Madeleines were said to be the favorite of Proust. These shell shaped petit fours were originally made of sponge cake and to me, rather tasteless. They dried out quickly while sitting on display and lacked any definitive flavor.
However, the Orange Almond Madeleines and the fudgey Chocolate Madeleines we made at the bakery are a special treat that lasts on display or in a tin and can be frozen for later use. These were a very popular petit four. Orange and almond is a favorite flavor combination than never fails to deliver in the taste department.
There are two kinds of petit fours, petit four sec which is any small one or two bite cake, tart, or other pick up dessert. Petit four glace are the fondant covered little cakes. At the bakery, we made the petit four sec and had a box of assorted ones that were very popular. Continue reading