In addition to pumpkin and gift giving, another memory of Kelly that comes to mind is her love of tea and "going" to Tea. She took me to tea one Saturday in early October, before she started her chemo treatments, while the guys stayed at the house to watch a Kentucky football game. Her favorite place was The Greentree Tearoom in Lexington, a lovely old house that is divided into an area for formal tea and the other half is a high-end antique store. It's nestled in downtown Lexington, where old and new have blended quite nicely.
The tea we had that day was Earl Grey and it was brewed perfectly, but what I remember the most is the array of desserts in the center of the room that were displayed on a very large tiered table. On that day, we feasted on Pumpkin Rolls, Bourbon Chocolate Pots de Creme, and Hot Apple Spice Cake, after our soup, scones with Marmalade & Fayette Cream, and dainty sandwiches and Kelly talked about how wonderful it would be to bring Erin and Maddie there...when Maddie was older. It was an afternoon of hope and I'll always remember that fall day of afternoon tea.
Madeleines are a cakey-cookie that goes perfectly with tea. Their distinctive shell-like characteristic comes from the pan they are baked in that has shell-shaped depressions. There is some conflict when they were first made; some pastry books cite Madeleine Paulmier created these cookies in the 18th Century and that Louis XV gave them the name Madelienes in honor of her. Others, however, think these little cakes didn't show up until the 19th Century in Commercy and Liverdun, two communities of the Lorraine region in the northeastern part of France. To me, it doesn't really matter how long ago as I prepare to create a madeleine to honor Kelly and brew a pot of tea.
4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 T orange zest
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Lightly spray Madeleine pan with a baking spray and set aside.
Use a rasp to zest the orange.
Sift the dry ingredients or in a medium bowl, whisk them together. Add the dry ingredients, alternately with the pumpkin to the batter. Beat at medium speed 1 minute more after all ingredients have been incorporated. Scrape down sides and mix together quickly.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan about 5 minutes before transferring Madeleines to a rack to cool completely. Using a small strainer, dust the tops with confectioners' sugar.
The Pumpkin Pie Spice Give-Away goes to Denise! Please email me your address so I can send it out to you. Thank you all for posting. Love always, XOXO