Note to self: do not bake when you have not had much sleep. I woke up this morning at 5:55 (yes, it is Sunday), Satoshi had to go to work and meet a client at 8:30. Since he was leaving the house at 6:30, I wanted to send him off with a musubi(rice ball) for breakfast.
So, after he left, I did a little stretching and then had my breakfast. Since I was up and it was only 7:00, I decided to bake.
I found a recipe in a Japanese book for madeleines, while reading the recipe I didn't know if it made 6 large ones OR 18 small ones or 6 large ones AND 18 small ones. It was neither.
I overfilled the large pan, so there wasn't much batter left for the small ones. Plus, I counted the grooves in my small pan and there were only 15. I guess I could blame it on the recipe, as it didn't say how much to fill each groove, but as I was filling the pan, something in the back of my head was telling me, "only half or three-fourths is good", which obviously I didn't listen to because I filled them up to the top.
Anyway, when you overfill your pan, this is what happens. The batter bonds with its neighboring madeleine and then you can't get them to separate from the pan or each other--I had to take a butter knife to these.
This is actually my second attempt at making madeleines, the first one was also a failure.
Still, the texture of the madeleine was nice--moist and not dense...sigh...unless you don't mind eating ugly madeleines, please don't come over for tea.
Have a nice week!