How to Make French Madeleines 🇫🇷

I got the inspiration to make these fluffy little balls of joy when I was feeling some wanderlust myself. It was one of the earlier weeks of lockdown and I couldn’t stop thinking about strolling down the streets of Paris, stopping into a bakery and grabbing something sweet. Not long after, I was scrolling through the London Coffee Shops Instagram page making some plans for when it’s safe to travel again, and I saw they had posted some Madelines. Their page got the recipe from Provence, France’s Mirabeau Wine and I converted it from the EU measurements (grams, Celsius, etc.) to US measurements and gave it a try myself.

When it comes to a pan, definitely don’t skimp, and look for one with pronounced ridges to ensure you get that characteristic shape of the pastries. I had a Madeleine pan in my house that’s been in my family for a loooong time, but I ordered these pans on Amazon to do a little experiment and they were okay, but I wouldn’t recommend them. They tasted great and all, but I was very disappointed in the shape of the pastries.

And the difference in how the two batches of pastries came out is pretty significant, too.

the unpowdered Madeleines were made with the cheap pan, and the powdered ones with more pronounced ridges were made with the quality pan.

Here’s the process!


🕑Prep Time: Requires Chilling Overnight
🍽Bake Time: 8-10 mins
▪️9 tbsp butter – melted and chilled
▪️1 1/4 c flour
▪️1/2 c sugar
▪️1 tbsp honey
▪️3 eggs
▪️1 1/4 tsp baking powder
▪️1 tsp vanilla extract
▪️pinch sea salt
1. Melt butter and set in freezer while you collect all your ingredients
2. Whisk together eggs, sugar honey, salt and vanilla extract until homogenous
3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour and baking powder
4. Sift flour and baking soda mix into other mixture
5. Mix gently until homogenous
6. Add chilled melted butter and stir gently
7. Let sit overnight *don’t skip this step I know you want to!*
8. Preheat oven to 425°F
9. Grease Madeline Pan (tried with butter and flour and with cooking oil spray, either works just fine, the cooking oil spray was way easier)
10. Scoop about a tablespoon of batter into each mould
11. Turn oven down to 400°F and put Madelines in oven for 4 minutes
12. Turn oven down to 350°F and make for another 4-5 minutes and or until golden
13. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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