25 April 2016

lemon raspberry madeleines


Introducing you to my latest baking obsession: madeleines. Classic recipes for these delightful French sponge cakes usually include a little bit of lemon zest and for this more lemony variation I used the zest of a whole lemon in addition to a handful of raspberries as I think those flavors really compliment each other. Aside from the extras, this is a pretty simple batter. All you really need is a madeleine pan to get that characteristic shell shape and you're ready to get baking!


Preparing the batter:
1. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and foamy.
2. Add the flour, vanilla sugar and baking powder and mix until smooth.
3. Melt the butter and add it to the mixture.
4. Add a tablespoon of honey and the zest of one lemon.
5. Cut up the raspberries and add them to the mixture.
6. Leave the batter in the fridge for about 30 minutes.


Baking the madeleines:
1. While the batter is refrigerating, butter and flour your madeleine pan.
2. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
3. Fill each well in the pan with one tablespoon of batter.
4. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and a little puffed up in the middle.
5. Allow the madeleines to cool on a wire rack and dust them with powdered sugar.
6. You'll get 24 madeleines from this recipe so you can either bake one batch and then refill the pan (don't forget to rebutter it as well!) or you can bake them all together if you have two pans.


Once baked (and cooled!), these darlings will last for about a week in an airtight container. So you can easily bake your madeleines ahead to enjoy them at a spring picnic or simply at teatime!

Have you made madeleines before?
Do share your experiences or tips below!

2 comments:

  1. I saw some madelines in a recipe book once and really wanted to bake them! I think the pan put me off though, as what else do you need a shell shaped baking pan for ahah! These look absolutely delicious though - I love anything with raspberries in! I may just have to give them a go one day, especially while I'm on my little baking obsession right now haha!
    xo April | April Everyday

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    1. Haha me too! I doubted a while before buying the pan as well but I thought it would be fun to bake something different every once in a while & there are endless variations to try! Plus they're small so I can easily take some with me to college ^-^ ❤

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