Here is a Quarantine Kitchen Challenge…..
I was craving something sweet and during this COVID19 Pandemic, and as I walked into my kitchen pantry to find:
No butter, no problem.
No chocolate chips, no problem.
No milk, no problem.
No flour, no problem……
But with the ingredients I did have on hand in my pantry, included: Talenti Lemon Bar Gelato ®, eggs, oranges, vegetable and Hershey’s ® Cocoa powder, the dilemma of not having butter, milk , eggs, flour or chocolate was easily conquered. I quickly figured out that I could make…..Chocolate Orange French Madeleines. And here’s how I did it.
Makes about 3 Dozen
For the Madeleines:
1 box of yellow or white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 pint of Talenti Lemon Bar Gelato®, melted
Zest of 1 large, orange divided
Vegetable spray or oil
All purpose flour, for dusting (if you have it on hand)
For the Chocolate Sauce:
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar
A madeleine pan
To make the Madeleines:
To a large bowl, add the cake mix, the oil, the eggs , the gelato and about 1/2 of the orange zest. Using a handheld electric mixer, blend the ingredients into a thick batter.
Lightly coat the madeleine pan with vegetable cooking spray or lightly brush with oil. Lightly dust with flour. Tap out the excess. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
Prepare a baking sheet, and place a wire rack over it for cooling. Prepare a second baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
Remove the batter from the refrigerator. Using a measured tablespoon, fill each shell with the batter Place the madeleines in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until slightly golden, springy to the touch, and a skewer or toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Remove the tray of baked madeleines and t immediately, loosen the madeleines from the tray using a wooden skewer and then gently remove from the tray and place on a wire rack to finish cooling. If you leave the madeleines to cool in the baking tray then they will almost certainly get stuck.
In the mean time, prepare the chocolate sauce.
Add the ingredients to a small sauce pan and stir until a smooth paste is achieved. Using a double boiler on the stovetop, add the small sauce pan and gently heat until the chocolate is glossy and all the solids have dissolved. Add more oil as needed to get the consistency desired. Set aside and keep warm in the saucepan in the double boiler.
Once the madeleines are cool, it is time to dip them in the chocolate. Pour the chocolate into a small mug or other tall and narrow bowl and dip the cooled madeleines into the chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the dipping container and then place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Place the chocolate dipped madeleines in the refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely set.
To serve, place the madeleines on a serving platter and garnish with the remaining orange zest.
These madeleines should stay fresh for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container, although they are at their absolute best soon after coming out of the oven. The Madeleines can also be frozen for 2-3 months.
To replace one ounce of unsweetened chocolate, use 3 tablespoons cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon butter, shortening or oil. Dissolve the cocoa in liquid that is already used in the recipe.
To replace one ounce of semisweet chocolate, use 3 tablespoons of cocoa plus only 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter, shortening or oil and 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.
For more information on different types of chocolate, see All About Chocolate and, from Cooking Light, Chocolate Essentials.
If you cannot find Talenti Lemon Bar Gelato® in your local area, feel free to use plain vanilla ice cream.
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