Gutenberg e-Book of Volume 1. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Charles Kenneth (C.K.) Scott-Moncrieff (September 25, 1889 - 1930) was a Scottish writer, most famous for his English translation of most of Prousts À la recherche du temps perdu, which he published under the Shakespearean title Remembrance of Things Past. ... Chatto and Windus has been, since 1987, an imprint of Random House, the publishers. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Project Gutenberg logo Project Gutenberg (often abbreviated as PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works via book scanning. ... A user viewing an electronic page on an eBook reading device An e-book (also: eBook, ebook), sometimes called an electronic book, is an electronic (or digital) equivalent of a conventional printed book. ...

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A madeleine or petite madeleine is a traditional sweet from Commercy, a town of the Meuse département in northeastern France.
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