Madeleine Cakes 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

One of the last cookbooks I bought for Lydia was for the Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery  related to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon near where she worked in Beverly Hills–it is now closed at that location. She had the traditional Madeleine pan like in the photo, plus a fancier one that looked more like a clam shell or scallop shell. These are cakelettes are like what the famous author Marcel Proust uses “to contrast involuntary memory with voluntary memory. The latter designates memories retrieved by ‘intelligence,’ that is, memories produced by putting conscious effort into remembering events, people, and places.” Lydia remembers things, but can’t communicate well because of the Primary Progressive Aphasia version of the FTD disease.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

madeleines French Laundry


  • 1/4 Cup plus 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon eggs
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 1/4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2.3 Ounces butter, plus more for the madeleine pan
  • 2 Teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon clover honey
  • 1 -2 drops lemon oil (optional)


Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl and sift in the baking powder. Add the salt and whisk together.

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