Monday, 3 September 2012

Lemon and Brown Butter Madeleines

I must be highly suggestible. Within hours of dining on charcuterie, pork belly, boudin blanc, beef daube and steak frites at the superb Bistro Guillaume, my French cook books were all lying open on various flat surfaces around the house. Since our wonderful French dinner, I've rustled up a batch of Chocolate Mousse and made these delicate little tea-time cakes. I'm even considering changing one our hens names from Whitey to Fifi. Now all I need is an outrageous French accent to complete the scene.

Lemon and Brown Butter Madeleines
from Food
Makes 12

40g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
100g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
100g caster sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1 egg
30ml milk
icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease a 12-mould Madeleine tray with butter.

Sift the flour, baking powder and sugar together into a bowl. Beat the lemon zest, vanilla bean, egg and milk. Fold in the dry ingredients using a metal spoon.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over high heat. When nut brown, add to the mixture and whisk well.

Spoon the batter into a piping bag and pipe the mixture into Madeleine moulds and bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden.

Turn out of the moulds right away and let them cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Best eaten on the day they are made, with a cup of tea... Proustian-style.


  1. I love the way you write. It is just too nice :) Aww the French accent, I could teach you this hihi ;)

    Your madeleine seems just so good. It's been a long time since I cooked some.

  2. You never cease to amaze me. I love your photographs - the way you document the recipe in photos and how the ending photo is often the sitting down and getting to know the food up close and personal!

  3. P.S. Have you thought of opening up a bed and breakfast? Your desserts and meals would be perfect! If you do, [and I win a lottery] I would love to come and stay! LOL

  4. Thanks Gabrielle. I really do appreciate your comments, without them, I'm just a girl talking to herself. :)

    Oh by the way, I could certainly do with some help with my French accent, mine's atrocious, LOL.

  5. You 'get' me Patty and the little stories I tell with my photos.

    You might be on to something with the B&B idea, I live to feed people. LOL

  6. I found your photos on Flickr and I loved them. So I saw you blog address and came to visit.
    Congratulations for that :))

  7. Thanks so much L.G. Welcome, it's great that you came to visit.