Memorial Day Weekend ~ Grand Liberty Tart Recipe

la Madeleine has a special pâtisserie called the Liberty Tart, which will be making it’s return this June!

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In celebration of Memorial Day Weekend we’re sharing a special treat created by our chef, the Grand Liberty Tart!

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{Grand Liberty Tart}

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Roll out a sheet of puff pastry and  brush the edges with a little water, fold over the edges and press with your fingers.
  • Add egg wash to the pressed edge and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake according to directions.
  • Once baked fill with a layer of pastry cream of your choice
  • Decorate with red, white & blue!   We used alternating rows of raspberries, fresh whipped cream with chopped almonds & blueberries.
  • To finish it off in the “French style” top your berries with an apricot glaze to give it that finished tart look!

 Create your own version of a Liberty Tart as a centerpiece for your backyard barbecues and parties this weekend.


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Chicken with Lemons

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Chicken with Lemons
Poulet au Citron
Preparation: 15 minutes, plus 24 hours to marinate
Cooking: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Equipment: 1-gallon glass or plastic airtight container with lid, 1-quart saucepan, baking pan with rack

1 chicken (about 3 ½ pounds)
1/3 cup onion, peeled and chopped
1 small bell pepper, seeded and cut in strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup plus tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided use
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from approximately 8 lemons)
1 bouquet garni (parsley, thyme, and bay leaf tied together)
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
2 lemons for garnish
Fresh tarragon, mint, or parsley for garnish

Fragrant with its citrus flavor, this dish is ideally refreshing during the spring and summer. Add more sugar, if desired, to sweeten the tartness. Chicken with Lemons is an easy spring entrée that can be doubled for a gathering. Use colorful pepper for added visual impact.

The night before, cut chicken into 6 pieces. In an airtight container, combine onion, bell pepper, garlic, and chicken. Add ¼ cup olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Top with bouquet garni. Turn the chicken pieces once or twice while they are marinating overnight in the refrigerator.

The next day, preheat oven to 400°.

Remove chicken from the marinade, reserving marinade. Drain and place on a rack in an ovenproof baking pan. Brush chicken with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake chicken for 40 minutes. If chicken is not a brown as you would like, broil for a few minutes.

Cook marinade in a saucepan, covered, over low heat for 40 minutes. Add sugar while the marinade is cooking, stirring from time to time.

After chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, drain the liquid that has accumulated on the bottom of the pan and add to the saucepan with the marinade.

To serve, arrange cooked chicken on a serving platter. Removing bouquet garni, pour marinade over the chicken. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh herbs. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Excerpt from:
From a French Country Kitchen: The Culinary Tradition of la Madeleine French Bakery & Café
By Monique Esquerré and Patrick Esquerré

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Yule Love It: The History of Bûche de Noël

2013 lm buche de noel 300x300 Yule Love It: The History of Bûche de NoëlThe holiday season is a time when many of us follow traditions that have been honored throughout several generations. At la Madeleine Country French Café, traditions are at the heart of everything we do. Our recipes follow the time-honored French tradition of using fresh, high-quality ingredients to create delicious comfort food and delicate pastries. One of the traditional pâtisseries we offer each holiday season is the Yule Log, or as it’s known in France, the Bûche de Noël.

Our Bûche de Noël

Our la Madeleine Bûche de Noël starts with classic vanilla sheet cake. A layer of chocolate mousse is added before rolling it into the iconic Yule log shape. Our pastry chefs then ice it with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache to resemble tree bark and decorate it with festive holiday candy ornaments. A symbol of warmth and tradition, the Bûche de Noël is one of our favorite holiday patisseries. It makes a beautiful addition to any holiday centerpiece.

The Evolution of the Bûche de Noël

Many holiday traditions are tied to nature, and the Bûche de Noël or Yule log is no exception. The Yule log began as an ancient Celtic tradition tied to the winter solstice. Celtic families would burn an actual log as part of their Yule celebrations. Eventually the Yule log then made its way from the fireplace the Christmas dinner table as a decorated centerpiece. The French took the idea of the Yule log and created the the Bûche de Noël patisserie. Pastry chefs take their own creative approaches when decorating the Bûche de Noël. You will see them decorated to resemble real logs, complete with bark, greenery, mushrooms and snow. And many, like ours, are decorated more festively with candy holly berries, poinsettias and ornaments.

We look forward to serving you our Bûche de Noël each holiday season, and hope you make it a part of your family’s Christmas traditions.

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There’s something for Everyone This Holiday Season at la Madeleine

If you find yourself in need of a break from shopping this holiday season, why not stop by your la Madeleine and finish your shopping while sipping a latte? We have a variety of small, unique gifts that are sure to please the palates of everyone on your list.

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C’est it in French

Our new French Lessons CD, “C’est it in French,” was produced in response to a San Antonio guest who suggested the idea to one of our directors of operations. For many years, guests have enjoyed our fun French lessons in the restrooms of their la Madeleine, so we thank him for pushing us to re-edit and produce a take-home CD. Learn common French phrases in the comfort of your own home, where we’ll help you master several basic phrases such as “je t’aime,” which means, “I love you!”  But please don’t wait too long, as quantities of these CDs are limited.

Santé for new la Madeleine French Wines

Say “santé!” (“Cheers”) and complete your holiday menus with our new la Madeleine French wines. It has been a few years, so we are excited to reintroduce two proprietary wines, available to our guests by the glass or to share by the bottle. In some cafés the wines can also be purchased to take home. Our la Madeleine Chardonnay-Viognier blend is the perfect complement to poultry or pork dishes, and our Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend is perfect for heartier fare, such as roast beef. A bottle of la Madeleine® French wine would make a wonderful hostess gift to pick up on your way to a holiday party! As always, wines are only available for purchase to our guests who are 21 years and older, and we encourage you to please drink responsibly.

la Madeleine Handmade Truffles

If you plan to attend a holiday soirée this season, your hostess will say “merci beaucoup!” when you present her with a gift box of la Madeleine homemade truffles. Sold in 4- or 8-piece boxes, our handmade truffles are inspired by our signature pastries. The truffles are wrapped in a beautiful pewter-colored quilted box, wrapped with a satin bow and gift tag. Flavors:  dark chocolate raspberry, cappuccino, coconut and double chocolate.

la Madeleine Confiture Fruit Spreads

One of the joys of la Madeleine is our signature bread and jam spread. The classic la Madeleine “appetizer” of sourdough, seven grain or country wheat bread with your choice of our strawberry rhubarb or blackberry jam is one of the many delights of dining at la Madeleine. We are excited to bring back our la Madeleine confitures by the jar for this holiday season. In petite tureen style jars, our confitures make fantastic stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or even secret Santa gifts for the la Madeleine lover in your office. Wrap our strawberry rhubarb or blackberry confitures with a french baguette.  Bon appétit!

And more

Like always, you can pick up our homemade tomato basil soupe and Caesar salade dressing by the jar. We also have our signature American, French and French Decaf roast coffees available for purchase.  (Our French roast is available year-round; American and French Decaf are brought in during the holidays only.)  As you can see, we have an abundance of gift options in café to make completing your shopping list a bit more enjoyabl

And for those on your list who are hard to shop for, la Madeleine gift cards may be the answer. This season, when you purchase a $25 gift card in café, you’ll get a $5* “Treat Yourself” card to enjoy. *Offer valid only on gift cards purchased in café through 12/31/2013 – online gift card purchases are not eligible for this promotion.

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La Madeleine Turkey & Stuffing Croquettes

Every year, Thanksgiving comes and goes, leaving copious amounts leftovers sitting in the refrigerator for days on end.  Instead of reheating a plateful of sides or eating a dozen turkey sandwiches, why not try something new with your leftovers this year?  

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Turkey and Stuffing Croquettes

Inspired by the newest fried delight at the 2013 State Fair of Texas, the “Fried Thanksgiving Dinner”, our Senior Director of Culinary, Susan Dederen, whipped up a tasty new recipe, Turkey & Stuffing Croquettes.  Dederen’s recipe uses oven-roasted turkey and cranberry apple stuffing from the la Madeleine holiday feast.  Try with your Thanksgiving leftovers, and let us know what you think. 

bon appétit!



  • Roasted Turkey Breast – 1 cup chopped fine
  • Cranberry Apple Sage Stuffing – 2 cups
  • Parmesan Cheese – 1/4 cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Roll 2″ round balls of mixture.
  • Place on a sheet tray lined with parchment.
  • Flatten into 2.5″ – 3″ patties.
  • Refrigerate one hour to firm.
  • Bread patties in flour, egg wash and Panko bread crumbs.
  • Refrigerate one hour or wrap and freeze for later use.


  • In a skillet melt 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup oil.
  • Heat butter/oil mixture for 30 seconds or until hot.
  • Place croquettes in pan and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side.
  • Monitor heat, so croquettes don’t burn.
  • Croquettes should be golden brown and crisp.

To serve:

Serve with heated la Madeleine Wild Mushroom Sauce and/or Cranberry Orange Chutney.

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