I am bad, as I have been splurging on new toys. On of those toys were madeleine molds and have wondered how to make them. To put it quite simply they resembled miniature cakes. Lazy me, I did not want to make another 8 inch cake this weekend because I am tired and did I say lazy already hehe….thus decided to try my hands at making Laduree’s Madeleines. I had the madeleine mold already bought several weeks back and made them today. Prior to making them, I looked a various recipes over the net to see options in flavorings and it seemed as though they were just as versatile as cupcakes or macarons.
I first made the batter according to Laduree’s recipe but altered it by adding meyer lemon peels and to add a punch to the flavour I decided to add fresh raspberries. Once the batter was done, I left the batter overnight. This morning, I went about spooning the batter onto the molds. A tip suggested by Laduree, butter and flour the molds first for easier removal. I then baked the little cakes at 390F for approx 10 mins each and they looked spectacular once ready. True to its words, the batter did take on the ridging of the molds and I was pleased with the results.
They were quite pillowy and light. Another tip, was when you combine the sugar, lemon zest and eggs beat the mixture until it is light at frothy. In this process air is incorporated. Once the batter of sugar, zest and egg was light and foamy, add the honey and only then gently fold in the sifted flour and baking powder. Lastly add the melted butter.
2 lemons unwaxed and zested ( I used meyer lemons)
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp or 160 g. sugar
1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp or 175 g cake flour
2 tsp or 10 g baking powder
12 1/2 tbsp or 180 g butter
1 2/3 tsp or 35 g honey (I used acacia honey can be found at specialty stores)
Result: The results were good and light. An option would be that you could dust a bit of icing sugar to create contrast but plain was good as well. Best eaten warm. If not eaten on the same day, the madeleines could be stored in an air tight container. But as with anything, best when fresh.