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Sugar question

Backstory: There's a type of cupcake type thing here in Europe called a Madeleine or Magdalena. It's what they say inspired Proust to write A La Recherce du Temps Perdu. Kind of lemony flavoured.
I feel quite certain I could make my own, but the really good ones are covered in a special kind of sugar. It's regular sugar, only the crystals are much bigger and square-shaped. Kind of like coarse sea-salt (only sugar, of course). It's kind of shaken all over the tops and it makes them kind of crunchy-sweet while still retaining the square shape of the crystals.
Does this have a special name among people who bake a lot? What should I look for? Or is it only something  that professionals have access to?

(Don't laugh; it is nearly effing impossible to get cream of tartar here unless you are a vinegrower, a pharmacist or a professional baker. They don't sell it in shops and it comes in 2 or 5 kilo bags only.)

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coarse sugar? like this:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/white-coarse-bright-sugar-4-oz

(As Charley Brown): THAT'S IT!! (FB tumbles head-over heels from the sound waves).

I wonder if they sell it here in the shops or not. Maybe in our fancy-schmanzy upmarket supermarket where all the preppies go.

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Ah ... Madeleines! The French shell-shaped tea cake immortalized by Proust.

I bought a Madeleine pan but can't seem to find a good vegan Madeleine recipe. Please share if you find a vegan Madeleine recipe. The coarse sugar is not hard to find here in the states.

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Raw sugar would probably work also, but it's not pure white, it's pale brown.

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Ah ... Madeleines! The French shell-shaped tea cake immortalized by Proust.

I bought a Madeleine pan but can't seem to find a good vegan Madeleine recipe. Please share if you find a vegan Madeleine recipe. The coarse sugar is not hard to find here in the states.

I recently got Vegan Desserts, which has a madeleine recipe that looks reasonable. I'll let you know if it's good!

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Ah ... Madeleines! The French shell-shaped tea cake immortalized by Proust.

I bought a Madeleine pan but can't seem to find a good vegan Madeleine recipe. Please share if you find a vegan Madeleine recipe. The coarse sugar is not hard to find here in the states.

I recently got Vegan Desserts, which has a madeleine recipe that looks reasonable. I'll let you know if it's good!

Please do, and thank you!

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