Wednesday, March 2, 2011

a sweet start

This past year has been huge for one of my besties, the now Mrs Odette Annable. Not only did she say 'yes' to her real life leading man Dave Annable {that talented stud from tv show Brothers and Sisters, who were hitched in October} she also said 'yes' to FOX when they asked her to be one of their leading ladies on the new soon to be hit tv show, "Breaking In", premiering in April {also staring Christian Slater}.

So when she asked me if I would prepare something sweet for the cast and crew to celebrate the beginning of this new work chapter I said, "can't you go to Sprinkles"? Kidding! I said of course, of course!
This is another reason why I love my friend so much. Rather than being concerned with caloric consumption and one of the Atkins, Zone, sugar free, fun free diets that's out there, she's all about enjoying a balanced life style that includes the sweet stuff in life.

I put together a collection of my infamous Chocolate Chip cookies, Caramel Slice {the ones, The Mentalist Simon Baker loves}, Lemon Melts and some Coconut Madeleines.
Coconut Madeleines
1 stick of melted butter, now at room temperature
3 eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
1 cup of all purpose flour
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of sweetened coconut flakes

Preheat Oven to 375
Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla paste until light and fluffy {see above mixer pic for an idea of color and texture}. Once it's reached desired consistency and color, add butter.  In separate bowl sift together dry ingredients bar coconut flakes. Fold in dry ingredients and once even, add coconut and continue to mix until evenly incorporated.
Spoon around 1 tablespoon of batter into Madeleine pan {shell should be almost full}. Rap baking sheet on tabletop to remove any air bubbles. Bake for around 10 minutes {depending on the size of your shell} or until batter springs back to the touch, turning half way through. Place on drying rack and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners sugar.
If you put these little shells up to your ear, you might think you can hear the rumbling of the ocean, but you'd be mistaken. It's actually your tummy waiting to devour this sweet little treasure and you'd be crazy not to do so! Hope you enjoy these as much as we did :)

xo t


  1. aw what a sweetheart to bring yummy sweets to her cast & crew! and lucky her, having an amazing baker friend like you to turn to. i am a huge lover of madeleines but i guess i always assumed they were much harder to make. must find a madeleine pan right away! :)

  2. these look like the cover of the book proust was a neuroscientist! yummmm!


  3. Beautiful and perfect little cookies. Great story and adorable ending. Seems to be your winning formula these days Tash! I love your blog!

  4. These look amazing!!! Just like the ones they sell at Starbucks and I try and resist picking them up :P

  5. yum.. now all you need is a good book and some delicious tea to dunk those sweet little treats in :)

  6. What sweet treats indeed. I love Maddies but have never tried making them.

    And congrats to your friend!

  7. Oh yummy..those look so beautiful. I always wanted to try baking them and now I can! Thanks, sweetie and congrats to your friend:)

  8. I have a fabulous idea: You bring the sweets and I will bring the carpet! Yummy and so pretty to look at! xo Samantha

  9. Secondhand Star now follows you too! You're sweeter than your sugary creations. Thanks for the support. We love you!

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  10. Madeleines are such fantastic buttery little treats. I've never had a coconut one, but you may have convinced me to go out and buy a shell-shaped pan. You devil!

  11. Love the look of these alone! Plus they have such simple, wholesome ingredients.. love the addition of coconut! I'm sure everyone thoroughly enjoyed your sweet efforts :)
    p.s. What a beautiful couple (Dave & Odette)! I would LOVE to know what beauty products Odette uses..

  12. I love Madelines! How fun that you are baking for your lucky friend!

    p.s. I need to invite you to my fashion reception. I will do that asap!

    xo Mary Jo

  13. Before I discovered this darn gluten sensitivity, I couldn't open a packet of madelines without eating the entire package. No balance there at all. I know these would be 10x better so it's just as well, my already very bumpy hips would pay the price for the cooperation my hand and mouth seem to be so good at :)

  14. They are just the prettiest cookies! You are on a roll!

  15. those are really cute/delish looking :) and I love the photos, very artistic if you ask me.

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  16. Oh geez, more good food! I'm glad people can enjoy a sweet without guilt.

  17. Oh my gosh YUM!! You've convinced me... I'm totally going to make these :)

  18. These look SO good. I need to buy a madeleine pan. STAT.

  19. Mmm, how delicious! Coconut madelines sound so heavenly!

  20. Wow...coconut madelines! Thats a first i've heard but sure it's delish! HAha...loved your description of puttin the shells against your ears and mistaken the rumblin sound of the ocean as your tummy makin hungry noises, so cute!:D

    Thx for droppin by my blog, i'm defintely addin you to my blogroll, hope u add me back!:)


  21. I totally adore the mold/shapes of these!

  22. I have never had one! Guess you will have to come bring me one!

  23. Mmm so simple and they must taste so good!

    Miss Neira

  24. *sigh* - just when i start myself on a diet u read all these AMAZING not diet foods

    ps - i just realized i wasn't following u, which i thought i was, anyway, i'm a follower now :o)

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  25. Oh my these are my favorite at Starbucks, and have always wanted to learn how to make them. Yay, thank you for this lovely post.


  26. Not only do these look great but I'll bet they taste fabulous!
    (I know what you mean about the call of Europe... ;) )

  27. She was in a lifetime movie a few years ago, right? About a teacher and a fake sex tape scandal? I remember googling the actress because I liked her so much. So excited to watch her new show!

  28. Yum! Every time I visit you, my eyes get full but my stomach starts growling..

    Great reason to make those goodies, you know famous people. So awesome!



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