Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Yield: about 12-16 cakes
These dainty tiny sponge cakes are called French Madeleines. A classic scallop-shaped mold that you can easily make at home.
1 tsp baking powder
150 grams (1 c.) plain flour (all-purpose flour)
150 grams (½ c. plus 3 tbsp) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of fine salt
butter and flour (or non-stick baking spray) to grease the Madeleine mold
150 grams (1 ⅓ stick) of unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
How to make French Madeleines
Step 1: Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat well for about 2 minutes until thick and pale yellow. If whisking by hand, this takes a little longer.
Step 2: Then, add the flour along with the salt and baking powder. Mix well until blended.
Step 3: Add the lemon zest followed by the melted butter. Combine until the batter is thick and smooth.
Step 4: Place the batter in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
Step 5: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 270 degrees C or 518 degrees F.
Step 6: Using butter, generously grease the Madeleine mold and sprinkle with flour. Or use a non-stick baking spray. To about ¾ full, fill each mold. You can use a piping bag filled with the batter or a spoon to do this.
Step 7: In the preheated oven, place the Madeleine pan. Quickly adjust the oven temperature to 210 degrees C or 410 degrees F. Bake for about 7 to 10 minutes until the cakes have risen and the top is lightly golden.
Step 8: Take the pan out of the oven when done and let the madeleines rest for a couple of minutes before taking them out of the molds. Transfer the cakes on a wire rack, ridge-side facing bowl.
Step 9: Serve the French Madeleine warm or cold. Enjoy!
You can swap the lemon zest with 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbsp honey and/or 1 tbsp orange blossom water. You can also use 1 c chocolate chips instead of lemon zest.
You can make the batter a couple of days in advance and simply keep it in the fridge.
Preferably, the madeleines are best to serve on the same day they are baked, while still warm.
Serving Size: 1Calories: 155 | Sugar: 10.5g | Sodium: 15mg | Fat: 8.6g | Carbohydrates: 17.8g | Fiber: 0.3g | Protein: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 55mg