Recipe For French Madeleines


If there is one thing I miss about France the most, its stopping by the local bakery in the morning.  The sites and smells are intoxicating, but I didn’t really appreciate them until I moved to the US.  You know the saying – you don’t know what you have until it’s gone…

These madeleines are my attempt at recreating those memories.  When made correctly, madeleines are delicate and fluffy with a gentle sweetness that doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the cookie.  As you can see from the pictures, my madeleines have a bump in the middle.  Most of the madeleines I’ve seen sold in the US are more tapered and flat, and as a result they are dense and unappealing.

I couldn’t name my site if I didn’t conduct some espionage from time to time.  I found out the secret for making light, airy madeleines with the characteristic bump through a contact of mine that is friends with one the most famous patissiers (bakers) in Paris.  I can’t say his name because I’ll blow the cover of my contact, but read on to learn his secrets.

1. Info for French Madeleines

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  • Servings: 36
  • Calories: unavailable

2. Ingredients for French Madeleines

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, + 1 Tbs
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, + 5 Tbs (total 300 g) + extra for greasing the pan
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs raw honey
  • 5 eggs
  • 9 g baking powder, (about less than 2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 drop lemon extract
  • 1 drop orange extract
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, coarsely chopped (optional)

3. Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 410°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with 1/3 of a cup of the superfine sugar for about 6-7 minutes. You’ll get a pale yellow foam and the texture of the egg yolk will be thicker. Add the brown sugar, raw honey, vanilla, lemon and orange extracts.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour (2 cups + 1 Tbs), salt and baking powder. Sift all the dry ingredients.
  4. Cream the butter (2 sticks + 5 Tbs) with the remaining 2/3 of a cup of superfine sugar (whisk using a standmixer to get as much air as possible in the butter). Add the egg mixture and the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Trick to get a characteristic bump: Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of madeleine dough into two 12-cup nonstick madeleine pans. Plastic wrap the tray and place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the platic wrap, then bake the madeleines for 5 minutes at 410°F, then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for another 5-6 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, Let it cool down for about 10 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with tea. MMmmm…

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