French Madeleines

Hello!

     I don’t know if any of you experience this, but baking has such a strong connection to my mood. There were numerous occasions when I baked out of stress, sadness, or happiness. This evening I received some pleasant news, which boosted my desire to make something sweet to celebrate 😀 Seeing how my butter was frozen, I opted for this super easy madeleine recipe as it requires melted butter.

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder**
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup (120 gr.) melted butter
  • powdered sugar for decoration

*the original recipe is for 12 servings, I doubled the ingredients
**I substituted vanilla extract with powder

    The recipe in itself is very simple as you essentially have to make ”butter cakes”, but you will need the special madeleine molds. If you don’t have them, then you can use some silicone muffin or cupcake ones. I only had one form for 9, so I had to bake in three sessions, with a total of 24 madeleines.

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     First melt your butter and allow it to cool while you prepare the batter. Beat your eggs on high speed in a mixing bowl with the vanilla and salt until you have a light mixture. Slowly add the sugar, continuously mixing, and continue for 5-10 minutes still on high speed until the mixture is thick. Sift the flour bit by bit and then add the lemon zest. Lastly, pour the butter into a corner of the batter and fold it with a spatula. In the end you’ll have a fluffy, pale batter. You’ll have to bake for approximately 14-15 minutes at 190°C/375°F. By the way, don’t keep the batter out if you’ll have to divide into several molds, keep it in the fridge or else it will become too warm.

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    Once ready, carefully remove from the molds and serve with powdered sugar on top. They’re such light and sweet treats, you won’t even realize and suddenly all of them will be gone 😀 I only wish I had more molds so that I could bake more in one go, as even this doubled recipe is hardly enough for a family of 5, haha. Let me know if you try these cute madeleines, they’re worth it.

Until next time!

– Zi

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