It is impossible not to think of Marcel Proust’s Madeleine scene in his novel ‘In search of lost time’. How a delightful little cake can trigger such vivid childhood memories…
Madeleines are one of France’s most popular tea-time cakes, for all ages, ideal for dipping in a glass of milk or a cup of tea. Shaped like a shell, this little gem of a cake is always a special treat. There are various versions of this famous recipe, but for me, it has to have orange blossom, that is what I love most about madeleines. The smell is pure comfort and joy, reminding me of my children’s scent. Orange blossom is renowned for its purity and calming effects, especially mixed with honey. (That is why I added honey to the recipe).
No wonder Mr. Proust’s mind wandered off… it must have been the orange blossom!
150 grs plain flour
125 grs butter or margarine (melted)
130 grs sugar
20 grs honey
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp orange blossom water
Madeleine cake molds (I have silicone ones)
With an electric whisk, cream the sugar, honey, salt and eggs together and fluffy. Sift flour and baking flour together, then gradually fold in the egg mixture and mix gently. Add the melted butter and lemon zest, stir lightly, and leave to rest 2 hours or overnight in the fridge. It is very important for the batter to be cold before baking – the thermal ‘shock’ is necessary for a good ‘bumpy’ round madeleines.
Pre-heat your oven 180 degrees celsius.
Butter and sprinkle your molds with flour. Add one good teaspoon of cold batter into the molds. Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how big your molds are. When ready, use a round-edged knife to delicately lift each madeleines.
I love your blog – just found!!! So cute.
Your blog is so pretty, but also amazing Madelines are on my to do list. Also the pork from below looks really interesting. Thanks for brightening up my rainy afternoon!
Bonjour from Médoc! I am having a Madeleine for breakfast right now – they are so delicious and pretty to make!Thank you for visiting my blog – enjoy your day!
Bonjour Mimi! Just discovered your beautiful blog… and today’s post is so timely as a friend requested a recipe for madeleines! Serendipity 🙂 I’ll be visiting often… Catherine
Hello Catherine! Thank you for visiting! I hope you will like these madeleines! The honey and ornage blossom combination is really delicious! Have a nice day mfxx
I had to check out your blog after I saw your Garden Cake on A Cup of Jo. I’m a big fan of Madeleines and buy them whenever I see them, but I have promised this year to make my own. I wanted to ask, for baking recipes, which do you prefer to work with, silicone moulds or non-stick pans? Thank you.
Hello Luna! Greetings from Médoc! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! For madeleines, I have a preference for silicone (even though it’s silicone, I still butter the molds and sprinkle lightly with flour). Have a good baking day!
Perhaps I should double up the quantities on your cake recipes as my family simply can’t get enough! Although I’ve made madeleines many times, the orange blossom definitely adds an unexpected touch. Almost sure they’ll be finished off at breakfast, Mmmm…..
Hi Elizabeth! Oh you are so sweet – I always enjoy reading your comments! I am so happy you enjoyed the madeleines! Have a beautiful day! Mimi
Merci Mimi pour toutes ces recettes si joliement photographiees et en plus tellement delicieuses. Bretonne vivant au Canada depuis plusieurs annees.. ca sent bon la France de suivre votre blog! Merci!!! 😉
Meric Fabienne! Rien de mieux que de préparer de bons petits plats et gâteaux de la douce France! Un grand bonjour du Médoc! Mimi