Friday, June 25, 2010

Madeleines and a Giveaway!

Another wonderful giveaway! Yay!!
CSN stores would be giving away a gift card worth $60 USD (for a US/Canadian winner), €60 (for a German winner), or £60 for a UK winner! CSN has over 200 stores in their on-line network of stores and they offer a staggering array of products ...from lighting to cookware, counter stoolsto home decor, grills to swing sets, they have it all!

So how can you win the gift card?
  • Visit CSN stores, and comment here what would you like to win? You don't have to necessarily buy the item in case you are the winner..just ..you know ..no harm dreaming ..
  • Follow Snacksgiving publicly - Just click on the "Follow" button on the right pane of this blog and leave a comment to this post

To have extra entries
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Just copy and paste this on twitter.RT @Snacksgiving : Win a gift card from CSN stores http://bit.ly/dqLWn8 #giveaway #contest

As you can see from the gift card amounts, this giveaway is open to our readers in US, Canada, Germany and UK. Although the number of stores available to the German and UK readers is slightly limited in numbers, but certainly not in choice.

Now to the recipe. Are you with me? :-)

madeleines

So what are madeleines? Well, these are buttery, delicate and fluffy cakes with a characteristic fluted shell shape and a nice round belly. Did I say it is a cake? Well, make that cookie if you are in America, although the French prefer to refer to them as cakes.
There are loads of variations to the recipe - I have a very basic recipe today where I tried to go traditional with the the use of browned butter, the madeleine mould, no baking powder and refrigerating the batter in order to get that bump. I used my newly bought mini-madeleine silicone moulds, so they were so very tiny! They looked so cute, like a pretty and dainty little babies! These madeleines being very tiny, I guess the bump is not too visible here. I used the recipe from 101 cookbooks.


Madeleines


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 sticks or 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • zest of one large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 F/177 C.
  • Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat until it's brown and gives off a deliciously nutty aroma, roughly 20 minutes. Strain (using a paper towel over a mesh strainer) - you want to leave the solids behind. Cool the butter to room temperature. By doing the butter first you can complete the rest of the steps while it is cooling.
  • Put the eggs with the salt in the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until thick - you are looking for the eggs to roughly double or triple in volume - approximately 3 minutes. Continuing to mix on high speed, slowly add the sugar in a steady stream. Whip for 2 minutes or until mixture is thick and ribbony. Now with a spatula fold in the lemon zest and vanilla (just until mixed).
  • Sprinkle the flour on top of the egg batter, and gently fold in. Now fold in the butter mixture. Only stirring enough to bring everything together.
  • Spoon the batter into the molds, filling each mold 2/3 -3/4 full. Place the mould/tray in the freezer for 15 minutes or in refrigerator for about an hour.
  • Bake the madeleines for 7-10 minutes for the mini versions or 12 - 14 minutes for the regular sized madeleines, or until the edges of the madeleines are golden brown. Remove from oven and unmold immediately. Cool on racks and dust with powdered sugar.


madeleines

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This giveaway is open to addresses in US, Canada, Germany and UK. If your profile doesn't link to your contact info, be sure to leave your email address so we can get in touch with you if you're the winner.
The winner will be randomly selected on Saturday, July 17 at 10am c.e.t. to receive the gift card. The currency will depend on your location. This post is sponsored by CSN Stores. I was not compensated in any way.
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89 comments:

  1. Madelines looks so yummy, great pictures. Wonderful giveaway, so happy that even germans and Uk Residents are also included.
    I had send you a entry for your event DMBLGT, not sure if you received that?
    Definitely will visit CSN stores and try for my luck.

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  2. Hi, Checked out different products from CSN stores, particularly all bakeware, the one which attracted me is Nordicware Kugelhopf bundt pan, thinking of get this mould for a long time.

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  3. Already following you on Google Connect Publicly

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  4. Would love to buy a pasta maker if I win-
    http://www.csnstores.com/Imperia-Home-Pasta-Machine-CAP1025.html

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  5. Dear,
    When I hit the "Like" button in facebook it is taking me to your profile page. Don't know where the fan page is.
    But you and I are friends in facebook.
    ->Put a link about this giveaway at the top of my page below the header.

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  6. Tweeted about this Giveaway as CoolLassie4u. Copy pasted what was mentioned above.

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  7. Great Madeleines BTW.CSNStores has a madeleine pan too. I am eyeing that one as well.

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  8. I would love to buy the plastic playhouse they have.My little boy really wants one. I hope to win it here!! Thanks!

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  9. Oh, I follow you! Have a good day!

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  10. I would love to buy the Corningware bake and serve sets
    http://www.csnstores.com/Corningware-1058830-CGW1230.html

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  11. Already following you on google publicly

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  12. Tweeted about the giveaway as Myhomekitchen

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  13. okay i am in the middle of redoing our bedroom (we are on blow up mattress lol!) no furniture..so i can find many uses on their website : ) I like the Max Peacock Comforter Collection...CUTE! ( ps I already like you on facebook!)

    so hungry those look so good...HAPPY FRIDAY

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  14. Hi, hope its OK to contact you here. would love to include your blog on our giveaway blog network: Giveaway Scout (http://www.giveawayscout.com). Have a look and if interested drop us a line on our contact form (http://www.giveawayscout.com/contact/). thanks, Josh

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  15. Hey..beautiful Madeleines...I would love to get the Gordon Ramsay bakeware from the CSN stores...I'm following you already!!

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  16. And I already Like Snackgiving on facebook..yay!! I get two entries :)

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  17. Very Very Very beautifully presented.

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  18. I'd apply it towards the radian 65 car seat I need to buy anyways!
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

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  19. I can never resist new bakeware, and I saw they have a really great selection of baking molds. So, this would be something what I would choose.

    Your madeleines look great by the way.

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  20. WOuld love to get this - Swissmar Mont Blanc 15 Piece Meat Fondue Set in Red. Nice giveaway.

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  21. I follow with GFC and would get the Rachel Ray Soup It Up set

    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I must say those madelines look so light, off to see if I have the ingredients to make them.
    I have spent a while looking at the CSN site it very addictive and bookmarked so I can drool a bit more.
    I really have wanted a pressure cooker for ever, so useful I saw the Prestige Smartplus 6L Hard Anodized Duo Pressure Cooker and I would definitely buy it without a doubt if I won.

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  23. Just sent a friend request to like you on F/B thanks

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  24. I'd like this waffle maker: http://www.csnstores.com/087877831005-087877831005-8300100-cce1063.html
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  25. I'm a GFC follower.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  26. I love those little guys, how cute are they, also I love the things on CSN especially this http://www.csnstores.co.uk/Emile-Henry-XX-6163-EHR1051.html loaf pan, I am in sad need of one for breads

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  27. Those look delicious

    Just moved into my first apartment and don't have any baking pans so probably
    http://www.csnstores.com/Pillivuyt-220420BL-PIV1344.html


    wind_rider042@yahoo.com

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  28. Those Madelines are so cute! If I won, I would need to buy a stand mixer! It makes things so much easier :)

    jen.kemp@yahoo.com

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  29. Following you now!

    And without a doubt.... one of these pasta machines http://www.csnstores.com/Pasta-Makers-C125800.html

    My arm is killing me from trying to roll the dough myself today!

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  30. I'm lusting after an ice cream maker!

    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  31. I'd want a programmable slow cooker! Especially since it's summer where I am and the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen.

    Teri
    counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

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  32. Thanks for the link to the store; I like it a lot. I'd want this cake plate, among other things: http://www.csnstores.com/KAHLA-327812-90032-KLA1940.html

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  33. (Glad I found your blog. I "liked" you on Facebook, and am following you publicly. Thanks for doing the giveaway!)

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  34. I tweeted here
    http://twitter.com/Jo_Bryan/status/17229359576

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  35. WOW! what a classic picture!!! I would love to buy an ice cream maker..its like a dream for me now :D

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  36. I'd love a Le Creuset pasta pot! Oh, I love Madelines by the way. I have three of the traditional pans, and use a recipe that is based on weight. It's old and fabulous!

    Following on Google Friend!

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  37. As a budding cook and soon-to-be new homeowner, I would purchase as many cooking utensils as I could that would aid me in trying new recipes. I've got over 200 recipes bookmarked to try but sometimes lack the tools necessary.

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  38. I love madeleines - am completely addicted to them. Yours are so pretty and delicate!

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  39. I would love to win, and purchase a much needed new electric kettle, especially this awesome red one. SPT Stainless Cordless Electric Kettle with Red Coating.

    and maybe this Le Creuset Mortar and Pestle Set in Cherry

    I love red. :)

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  40. and now I am following you, and looking forward to trying some of your recipes. :)

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  41. I would have to arrive here hungry again, those madelines look yummy. I love the huge range on CSN Stores site, i particularly love the Love Connection II framed canvas.
    cjb427@aol.com

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  42. I am following now uing my Twitter account cjb427@aol.com

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  43. https://twitter.com/MrChris_B/status/17411513294
    cjb427@aol.com

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  44. adorably cute madelines :)) love the flowers next to them :)

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  45. Tweeted the giveaway. Btw, I didn't mention what I wanted :) I want a pasta machine :)))

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  46. I am following you I would like to win Frieling Mini Tart Pan (Set of 6) SKU #: FLG1659.
    Those madelines look delicious

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  47. Following you thro Google connect

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  48. http://www.csnstores.com/Rachael-Ray-54070-54072-54073-54074-RRY1157.html

    New to baking would love to have this!!

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  49. What beautiful Madeleines you have here. Perfect with my cup of coffee!

    Going to like you on FB!

    wchapin75(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I am now following you!

    I would love to get a new rice cooker!

    lychapin(at)comcast(dot)net

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  51. I just RT the giveaway @lyndzz on twitter

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  52. MelanaM on TwitterJuly 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I love madeleines! Looking at the selection at CSN- I will not so secretly wish for the Nordicware seashells baking pan- it's so cute!

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  53. Just had my first madelaine yesterday and it sure won't be ny last!

    I would buy the 14 inch non-stick All-Clad frying pan.

    Thanks

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  54. I would buy a new mixer since I just broke mine.

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  55. I just discovered your blog through the DMBLGIT contest and just looove it! Gorgeous photos and these madelines look incredibly good!

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  56. I would love to get an ice cream maker
    I'm a new follower
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  57. tweet
    http://twitter.com/Copperllama/status/17892269799
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  58. liked on facebook
    Jaime P
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

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  59. I really want something from the onyx Le Crueset line!

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  60. I want to get the OIA Metro Three Tier Laundry Cart in Chrome
    HobartsMama {AT} AOL.COM

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  61. I follow you on Google Friends Connect (Jennai)
    HobartsMama {at} aol.com

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  62. I requested to like you on Facebook as Jennifer Keefer
    HobartsMama {at} aol.com

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  63. I would like to have the Redmon Elegante Wicker Vanity Hamper
    Pudyqat2 {at} aol.com

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  64. I follow your blog on GFC - Drew
    Pudyqat2 {at} aol.com

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  65. Tweet: http://twitter.com/CoolLassie4u/status/17973836990

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  66. I'd get something for my kitchen or our front room. I'd love to get more and more baking pans for my kitchen but I'm running out of room there. Sigh. I don't think I could get a bigger kitchen for $60!

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  67. Good luck to all on the giveaway - guess I'd get a knife! - but what I really want to say is how much I adore Madelines and these look sooo good, I can almost taste the buttery goodness.

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  68. I would like to get the cool whipper from their cookware site... I am already following u... Awesome Madeleines... looks just perfect!

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  69. Nice to be here. Very nice presentation and great clicks. Following you to keep in touch.
    Best wishes.

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  70. Hey,
    lovely space you have...Glad I hopped here...! very interesting posts. Am your new follower now...:)
    I would love to have that ice cream maker...
    Do drop in at my space sometime..

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  71. I love Madelines.. If I win CSN gift card then I shall buy a le crueset dutch oven or All clad french skillet or a complete baking set. I know I have gazillion things in my mind :) I have tweeted the giveaway and I have liked you in FB.
    Even I am hosting a CSN giveaway, you might like to check that. Thanks.

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  73. following you and am still drooling at the Madelines pic.

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  74. I love those madelines.. I'm following you & if I win CSN gift card then i'll go for notNeutral In the Mix Dinnerware Collection as my Kitchen really needs them.. nice giveaway!!

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  75. I'd love some mini tart pans!

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  76. New follower, very lovely blog you have here! :)

    If I won I'd use the certificate toward a Shun 6" utility knife. I don't have any truly nice kitchen knives and a Shun would be really lovely!

    (email visible in profile)

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  77. liked you on facebook (anna lene)

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  78. What a lovely blog!

    Stop by my page for some great Food Science tips if you get a chance:
    www.form5artisan.blogspot.com

    Cheers!
    Christina.

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  79. The Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2 Qt. Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker

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