Definition of madeleine
1 : a small rich shell-shaped cake
2 : one that evokes a memory
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J’aime will sell La Colombe coffee, viennoiserie (such as croissants), pastries (such as fruit tarts, eclairs, madeleines, merveilleux), quiches and sandwiches for lunch, sweet crepes, and a small bread line (baguettes, mostly).
Épicerie Boulud will be up first on Tuesday and Wednesday with madeleines and canelés.
Other options include shortbread, madeleines or your favorite crisp cookie.
The menu includes ham salad, a crab cake sandwich, strawberries and cream, red velvet cupcakes and vanilla madeleines.
GET THE: copper pots (that jam pan!), Laguiole knives and corkscrews, madeleine and canelé molds, carbon steel knives, and so on.
Just as a madeleine once summoned the memories of a Parisian aesthete, this offprint...
In Germany, the linden is a tree for lovers; in Scandinavia, a favorite haunt of elves, and after dipping his madeleine in tea made from linden flowers, Marcel Proust’s protagonist, Charles Swann, fell into a remembrance of things past.
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The madeleine Goes Back to France
The madeleine is said to have been named after a 19th-century French cook named Madeleine Paumier, but it was the French author Marcel Proust who immortalized the pastry in his 1913 book Swann's Way, the first volume of his seven-part novel Remembrance of Things Past. In that work, a taste of tea-soaked cake evokes a surge of memory and nostalgia. As more and more readers chewed on the profound mnemonic power attributed to a mere morsel of cake, the word madeleine itself became a designation for anything that evokes a memory.
Origin and Etymology of madeleine
French, perhaps from Madeleine Paumier, 19th century French pastry cook
First Known Use: 1829See Words from the same year
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