The packaging for the pan had a recipe on the back for the little cakes, but I was skeptical. Who tested it? I found a few recipes on the Food Network site, and was tempted to choose the easiest one. But felt for my first time (and Valentine's Day), I should make them right. So Julia Child it is. I used the recipe as it was posted from the blog hungry sofia.
I liked not having to use a mixer (too many pieces to wash). A wooden spoon will do. And it's good exercise. There are a few more steps than just tossing everything into a bowl and stirring, but it wouldn't be French if it was haphazard like that. Browning the butter and adding lemon zest are two things I think are necessary to make them extra special. They baked with their signature little "hump" on top, and the edges browned nicely. Not bad, for my first try.