How to make it

  • For Crème Fraîche mixture:
  • Empty the cream cheese and crème fraîche into a mixing bowl and beat at med-high speed until incorporated and fluffy. Place mixture in a pastry bag with star tip (or in a large zip lock bag with the end snipped off). Chill until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • For Preparing the Pan: Melt the butter over medium heat until the milk solids are golden brown and a nutty aroma is released; strain through a fine mesh strainer and set aside to cool. Mix 2 teaspoon of the butter with one teaspoon of flour. Carefully brush the insides and rim of a madeleine mold, being careful not to miss a single spot.
  • For Making the Madeleines: Sift the remaining all-purpose flour, cake flour, pepper and salt together in a small bowl; whisk in the chives and zest, then set aside until needed.
  • In the work bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks with the whole egg on high speed for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture, then fold in the remaining butter until just incorporated. Be careful not to over work the batter, or the madeleines will be tough.
  • Pipe or spoon the batter into the prepared molds, filling them about 3/4 full.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the low center position. Bake until light golden brown and firm, about 6 to 8 minutes for large madeleines and 5 minutes for miniatures. Immediately turn them out of the pan onto a dry kitchen towel; cool slightly before serving.
  • Attractively arrange the madeleines on a platter, then pipe each madeline with the crème fraîche mixture and garnish each with a smoked salmon rosette and a sprig of fresh baby dill or chive.
  • Make It Ahead: The madeleines may be made up to three days in advance; cool completely, then store in an airtight container. The madeleines may also be frozen for up to one month, but they are best when eaten right out of the oven.

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  • chuckieb 3 months ago
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    trigger ate it and said...
    These sound fantastic Luisa I guess I will ask Santa for a Madeleine mold so I can make these decadent Salmon And Creme Fraiche appetizers.
    Flagged as beautiful.
    Yumm I can not wait until Xmas
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  • binky67 5 years ago
    Simply Beautiful!!!!!
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    gourmetana ate it and said...
    Another winner Luisa! Sounds absolutely delicious! Flagged unique and beautiful!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said... unique and delicious! I always look for new smoked salmon recipes, thanks for the great post!
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    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Very Cool Idea!! The photo looks great...;-)~
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    They look gorgeous and sound great. I love your presentation, too. Great job...thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    waterlily ate it and said...
    Wow! Fun and original take on a classic presentation! Thanks and here's my high 5!
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