Tuesday, November 08, 2011

TWD—It’s a Twofer: Mini Madeleines and Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie



Do those look mini to you?  They’re not.  I don’t have a mini madeleine pan, but decided to make the cookies in my regular madeleine pan anyway, I missed the week for TWD when they made the Traditional Madeleines (page 166).  The recipe for the minis turned out well.  I liked the lemon flavor.  The only thing I thought was that they needed to be a little sweeter.  So, I made a simple lemon glaze (with just fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar until it was the consistency I wanted).  Ah, better! ;) 

The recipe made about 16 regular sized madeleines.  The very last one was made with just a little bit of the remaining batter and turned out well as a mini.  It would have been fun and worked well to have made a bunch of them with the smaller size.  They were good either way.


A few of them, including the mini in the front there were baked more since it was smaller and was in the same pan as the rest of them, but I preferred the ones that were just slightly more crisp on the outside.

DSCF8051Lemon Glaze Madeleines 11-3-11

Want the recipe for these?  Di at Di's Kitchen Notebook will have the recipe on her blog. 


Next up—Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie, chosen by Valerie whose blog is une Gamine dans la Cuisine.  She’ll have the recipe on her blog. 

I decided to only make half the recipe.  But how would I make half a pie?  I made a galette!

Depths of Fall Butternut Squash Pie 11-7-11

I used a different pie crust recipe instead of Dorie’s, which IS a good recipe and makes great crust.  I used this pate brisee recipe (basic pie dough) from Paige’s blog, A Cooking Life.   She gives a wonderful tutorial on how to make a perfect tender, flaky all butter pie crust.  I’ve made it many times, but now she has recently put a step-by-step on her blog that is so helpful and informative.  (Check it out.)

I made enough dough for one pie crust.  Knowing I was just make a smaller galette, and that Dorie’s pie has a top and a bottom, I knew this would be enough dough to almost completely cover it and I was happy with the way it turned out.  I thought the flavors in Dorie’s pie were interesting with butternut squash, pear, dried cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg and walnuts.  I made the recipe just as it was written. 

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Don’t get me wrong here.  I like the pie.  It’s good.  But I decided something while tasting it—I prefer squash in savory foods.  I think I would like pumpkin or maybe even sweet potatoes in this instead of the butternut squash.   Actually, what I really think would be best for this pie is just pears (or apples) and cranberries and walnuts.   So there. ;)


Check out Valerie’s gorgeous pie, especially if you want the recipe (linked above).

Tuesdays With Dorie is coming right down to the wire!


sue said...

well they both look amazing!

Paige said...

Hey, I love your new look! I've been thinking about making some changes myself. Anyway, I think this pie looks delicious!--I think I would like the squash in the filling...but I also like your all fruit idea.

Fallon said...

The galette is very festive. I love butternut squash, I'm sure it tastes great the way you made it!!

Is your blog redesign new?? I just noticed it. Very cute!!

Iva said...

Those madeleins look beautiful!

Lisa Ernst said...

The Madeleines look so pretty and the pie looks even better! That is an interesting combination for the pic. I actually have an allergy to any kind of squash, but sweet potato or pumpkin would make a good sub. May have to try "my version" sometime.

Kayte said...

Love those mads and was nice you made them even without the little mad pan. Nice pie as well...you are so good to make them both. I might make the mads tomorrow (I even have the pan), not sure yet. It's so hard to get rid of desserts without Matt and his swim buddies around!

Unknown said...

Kudos to you for making both recipes! I still haven't been able to accomplish that this month. Your blog looks great, it's a new design, right?

Jacque said...

I agree that the madeleines needed a little more sweetness... I definitely liked the ones with powdered sugar versus plain. Good idea with the glaze.

As for the squash... ewww! lol, but I like the idea of using pumpkin. Good try anyway.

Hindy said...

Both delicious recipes. Your photos are lovely! Glad to know I can adapt the madeleines to my regular pan - when I get around to them.