These almond biscuits are a real crowd pleaser and so easy to make! They originated in Italy, and are also known as “cantucci”. The shape and crunch is what make them unique. Captain likes to dip them, I don’t – what’s your preference?
Famous French novelist Marcel Proust immortalized the Madeleine in his 1923 book À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) . In it he wrote:
“She sent for one of those squat plump little cakes called “petites madeleines,” which look as though they had been molded in the fluted valve of a scallop shell … I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure invaded my senses …”
I had some pumpkin purée over from another meal creation, and this seemed the perfect way to ensure nothing goes to waste. Even though it’s the middle of summer and about as “in the tropics” as one can get, this delicious combination hinted at the autumn (fall) season to come. Enjoy!
Levain Bakery is a retail bakery that opened in 1995 and is located at 167 West 74th Street, on the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They ship across the USA and are known for a big rise, crispy exterior and scrumptious, gooey interior.