I think Madeleines (also known as French Butter Cakes) are one of the cutest treats around. Shaped like little seashells, they're moist and full of flavor and make you feel elegant even if you're dunking them into luke-warm coffee for breakfast. When I was little, the man who worked at the deli in the grocery store would slip me one whenever I'd come in and they've been a favorite of mine ever since. I followed this recipe (I found 11 minutes in the oven was sufficient) and have since decided that they make an excellent snack any time of the day.
A couple of weeks back I started to think about all of the food I couldn't wait to eat when in Italy - the list went something like this: pasta, gelato, pizza, gelato (repeat). We plan on doing a ton of walking to balance it all out, but one thing I had been nervous about was ...read more