Madeleines. That little French butter cake that most (non-French) people think of more as a cookie. They have a classy, literary reputation, having served as Proust's muse in his famous Remembrance of Things Past. Like most muses, however, madeleines appear to be simple but actually require a fair amount of patience and careful following of instructions. In the end, though, you are rewarded with a truly unique little cake, browned and crispy on the outside and spongy and soft on the inside. A perfect accompaniment to your afternoon cup of tea.