Madeleines are very popular over here in Switzerland. These small sponge cakes come from France and they are well-known for their distinctive funny shell-like shape. To get them to have the proper shape, you must use a madeleine tray, and luckily you can easily buy one online nowadays, if you can’t find one in your local shop. I have a silicone one, just like this one. You can also buy a metallic try like this one. If you don’t have a madeleine tray, no worries! You can bake the madeleines in a muffin tray and they’ll turn out just as nice 🙂
In our family, we all adore the wonderful smell of vanilla that wafts through the house when I make a batch of madeleines. They make lovely little treats to eat for snacks or to serve with a cup of tea when you have guests over. You can easily pack them in a lunch box too.
The madeleines freeze very well – just let them cool down completely before placing them in the freezer. I usually make a big batch and freeze some. Just take them out of the freezer when you need them, let them thaw for a few hours at room temperature and enjoy!
So… here is the recipe:
Makes 36 madeleines:
- 250 g butter
- 170 g brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 125 g rice flour
- 125 g buckwheat flour
- 50 g cornflour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- juice of one lemon
- Place the butter in a bowl and melt (in the microwave for one minute, or over a pan of boiling water).
- Add the sugar to the melted butter and mix well.
- Add the eggs and mix well again.
- Add the flours, lemon juice, vanilla sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt. Mix well, using a hand mixer if necessary (the batter must be smooth, without any lumps).
- Put a tablespoon of the batter into each of the little shell-shaped cavities of the madeleine tray.
- Bake in the oven at 200°C for 10 to 15 minutes. Take the madeleines out of the tray and let them cool down before savouring them with a nice cup of tea 🙂
Hope you love them as much as we do 🙂