At Christmastime I went into a shop with friends and found a magazine called Flavours. It celebrates Western Canadian cuisine. I love to cook and am particularly found of baking. While browsing through the magazine I found a recipe for Gingerbread Madeleines. My friend Anna suggested that we try them. I discovered that she has the best equipped kitchen ever and madeleine pans were produced and we got to work. They smelled heavenly. We sat in the sun with a lovely cup of tea and warm gingerbread madeleines. Surely this is a bleak midwinter delight.
I decided to copy down the recipe and to my great surprise discovered that it was from a favourite patisserie in Edmonton called Duchess. No wonder they were so good. When I returned home I made them to take to a dinner party together with a lemon mousse for dessert. They were very well received, and disappeared.
Then the other day when I met a friend for lunch at the Duchess there were the Gingerbread Madeleines beautifully displayed on a pedestal plate. If you are ever in Edmonton I suggest that the Duchess is not to be missed. Perhaps one day they will produce a cookbook for those of you who are not lucky enough to live here. I love to go to the Duchess. Everything that I have tried is delicious and my only sorrow is that I would like to order one of everything but I could’t possibly eat everything at one sitting. As I have some very particular favourites I confess that there are some things I haven’t tried.
Now all I have to do is figure out how to reproduce Gingerbread Madeleines for one of my CDA’s