Lemon Madeleine is a simple to make French small tea cakes which can be served with tea or coffee or as dessert. Here is how to make these.
Do you ever crave for a tea cake along with your evening beverage? Well, if we talk about me, I sometimes have this sudden cravings for soft and moist tea cakes, but this time I wanted to make something different but also something that gives the feel of tea cake. That’s when I thought to make these buttery LEMON MADELEINES.
These french delights have a beautiful and distinct scalloped shell shape. It also has a beautiful flavour from lemon zest and a coating of melted chocolate that makes these Madeleines irresistible. You will also need a special Madeleine pan to give them this unique shape.
While they look delicious, they need a constant watch too. If you are looking to make perfect Madeleines, just make sure that the ingredients are right and in perfect quantity and you also have to carefully monitor the Madeleines while they bake in the oven.
You can also try my other favourite Madeleine recipe Classic French Vanilla Madeleines.
So if you want to make something unique for tea parties, then give this Lemon Madeleines recipe a try. Learn how to make Lemon Madeleines, that can be a great gift for Christmas, New Years or other special occasions. Here is the recipe of Lemon Madeleines.
About the recipe
Soft and moist, Lemon Madeleine is a traditional french butter cake that is apt to serve for your tea parties or even as a dessert during your brunch. To prepare these french delights, you just need a few basic ingredients such as – sugar, all purpose flour, baking powder, lemon zest, orange zest, egg white, unsalted butter and lemon juice.
These soft madeleines are then dipped into melted chocolate and garnished with finely chopped pistachios. Yummy, right? It’s a heaven for people who love desserts. You can also use melted white chocolate instead of dark chocolate or give them a lavender glaze.
I will suggest you to invest in a good Madeleine pan to make this french butter cake, as it will give you that perfect shape and the iconic crisp edges. But you can still make them in a mini muffin pan, but the texture will be a little different.
Why do Madeleines have a hump?
The hump in the madeleines is the signature characteristic of well-baked madeleines. As the batter is chilled before baking them, the temperature difference between the oven and the batter creates a burst of steam that creates the hump.
How to store Madeleines?
Madeleines are best when eaten fresh, as these soft and moist cake tend to get dry very fast. But if you need to store the leftovers, store them in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. Bring them to room temperature, when you want to eat them again.
Lemon and Vanilla Madeleines Recipe
Lemon and Vanilla madeleines
- 1 cup Granulated sugar
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 tablespoon Lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon Orange zest
- 4 Egg white
- 100 g Unsalted butter (Melted and cooled)
For the dipping chocolate
- 50 g Dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoon Pistachios (Finely chopped)
- Pre heat the oven to 170 degree C.
- Lightly grease a Madeleine tray.
- Mix Granulated sugar, all purpose flour, baking powder, lemon zest and orange zest in a bowl.
- Whisk the egg whites slightly and add them in the dry mixture and mix till combined.
- Add the melted and cooled butter in the mixture and mix well to combine.
- Fill the Madeleine moulds with batter till ¾ full.
- Keep the tray in the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes till a tooth pick comes out clean.
- Madeleines tend to cook very soon, so do keep an eye on them while they are baking.
- To coat them in chocolate, melt some good quality chocolate in a bowl.
- Dip a small portion of madeleine in the chocolate.
- Sprinkle some chopped pistachios over the chocolate.