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A classically trained pastry chef, Marla Molly Poiset decided to infuse cannabis into gourmet patisseries and chocolate after watching her daughter struggle with leukemia. As an accomplished professional with a background in interior design, Poiset is passionate about beautifying her surroundings and elevating sensual experiences. “Bringing something beautiful to someone suffering” motivated Poiset, who learned about the healing benefits of cannabis while attending a support group for relatives of cancer patients in 2011. Hearing a woman whose husband battled lung cancer describe how marijuana helped, Poiset thought, “Really, marijuana?,” but was determined to investigate for herself. After embarking on her own research and seeing the benefits to her daughter’s health, Poiset transformed into a dedicated activist. “Now, my daughter says, ‘Mom, not everything can be related to pot!’ ” Molly laughs, “and I don’t even smoke pot!”
As a self-described “total lightweight,” Poiset does not smoke, and says “even five milligrams will effect me” when eaten. As a professional woman in her late 50s, Poiset represents a demographic that’s enthusiastically embracing newly legal cannabis use, but need low-dose options appropriate for newbies, grandmas and cannabis-naive patients. Her approach to creating edibles is completely contrary to the model exhibited by most infused food makers — high-dose, cheaply made baked goods — and is designed for “those who would be turned off by the counterculture.” Poiset says, “preppy, straight-laced people who would never smoke pot, I can get them to stop and take notice with a beautiful chocolate truffle.”
After her daughter’s illness, Poiset embarked on a dream to live in Paris, and so she enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu, studying to be a pastry chef for six months. “I wanted to elevate the experience and do something much more technical than a Rice Krispie treat or a gummy bear.” However, Molly wasn’t prepared for the difficult and intimidating world of French pastry chefs, describing time-consuming preparation, specialized equipment, the need for strict obedience to recipes and exact measurements. Learning the classic way, it seems, requires dedication and attention to detail, traits not common amongst many stoner chefs. “French pastry versus American baking — it’s a completely difference experience,” Poiset exclaims, “when you make a French dessert, plan on spending five hours at it!” After mastering the art of patisserie, Poiset returned to Washington state and began infusing cannabis in to her creations, calling her new company Chefettes. Winning a second place Cannabis Cup in 2013 for her “Be the Light” Golden Frankincense Truffle, which contained only 10 mg of THC, was incredibly rewarding for Poiset. About her win, Molly says, “I’m very proud to be part of this sea change, and I want nothing less than to change the world!”
This year, Chefettes entered two different confections: a Margarita Truffle with 6 milligrams of THC and three mg of CBD for the US Cup Edible category, and a Ganesh Ganache absinthe and cannabis gelato-style frozen treat with 68 milligrams of THC and 38 mg of CBD. This recipe for Madeleines de Momo, is a simple pastry appropriate for home cooks, a nice little bite with rich flavors of fine cheese, butter and rosemary, perfect for a savory snack.
You can meet Marla Molly Poiset at “The Art of Edibles” panel at the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup on Saturday September 6 at Comcast Arena in Everett, WA.
Madeleines de Momo
Tools & Equipment
• French madeleine pan – 12 count
• Scale for precise weighing (you do have a scale, correct?)
• Steel baking sheet
• Pastry Brush
• Wire Whisk
• Fine Sieve
• Large Mixing Bowl
• Kitchen Towel
• 2 tbs unsalted butter (20 grams)
• 6 tbs cannabutter (60 grams)
• 1 extra-large egg
• 1/2 cup yellow corn flour (60 grams)
• 1/4 cup white rice flour (40 grams)
• 1 1/4 tsp baking powder (6 grams)
• 1/4 tsp sea salt (2 grams)
• 3/4 cup chilled whole milk (185 grams)
• 1 tbs fresh finely chopped rosemary (3 grams)
• 1/3 cup loosely packed grated gruyere cheese (10 grams)
• Pre-heat oven to 490ºF (255ºC)
• Place steel baking sheet in oven
• Prepare Madeleine pan by brushing with melted butter and dusting with rice flour
• Weigh and measure all ingredients
• Combine butters and melt
• Sift together flours, baking powder and salt
• Finely dice rosemary
Place melted butters in mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar. Add egg and whisk vigorously until pale in color and ribbon textured (important!). Add 1/2 cup of cold milk. Whisk well. Slowly add dry ingredients using a sieve. Whisk mixture vigorously until stiff and fluffy. Let stand one to two minutes. With spatula, fold in diced rosemary and grated cheese. Slowly add remaining milk while gently stirring. Gently spoon batter into each Madeleine mold creating an egg shape (35 mg of batter recommended per three-inch mold).
Now place Madeleine pan on hot baking sheet in preheated oven. Bake for seven minutes at 490ºF then reduce temperature to 400ºF (205ºC) and bake for 7 more minutes. Remove pan from oven and unfold immediately by quickly but gently turning pan upside down so that the Madelines fall a few inches above a clean kitchen towel. Allow Madeleines to cool or enjoy them warm with some fig jam confit!
My notes: When I re-created this recipe, my first batch got a bit overdone, so don’t be discouraged and always try again! I also used an electric mixer instead of whisking by hand.