Saturday, 19 February 2011


I feel like I have been neglecting my girl friends lately. I have been baking lots of treats for my guy, but sadly not for them. Yesterday I decided to fix that by making them some Madeleines. I thought Madeleines were the perfect choice as they are dainty and lady-like and beautiful. I have made them before using this recipe from Epicurious. This time I made a few adjustments and they turned out wonderfully. They were very light and tasty. Apparently, Madeleines are meant to have a characteristic hump on one side...only a couple of mine got that but they all tasted divine!

Makes about 20

2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/4tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup of cake flour
10 Tbsp (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly, plus extra melted butter for greasing
1-1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Powdered sugar


Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in a large bowl. Beat for 10min until white and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and salt.

Add flour and beat until blended. Gradually add melted butter in a steady stream, beating until blended.

Refrigerate batter for 30mins. Preheat oven to 375*F. Generously gread a madeleine pan with melted butter and then flour the pan. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Spoon a scant tablespoon of batter into each indentation in the pan. Do not overfill the indentations. Bake unti lpuffed and brown, about 8-10min. Cool for 5min before turning out of pan. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead but they really are best still lukewarm from the oven).

Dust Madeleines with powdered sugar


LilaVanilla said...

I often think about madelines but am put off by the special tin, my cupboards are full of tins I only use once in a while! Yours look lovely though, well worth another tin!!

pulpixies said...

That was my intial reluctance too. But I have made these a few times,and they are so yummy that the tin has earned its keep :-)

Lizzie said...

Dainty and lady like...hmmmm. I'm not sure we did them justice stuffing them in our faces as we swayed through shoreditch! Absolutely gorgeous though. Thank you honey. xx

pulpixies said...

Hm....although I implied in my post that you 3 are dainty and lady-like, I chose my words very carefully and only really caimed that the Madeleines were dainty....besides, who wants dainty and lady-like friends?!?!