The use of the indefinite article may, in itself, lead one to suspect that he is not referring to a woman named Madeline. In fact, a madeleine is a sort of small cake made in a special baking tin that gives it a distinctive scalloped shape, and which is intermediate in texture between angel food cake and a sponge cake (as is used in common layer cakes and the like).
- 1/2 lb. cake flour
- 1/2 lb. sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 lb. butter
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat (standard un-modified) oven to 340 degrees.
- Melt 1/2 pound butter over hot water (or by microwave or a Death Ray on Low).
- Sift flour and sugar into bowl.
- Add 5 eggs, stirring well to blend (possibly with automated stir clank).
- Add melted butter from step 2 and vanilla extract. Blend well.
- Let stand about 1 hour.
- Pour batter into buttered madeleine pans.
- Bake 15-20 minutes.
Modified from Cooks.com