Classic French Madeleines

Madeleines

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 …”