Spending time with friends, sipping coffee or tea, is a great way to relax. And such an occasion deserves a little something special.
Try madeleines--small, feather-light, spongy cakes that are eaten like cookies. They’re easy to make and have an allure all their own. They’re great with a hot beverage.
Madeleines are baked in special pans with 12 scallop-shell indentations; the finished cakes take the form of the shell.
Marcel Proust immortalized the madeleine in his landmark novel “Remembrance of Things Past” when he wrote, “I raised to my lips a spoonful of the cake ... a shudder ran through my whole body and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place.”