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Monday, April 18, 2005 

Martha's Baaaaaaack

Posted by Hello Well...Now we know where cookie monster may have gotten his "go healthy" idea...

Six weeks after being released from federal prison, Martha Stewart has reached a deal with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. to create a 24-hour channel featuring cooking, gardening and entertaining programming for women. - Yahoo/AP

Love her or hate her....Martha just keeps rolling along. Is it a coincidence that Martha, a Democrat, got jail time and the likes of Ken Lay, Republicans, who did serious financial damage to our country are still walking free? I don't think so.

But, that being said. Martha's magazines are a fantastic resource for great recipes.

Madeleine Cookies

Perfectly delicate shell-shaped cookies—are flavored with lemon or orange zest, but variations include chocolate, cocoa, almond paste, or nuts. Baked in scallop-shaped molds, these cookies are tender with a tight-grained interior and a delicate crust.

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
5tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1/2cup whole hazelnuts, toasted
1 1/4cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
Pinch of salt
4 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Heat oven to 325 deg;. In a small saucepan, melt butter until light amber in color.

2. Brush madeleine pan with melted butter, and dust lightly with flour. Place hazelnuts and 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, and process until very fine.

3. Combine hazelnut mixture, 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar, flour, and salt in a medium bowl. Add egg whites and vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add melted browned butter, and whisk until incorporated. With a tablespoon, fill molds evenly, about three-quarters of the way. Transfer to oven, and bake 14 to 18 minutes. Cool 2 minutes, and remove from pan. Cool completely on a rack, ridged side up. Dust cookies with confectioners sugar.


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