Citrus Madeleines


24 madeleines

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Total Time:

35 minutes



About this Recipe

Madeleines are a lovely shell-shaped sponge cake. A properly made madeleine has a little bump in the centre of it, called “la bosse” and there are a few easy techniques to achieve this.
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  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (180 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely grated orange or lemon zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (150 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup (115 g) unsalted butter, melted (still warm)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) milk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Whip the eggs with the sugar, citrus zest and vanilla with electric beaters or in a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment on high speed until the eggs are thick and pale and hold a ribbon when the beaters are lifted, about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Sift the flour and baking powder together and add this to the eggs while beating on medium-low speed, mixing until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk the butter, milk and oil together. Spoon about a cup of the batter into the butter and whisk it in. Add this all back to the base batter and fold until blended. Cover and chill the batter for 2 hours, to set the butter.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Lightly grease and flour 2 madeleine pans, tapping out any excess flour.

Step 4

Stir the chilled madeleine batter gently to deflate it slightly (this is key to help getting the little bump that a well-made madeleine has) and with an ice cream scoop or a piping bag fitted with a plain tip, fill the madeleine molds (they will fill ¾ full). Bake the madeleines for 10 minutes, then bang the pans down (again, for the bump) before returning to the oven for another 5-7 minutes, until the madeleines are golden brown at the edges. Remove the madeleines from the pan immediately and enjoy warm or at room temperature.