Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I love eating madeleines, but have never made them. Hope they aren't too difficult, as they will be nice little treats to bag up for friends on Valentine's Day.

1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbs) butter, melted and cooled, plus additional for brushing molds
1 1/4 cups sifted flour (sift before measuring)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
Optional: Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Pre-heat oven to 350*. Brush molds with melted butter.

Sift together flower, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.

Beat eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high until light and foamy, about 30 seconds with a stand mixer. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating at high speed, then continue to beat until mixture is tripled in volume, about 3 minutes with stand mixer.

Sift flour mixture over eggs in 3-5 batches, folding in each batch until just combined. Fold in zest and remaining 12 Tbs melted butter.

Spoon a rounded tablespoon of batter into each mold, filling it about 2/3 full. Bake (with 2 pans), switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden around edges and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 10-12 minutes total.

Invert madeleines onto a rack and dust scalloped sides with confectioner's sugar.

Note: Batter is best baked as soon as it is made, but if you don't have multiple pans, you can bake in batches.


Blogger Jer said...

Great pick for our next assignment. I love madeleines as well and always buy them at Starbucks. I have always wanted to try making them at home.

14 January, 2009 23:08  
Blogger Elaine said...

Looking forward to dusting off my madeleine pan once my oven gets fixed. I didn't realize how much I use my oven until now. Mmmmmm....madeleines!

20 January, 2009 13:36  
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