Three-Colour Madeleine

Have you experienced a situation in which, given plenty of choices, you just could not decide which particular one to choose from, because you felt like having them all? I encountered this situation pretty often, especially when I was shopping for clothes and shoes ๐Ÿ˜› Ladies, you know what I am talking about, don’t you? We get stuck, sometimes, we actually have too many choices. For instance, when I went to Uniqlo to buy a T-shirt, there were so many beautiful colours to choose from. In the end, I picked two or three different colours, but with exactly the same shirt design. Or, just open your food delivery application, and you will get a long list of restaurants, hawker stalls, cafes and bakeries to get your meal fixed, and you’ll almost get choice paralysis.

Why is it so hard when having too many choices? It’s probably because when you make a decision to choose something, you have also decided to sacrifice the others. But, wait a minute, this is not always the case, is it? “Rarely is the choice as black or white as we make it out to be.

The important idea here is — just make a decision. Regardless of how many choices I am given, just be decisive and make my choice. When I bake these three-colour madeleine, I could not decide which flavours of madeleine to bake: honey, matcha or chocolate. I felt like having all of them, and hence all three of flavours were combined into one madeleine; so that in one bite, I enjoyed the best of, not both, but three worlds.

As a result of decisiveness, I created something new. I am glad I made that decision.

Watch the video to see how three-colour madeleines are made:

Ingredients: (make about 12 large madeleines)

(A) Honey Madeleine

  • Egg 1 no.
  • Sugar 30g
  • Honey 10g
  • Cake flour 40g
  • Baking powder 1/2 tsp
  • Melted butter 50g

(B) Matcha Madeleine

  • Egg 1 no.
  • Sugar 50g
  • Cream 30g
  • Cake flour 45g
  • Matcha powder 5g
  • Baking powder 1/2 tsp
  • Melted butter 50g

(C) Cocoa Madeleine

  • Egg 1 no.
  • Sugar 50g
  • Cake flour 40g
  • Cocoa powder 10g
  • Baking powder 1/2 tsp
  • Melted butter 50g

Method:

  1. To make madeleine batter: In a mixing bowl, mix egg and sugar together. In addition, put in honey or cream for honey madeleine and matcha madeleine respectively.
  2. Sift dry ingredients, i.e. cake flour and baking powder, together. As for matcha madeleine and cocoa madeleine, sift matcha powder and cocoa powder respectively together with the cake flour and baking powder as well.
  3. Add the sifted dry ingredients to egg mixture, and mix well.
  4. Add melted butter and mix until well combined.
  5. Transfer each flavour of madeleine batter to a piping bag. Chill and rest the batter in refrigerator for about an hour.
  6. Preheat oven at 190 degree Celsius. Prepare madeleine pan. Brush madeleine pan with a layer of melted butter or softened butter. Some madeleine pan may need to be dusted with flour as well, depending on the type and quality of your madeleine pan or mould.
  7. Pipe three different types of madeleine batter into each cavity.

8. Bake at 190 degree Celsius for around 10 -1 5 minutes, depending on the size of your madeleines. To test the doneness, touch the centre surface of madeleines, if they are firm to touch and bounce back, the madeleines are done. In contrast, if the centre is soft and wet, extend the baking time by 1-2 minutes and check the doneness again.

9. Once it is out from the oven, remove madeleines from pan. Let cool on a cooling rack, before serving.

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