Definitions for madeleineˈmæd l ɪn, ˌmæd lˈeɪn, -ˈɛn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mad•e•leineˈmæd l ɪn, ˌmæd lˈeɪn, -ˈɛn(n.)
a small shell-shaped cake.
something that triggers memories or nostalgia.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of madeleine:
1835–45; < F, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, after the given name
A small gateau or sponge cake, often shaped like an elongated scallop shell.
Something which brings back a memory; a source of nostalgia or evocative memories (used with reference to its function in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time).
Origin: From madeleine, earlier gâteau à la Madeleine, of uncertain origin; attributed in some sources to a 19th-century pastry cook Madeleine Paulmier whose existence is now considered dubious. (Compare Oxford English Dictionary, Trésor de la Langue Française)
The madeleine or petite madeleine is a traditional small cake from Commercy and Liverdun, two communes of the Lorraine region in northeastern France. Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. Aside from the traditional moulded pan, commonly found in stores specialising in kitchen equipment and even hardware stores, no special tools are required to make madeleines. A génoise cake batter is used. The flavour is similar to, but somewhat lighter than, sponge cake. Traditional recipes include very finely ground nuts, usually almonds. A variation uses lemon zest, for a pronounced lemony taste.
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