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 …”