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madeleines recipe



Madeleines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape, from being baked in pans with shell-shaped depressions. They really are delightful!

  • Makes : 15 |
  • Difficulty:

  • Prep Time : 10 mins |
  • Cook Time : 15 mins
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130 g butter, melted and cooled

2 eggs

160 g castor sugar

1 vanilla pod, split and seeds removed

1 tsp (5 ml) lemon rind

a pinch salt

140 g cake flour

icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180 °C and generously butter and flour the Madeleine pans.

Melt the butter and set it aside to cool. Using an electric beater, beat the eggs and castor sugar in a large bowl until just blended. Add the vanilla seeds, lemon rind, salt and flour and beat to combine. While beating, add the cooled melted butter in a steady stream and beat until just blended.

Spoon 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of the batter into each indentation in the pan. Bake for 12–15 minutes until the cakes are puffed and golden brown.

Cool for 5 minutes and then gently remove the cakes from the pans. Dust with icing sugar and serve.