Book Shaped Dinner Plates: Bring Easy Magic To The Table!

By La Cuisinière | Kitchen Musings

Apr 14

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Book shaped dinner plates –  Eating on book shaped dinner plates is the perfect way to bring your books to life especially those classic titles that contain memorable recipes!

The idea came to my mind last night when I reached for a book that contains a description for one of most memorable treats from days gone by – the delicate madeleine.

Swing by the family bake shop for more sweet treats!

Serve Themed Dinners On Book Shaped Dinner Plates

Three years ago, summer camp at Grandma’s house was all about themes.   We discussed this, that and eventually came around to their summer reading list,.  It included Harry Potter books.  Grandma was one step ahead of the game that summer having purchased a copy of the unofficial Harry Potter cookbook .

The boys selected dozens of recipes from the Harry Potter® cook book.  “Grandma, could you make the sausage roll or maybe Bangers ‘N Mash for dinner tonight?”

Imagine elevating that experience by serving the meal on open book shaped dinnerware that is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe!

 CAC China GBK-8 8-1/2-Inch Goldbook Porcelain Square Plate, White, Box of 24

The Harry Potter® cookbook is ideal for meals during the Halloween season as it contained dozens of scrumptious recipes.  But, there are dozens of equally yummy recipes waiting to be discovered in the pages of your favorite books.

  • How many recipes can you name from the pages of your favorite books?
  • What’s the formula for a memorable book club meeting?  Yes!

There are many disposable shaped paper plates available for themed parties.  You will even find fish shaped porcelain dishes,  and fan shaped glass platters.  How unusual would it be to serve an entire meal on plates and platters in the shape of a book?

book shaped dinner plates

Perfect Recipes From Famous Books

I love to spend time with a good book, great friends, glass of wine, maybe Gatsby’s champagne cocktail and gourmet cheeses served on book shaped plates.

I would also vote for a platter full of delicate madeleines for dessert but I know the boys would opt for a chilled mug of butterbeer and a plate of sausage rolls!  A meal of Bangers and Mash would be perfect too.

 Madeleine de Swann (a la Recherche du Temps Perdu) et la Recette de Madeleine de Tante (la)

Prepare your favorite recipes from literature and serve them on book shaped dinner plates for the ultimate theme party.

book shaped dinner plates

One of my bookworms digging into his my Bangers and Mash!

For this recipe, you will need a madeleine mold (either the traditional shape or the scalloped shaped pan); a stainless steel bowl, a whisk and a fine lemon zester.

Recette Madeleines

  • Sucre en poudre – 150 gr.
  • Beurre fondu – 150 gr.
  • 150 gr. de farine
  • 3 oeufs
  • Zeste d’un demi citron

Préparation: 15 minutes

Cuisson: 15 minutes

  1. Dans un saladier, mettre le sucre, le zeste de citron râpé, les oeufs entiers.
  2. Battez bien le sucre, le zeste et les oeufs.
  3. Ajoutez le beurre fondu puis la farine.
  4. Quand la pâte est homogène, remplir aux trois quarts les moules à madeleine légerement beurrés.
  5. Cuisez à four chaud.

madeleine-cookies - book shaped dinner plates © Can Stock Photo / FomaA

Madeleines Recipe

  • Granulated sugar – 5.25 oz
  • Butter, melted and cooled – 5.25 oz
  • 5.25 oz. flour
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from half a large lemon

Prep Ttme: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

  1. To a large bowl, add the granuated sugar, the lemon zest and the whole eggs.
  2. Beat the eggs mixture well.
  3. Add the melted butter then the flour.
  4. Blend well until the mixture is smooth, then fill lightly buttered madeleine molds 3/4 full.
  5. Cook in a hot oven (400 degrees) for 10 to 15 minutes.  When cooked, flip the madeleines onto a rack and sprinkle with powedered sugar.

Note: Most English versions of Madeleine recipes call for vanilla flavoring but lemon zest is the traditional flavoring.


Have your own version of Madeleines?  We hope you will share the recipe.

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