Oct 15, 2008

Review: Donsuemor Madeleines

Packages of Donsuemor Madeleines
Madeleines are petite, shell-shaped cakes (sometimes mistakenly called cookies). Beloved in France for centuries, they've been best known outside that country as the catalyst for the multi-volume Proustian memory-fest, Remembrance of Things Past. The narrator dips “one of those short, plump little cakes called petites madeleines” into his tea and is immediately overwhelmed by a rush of childhood memories.
Now, thanks to a company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Americans are coming to know madeleines first-hand. When I lived in Paris years ago I loved these little treats and enjoyed them regularly. In the years since I’ve relegated madeleines to an “only-in-France” possibility; it just never occurred to me to look for them at home. So when I held a package of American-made Donsuemor madeleines in my hand last week, I was wary.
I needn’t have been. These plump little cakes were every bit the equal of the best madeleines I had in France. Rich, buttery, and first-rate delicious, they’re made with high-quality ingredients and are completely free of preservatives, additives, or trans fats (they’re certified Kosher).
Even better: they come in 5 varieties. Along with the Traditional madeleine are Lemon Zest, Chocolate, Dipped Chocolate, and Dipped Traditional. And a nice touch: they last up to 6 months in the freezer, so you don’t have to wreck your diet when you get your hands on a package. Available throughout the USA and Canada, or you can order a Donsuemor Sampler online.

Bon App├ętit!

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