Here it is: Madeleines Original recipe. Madeleines are small cake alike cookies that are baked in special molds. Their form reminds of sea shells. They are often served hot at the popular French markets with a coffee in the morning, or at the 4pm goûter, the French equivalent of the British afternoon tea. Or you find them at Starbucks, and they are quite expensive.
Where are Madeleines originated?
There are different stories about these little cookies. One states that the name “Madeleine” originates from the French king Louis XV and are honoring his father in-law’s cook named “Madeleine Paulmier”. Louis first tasted them at the Chateau Commercy in Lorraine in 1755.
Another story says that the Madeleines were first baked by a pastry chef names Jean Avice, in the 19th century. The town of Commercy in Lorraine is quite associated with the madeleines (there are lots of manufacturers based there) and per a legend it first appeared in that city in the 1700s: A young girl called Madeleine stood in as pastry chef to the Duke of Lorraine, Stanislas Leszczyński, and the only thing she knew how to make was her grandmother’s recipe. Because everyone loved the Madeleines the ‘madeleine’ was born.
Now let’s go – Happy Baking!
(makes 20-24 Madeleines)
1 stick butter (ca 120 g)
40ml whole milk
1 tablespoon honey
85g fine sugar
135g flour, all purpose
1 tsp baking powder
Finely grated zest of 2/3 lemon
1 dash of salt