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Dessert calls for a strawberry Napoleon ($4.99); or grab some palmiers or lemon madeleines ($1.09-$3.09) to go.
Taste, for example: Marcel Proust famously ate a madeleine that carried him back to childhood like a leaf on the wind.
Probably the most famous and frequently referenced example of this in literary history is Proust’s preoccupation with madeleines, the taste of which sends the narrator of Swann’s Way down a lengthy path of reverie.
Dozen Bakery Housed in a former truck repair shop, this spacious bakery opened three years ago and is always jammed with locals who come to treat themselves to the brown sugar and cornmeal cherry scones, pecan bars and lemon madeleines.
Split an order of Maine lobster dumplings with jade butter ($16) or snack on the signature cornbread madeleines ($7) with a Black Pearl gin, vermouth and eau de vie cocktail ($13) or a can of sparkling chardonnay for two ($20).
The madeleine of my childhood was larger, served at room temperature, and typically eaten after a nap.
At the Fairmont San Francisco, harvested honey adds flavor to salad dressings, ice cream, and honey madeleines at the hotel.
The main course features roasted turkey, traditional gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied pecan sweet potatoes, whipped mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, apple orange cranberry relish and fresh baked carrot nut bread madeleines.
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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.
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