This recipe is quite versatile. The first time I made it I went with the original version and made it in full size muffin wells. The recipe is from Orangette. Molly mentioned when she made the muffins they ended up with these strange humps that reminded her of Madeleines. I noticed this as well. So, why not make them in Madeleine pans? Since I only own one 12 well Madeleine pan I make one batch and put the rest in mini muffin tins. If you put one tablespoon of batter in each well the recipe will yield 36 either way. The thing I love about making them this way is they are great little grab and go breakfast snacks. I take a few to work and have them with my morning coffee. The ginger might even give you more of a jolt than the caffeine!
Fresh Ginger Madeleines
Adapted (only slightly) from Orangette
One large piece of unpeeled ginger root, washed well (dirt removed)and dried
¾ cup plus 3 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking soda
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a Madeleine pan.
Cut the unpeeled ginger root into large chunks. If you have a food processor, process the ginger until it is in tiny pieces; or finely mince by hand. Put ¼ cup of the ginger and ¼ cup sugar in a small skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar has melted and the mixture is hot. Watch closely: this takes only a couple of minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Add to the ginger mixture.
Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat the butter for a second or two, then add the remaining ½ cup sugar, and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, and beat well. Add the buttermilk, and beat until blended. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, and beat just until smooth. Add the ginger-lemon mixture, mix well. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each well of the prepared pan. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan.
Yield: 36 Madeleines or mini muffins.