You have found the Madeleines Original recipe. They are small cake alike cookies that are baked in special molds. Their form reminds us 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.
Where are Madeleines originated?
There are different stories about the 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 madeleine 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.
Ingredients Madeleines Original Recipe
(makes 24 Madeleines)
125 g butter, melted
100 g sugar
1 tbsp honey
100 g flour
4 tbsp almonds ground
1 tsp baking powder
1 dash salt
some lemon zest
1-2 tbsp orange flower or lemon flavor
Baking Instructions Madeleines Original Recipe
- Beat in a bowl eggs, zest, honey and sugar until you get a light yellow cream.
- Mix flour with almonds and baking powder, add to the cream with melted butter and flavors.
- Beat well.
- Place for 15 min in the fridge before baking.
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C or 350 F.
- Stir dough one more before filling the madeleine forms 2/3rd.
- Bake for 12-15 min until madeleines are showing a golden-light brown color.