My Madeleine Cookies

I’m getting kind of tired of reading the same old same old on our wonderful “One Love” site…so much so that I don’t even read anything having to do with “Covid…Left…right….this …that….” Its going in circles. Its on TV all day if I wanted to learn about that from experts. Its all over my news feed when I sign into my phone. I think we could mash all these Covid/political post into one and no one may notice.

So lets talk about my Madeleine Cookies. I was going to post this in the Food Group…oh wait…talking about groups….why don’t we start a COVID Group…and a POLITICAL GROUP and I will see if it’s possible to move all these post to the designated groups?

Anyhow……my cookies actually came out GREAT. I made some Vanilla ones last week which weren’t as wonderful. Over cooked and the butter wasn’t as great. Butter makes such a difference. I will have to do another post about butter soon because I found what I think may be my new favorite.

Alright…… I must tell on myself.

I used a box mix. Shhhhh

Back when this whole lockdown started and no one could find flour or yeast I ordered pre-made bread mix from Williams Sonoma. I mean…I did have yeast and some flour….but I was worried about the empty shelves at the markets so I did look for more. Anyhow…. I saw the Madeleine mix online when I bought the bread mix so I got some too. Which put me in a dilemma….would a bread maker constitute a valid pandemic purchase? I mean…I already mentioned somewhere that I can’t make bread. But my sister bought a wonderful bread maker at my moms and it is AMAZING. But my household isn’t a bread household. THOUGH I absolutely LOVE fresh baked rolls…..no one eats them here and of course they aren’t that great for you. But if it came down to it and all we would have to eat was sandwiches……bread is what we would need. Just random thoughts guys. Plus toast is also something else I love….but again….not great for you.

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4 thoughts on “My Madeleine Cookies”

  1. Nothing wrong with using ready made mix packets when one doesn’t feel like preparing it at home – ingredients available or not.

    And speaking of making bread: I used to do all my own bread baking back in the day, both brown and white. I used strong flour from the supermarket and the yeast packets were abundant and easily got. I didn’t use bread makers – even when they first appeared, but settled on the old fashioned way with hands on kneading and proving. It was a lengthy process and took several hours from start to finish, and once the bread was in the oven and baking the smell was like no other. . .irresistible and mouth salivating to the point of wanting to eat the whole loaf at once.

    I bought an assortment of different sized bread tins – which I still have, but mainly used the 1lb and 2lb sizes. I actually got quite good at it but, after hours of preparation to produce one single loaf of bread, it was all gone an hour or two later by hungry mouths who found it as irresistaible as I did. The fact of the matter was that if we wanted fresh bread every day without fail then I would spend the rest of my life baking bread with little time for anything else. In the end I decided to carry on making it but not every day, it was nice, but too time consuming.

    Thank goodness that in these days we have bread shops where we can walk in and choose out favourite loaves to munch on, and for someone like me who once invested a lot of time in making bread, I know the time and effort that goes in to producing this basic, but staple food.

    1. Oh my gosh Jules…IT IS AN ALL DAY PROCESS. And I have tried so many times. One time I made Martha Stewarts Parker House Rolls and they actually came out perfect. All I remember about those rolls is that my mother almost ate all of them. Ha! My mother can not say no to fresh baked bread. She use to make bread when we were little……I remember bowls sitting with cloth over them and learning later it was the dough rising.
      When ever she comes to visit I buy all kinds of bread from bakeries. One loaf that has become her favorite is the Costco Walnut Cranberry loaf. I had just bought a few loafs before their plane arrived a few years ago. Everyone one is in the kitchen laughing and talking and I noticed her walking around as we were all talking and I realized she had already eaten a large portion of one loaf. She even moved my toaster to where she was sitting and was toasting it as she cut it and buttered it up and she made it look so good. It was as if she didnt see us…..or hear us…she was so focused on that bread.
      We have something tribal members learned to cook called fry bread. Our members started making it when the government started issuing commodities to them. Large bags of flour….oil. They would make a dough and fry it up. So it was something my mom carried on when she moved out here. My mom could make some good bread. Now fry bread could be made with yeast dough or just simple flour/salt/baking soda and water. No matter how she made it ….it was soft and crispy. I can’t even make that bread. My fry bread comes out hard as a rock. So I learned to cheat a little….I buy frozen yeast dough. I thaw it…..stretch it out and fry it. PERFECT every time I make it. Ha! My mom doesn’t like that I cheat but I don’t do it often.
      Anyways…..my sister makes bread in the bread maker and she pulls it out during the process and kneads in Cranberries and walnuts and my mother goes nuts over it. Now mind you….my mother is little lady but she can eat.
      I never thought of getting a bread maker because again….my boys are not bread eaters. And if I did get one I would only use it when my mother comes to visit. But like you said….we have bakeries everywhere full of fresh loaves. Plus my sons are complaining about all of my other appliances I hardly use. So I think I made my mind up….I will not get a bread maker. Even if I did…I would have to wait until August for it to be delivered because they are sold out everywhere. I did decide to get one a few weeks ago after spending 3 weeks trying to figure out the best model. And when I decided which one I wanted…..it wouldn’t get here until August. No matter what site I looked at….they were all sold out and on back order. People on lockdown bought all the bread makers. So I didnt order.
      Anyhow…..I think I will spend a day here and there working on my bread dough skills.
      I have so much respect for bakers. And I think they should charge so much more because of the labor that goes into making it.

      Jules….. you are a jack of all trades it seems.

      1. Yes, you’re right. I have dabbled in many things over the years and bread making is just the tip of the iceberg.

        I was also a prolific wine maker at one time.

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