Friday, December 12, 2014

R's Gluten-Free Almond Joy Madeleines


Today is R's class holiday celebration. They'll be making evergreen wreaths, creating holiday cards, and sharing some of their favorite cookies. R started off wanting to make my Mint Chocolate Madeleines. He donned his Santa hat and went to work. 


But we were out of peppermint extract. So he decided to make Almond Joy Madeleines, using almond extract and shredded coconut. And he wanted to make them gluten-free since one of his best friends can't eat gluten. I still haven't mastered the art of converting gluten recipes to gluten-free; it's not a one to one - or cup for cup - no matter what they say. So, our texture is a little off, but he's happy that his friend can eat it.


Ingredients makes 4 dozen madeleines
  • 1-1/2 C organic butter plus some for greasing pan
  • 2 C organic granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 T dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chips or chunks
  • 1 t organic chocolate extract
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 t organic almond extract
  • 2-1/4 C flour (I used a gluten-free flour mix from King Arthur)
  • 1/2 C ground almonds
  • 1/2 C shredded coconut

Procedure
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease, or butter, your madeleine pan and set aside.

Place your butter, chocolate chips, and sugar in a saucepan and heat, over medium heat, until the butter is melted and the sugar is blended into the butter.

Let the butter-sugar mixture cool for a few minutes, then spoon it into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the eggs and extracts.


Beat for a full three minutes to incorporate lots of air bubbles into your batter. Fold in the flour, ground almonds, and shredded coconut with a spatula, taking care not to deflate the batter too much. Using a truffle scoop, or teaspoon, fill the shell molds with batter until almost full.

Bake till the madeleines puff up and the centers are firm to the touch, approximately 15 to 17 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 5 to 7 minutes. Unmold. You may be able to tap them out; I used a small spatula to ease them out of the molds onto the cooling racks.

If you are interested in purchasing a madeleine pan for yourself, I have included an affiliate link on amazon for your convenience (below). If you are uncomfortable using the affiliate link, feel free to visit amazon on your own and search for "madeleine pan."

  

The Precise Kitchen Elf did a great job and is so proud that he made his own holiday treats for his class party. I'm pretty excited, too.

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