Madeleines are typically described as a teacake cookie. A better description of a madeleine is a cross between a cookie and a cake or cupcake, because the texture is firm, yet tender, with a cake like crumb. In order to visualize and imagine the taste and texture of a madeleine, take a look at what elements make up a cookie and cake, and how features of both are found happily merged in a madeleine.
A cookie is a baked sweet treat, which is typically flat and round in shape. Cookies come in all shapes and sizes, and can either be crisp, chewy, or soft in texture. Cookies usually contain flour, sugar, eggs, and some type of fat such as oil, margarine, butter, or shortening as their base. Cookies can be mass-produced in factories, artisanally produced in bakeries, or homemade. The texture of a cookie depends on its ingredients, how it was made, and how long it is baked. Most commonly, cookies are baked until crisp. There are several classifications for cookies such as drop cookies, filled cookies, pressed cookies, sandwich cookies, and bar cookies.
A cake is a baked sweet dessert, and can be either simple or elaborate. Cakes usually contain flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, a liquid, and a leavening agent, such as baking powder or baking soda. Cakes can come filled with cream, fresh fruit, and jellies, as well as buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or whipped cream icings. Cakes can come frosted or unfrosted depending on the variety. Elaborate cakes are served as a celebratory dish, and are often shared on special ceremonial occasions such as birthdays, weddings, promotions, or anniversaries. While other types of cakes are eaten on a daily basis. There are a wide variety of cake categories, which are primarily based on ingredients, mixing techniques, baking techniques, and the finished product. Some varieties include butter cakes, chiffon cakes, sponge cakes, coffee cakes, butter or oil layer cakes, and yeast cakes.
A madeleine is a baked sweet treat that is baked in a shell-shaped mold. Madeleines typically contain flour, sugar, eggs, butter, and a leavening agent, along with some sort of flavoring. Madeleines often times come in vanilla, citrus, and chocolate varieties, with vanilla being the most common flavor. Madeleines are small little teacake cookies that can be enjoyed with coffee or tea, and even milk for the little ones. Madeleines are small enough that they can be enjoyed at snack time or as a sweet treat for any occasion. Madeleines are firm, yet spongy in texture, very similar to a pound cake.
The beauty of madeleines is that they allow people to “have their cake, and eat it too,” because madeleines are essentially petite cakes that allow people to indulge a bit without breaking their diet. Grate Madeleine’s gourmet madeleines are just that, a sweet treat that can bring joy to any moment and allow people to celebrate every day with a tiny cake-like treat. If you are interested in trying Grate Madeleine’s gourmet madeleines, visit our website at www.gratemadeleine.com, and place your order today.