Tuesday, December 05, 2006

the gift of the madeleines

You know that O. Henry story "The Gift of the Magi" where the young couple has nothing but he has a gold pocket watch and she has beautifully long hair and he sells his watch to buy her a hair comb and she sells her hair to buy him a watch chain? Well, this story is sort of like that, but it's a story of abundance more than sacrifice.

I've told you before how much Will and I love Les Madeleines, the perfect bakery in the bad neighborhood, the source of the decadent chocolate birthday cake. One day, while savoring our tasty breakfast pastries, Will commented on how much he liked madeleines. I agreed and mentioned that I should buy a pan. His birthday came along, so I decided to bake him madeleines.

I trekked to the kitchen store, found a pan, brought it home and set it on the kitchen table where it was quickly covered up by my usual clutter.

Will came home, we chatted about our day, and he stared at my pile of clutter. I couldn't figure out what he was interested in (it's not like he'd never seen my clutter before!); then he pulled the pan out from the pile with a crestfallen look on his face.

"This is what I got you for your birthday; it's coming in the mail."

"But I was going to make you madeleines for your birthday."

Well, I didn't bake any madeleines for Will's birthday. I waited for the new (and clearly better) pan to arrive and returned mine to the store (just in time to buy a replacement glass for my french press--cluttery and clumsy!). Finally, I got to bake my madeleines.


Blogger Lisa B. said...


In a side note, those madeleines at Les Madeleines are really, really good. I was reminded of that when we stopped by a couple of weeks ago and I got my free one with my beverage. So cute and delicious. I also had a vanilla cupcake on your recommendation--v. good. I want a tinier cupcake tin than I have, because theirs are small-ish, but not so small as my super tiny cupcake tin. I need a svelte, sophisticated medium-sized cupcake tin.

And, in the spirit of the American Christmas, I now have a new thing to want--a madeleine pan. (along with the medium-sized cupcake tin)

7:57 AM  
Blogger tara said...

That is so cute. And I want a bakery like that in my neighborhood!

My favorite piece of bakeware at the moment (well, other than my enameled cast-iron pot I use for the no-knead bread -- we're on, like, loaf number five now) is one of those mini Bundt pans that produces fancy little molded cakes.

12:23 PM  

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