Madelines Conquered: The Hermès Madeline

Hello & Happy Monday!
Can anyone else believe that we're halfway through with February & almost two months into 2014?
OK.. so maybe it's not that big of a deal but to me it still feels as if time is flying by. I have spent it working, reading, cooking, and working a little more.. well, haven't we all?
Anywho, I thought I would get started with my first recipe post of the year (and you know.. ever) so let's get started.
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I'm a big fan of these French delights and have been meaning to bake them for a while. I even went ahead and purchased a Madeline mold pan that I came across with full intention of using it right away. And while it took me about a year to use, I finally decided to put my specialized pan to good use when I came across this recipe in Cherry Bombe Magazine's Issue No. 2. 
I really think it's a great and simple recipe that both beginners and culinary professionals can cook alike. The only crux here would be that you kind of need this specialized mold pan to transport this simple cookie recipe into a Madeline. 

The Hermès Madeline
Adapted from Cherry Bombe Magazine Issue No. 2 (links below)
Yield: 24 large Madelines

2 large eggs
150 grams (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
zest of 1 medium lemon (scrubbed/cleaned well)
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour

Beat the eggs and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and worked into the eggs.
Then, add in the ingredients in order as listed above, mixing the ingredients completely into the batter before adding in the next one.
Once all of the ingredients are completely incorporated into the batter, it is recommended to let the batter sit, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
Now, I don't know about you, but I am too impatient to wait so long for these lovely Madelines so I waited a maximum of two and a half hours and they were (I'm assuming) just as delicious!
By the time you've waited all you can, preheat your oven to 390 F for 20 minutes to make sure it has reached our desired temperature.
Fill your molds 2/3 of the way full and bake them for 15 minutes and voila! Yum.

These were my first batch attempts before placing them to bake in the oven
Now, I found that at 12 minutes my Madelines were a bit toasty so I decided to take them out ahead of time. 
For my second batch, I lowered the temperature to 375 F (assuming that my over was a bit powerful) and baked it for 10 minutes. And I will say that this gave me a more desired light golden brown finish on my Madelines than my first batch.

Really, all of this depends on your oven strength. I would recommend preheating your oven for 390 F and just checking it after 8 minutes (since that is roughly the halfway point) and then adjusting the time right after (maybe checking it every 2-3 minutes after the 8 minute mark).

Where can you purchase this magazine? 

Cherry Bombe online:

Hope you enjoyed my first recipe adaptation and be sure to let me know if you attempt it by tagging me and/or Cherry Bombe online! Here is where you can find me:

Also, to make sure I leave you with a bang, here is the trailer preview of the commercial promoting Las Divas del Azucar where yours truly will be making some appearances.
Trailer - I tried to place the video in the blog post but that's not going to happen today, apparently, so here's the link! :)
You can also follow the divas online here:
And please be sure to tune in March 11 at 9 PM eastern on MTV tr3s!.

Good night & good luck!


January Favorites - Lifestyle Blog Post

Hello & Happy second day of February!
For all who celebrate the Lunar New Year... Happy New Year!
For any Wiccans out there... Merry Imbolc!
And finally, if you think Superbowl Sunday merits a shout out then... Happy Superbowl Sunday!

Since I have been out of the loop for a bit, I decided to write up a favorites post for January. Now, maybe it's a bit of a cop-out but this blog is supposed to be about the things I love! So, I'm thinking these monthly-ish favorites will be a good thing. :)

First thing's first...
I have a new favorite restaurant in Orlando! Believe it or not, it's located inside the Disney Animal Kingdom resort and it's called Sanaa: Sanaa Restaurant Link
Sanaa is a African/ Indian themed restaurant. They have excellent curry dishes and even vegetarian specialties. Please do yourself a favor and order the "Traditional Bread Service" which includes your choice of 3 Naan breads and a selection of dipping sauces to choose from.
Aside from our Naan appetizer, we also ordered the appetizer sampler for 2 which included Potato and Pea Samosas, Lamb Kefta Sliders, and a choice of Chana Tikki or Seasonal Soup (we chose the Chana Tikki although the seasonal soup was butternut squash soup and I was almost too tempted but my will prevailed in the end).
For the entree, my boyfriend and I decided to share the "choice of 2" to include Butter Chicken and a braised short rib... me oh my was that yummy. I seriously cannot wait to go back!
Below is the picture I took of our uber delicious appetizer... Well, one of them.
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My next favorite "things" of January were these great reading materials..
Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan | Birthright #1
For a somewhat detailed review on this wonderful novel, click here.
Foodie at heart? This is the magazine for you! Check out the website here.

If you are every curious as to what I am currently reading, you can always check out my goodreads profile here:

Numero tr3s!
Now.. this one is special. I promise there's a reason why the number "three" in Spanish was spelled with a number 3 in the middle. :)
The custom cake bakery I used to work at is debuting a new reality series entitled, "Las Divas de la Azucar" and it will be airing on MTV tr3s starting this March! The reason it is on my favorite for January (and say... not March) is because I was sent the video to this just a week or two ago.
For a little preview of what you can expect this upcoming season, click the link below and be sure to watch that video! Click here for an article in pure Spanish and a great video introducing the show

Opened Kit Kat "gift" courtesy of Laura 
When I opened this little gift flown all the way from Japan from my second Mom, Iliana, and her daughter (my second sister). Laura, on their way back from their oriental vacation, I was mentally prepared for the worst.
While I drink green tea on a semi-daily basis, well... I drink it hahaha I'm not eating it! Can I just explain to you how delicious this is? Just a slight bitterness from the green tea and a ridiculously creamy chocolate coating which I am sure is white chocolate... Where can I get these in the states?! This is definitely #4 on my favorites list.

The next itemsss combined are numero cinco on my January Favorites:
It smells delicious! I don't even like food smells for beauty products.

LUSH! If you follow me on IG, you will know I am LUSH crazy and this celestial face moisturizer and the Eau Roma toner have done wonders for my sensitive skin.
Almost done, number six is a quote I stumbled upon on pixiwoos' instagram. How true is this? 
A link to their IG can be found here!
Finally, I'll end this post with a song for my seventh and final favorite for the month of January.

Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera

What were some of your favorites this month?

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