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The first Madeleine recipe I posted was provided by the Williams Sonoma store (a version of their online recipe) and I had declared that I would also try out David Lebovtiz’s version…and try them I did. They were a revelation. I now realise that my first Maddies were waaay too brown (may be due to the brown sugar caramelizing in the baking pan? Not sure).

This second attempt produced flavourful, lightly browned versions. I am so proud of me! I made a few minor changes and next time I’ll add a few more but these were simply great.

Lemon-Glazed Madeleines ~ Adapted from David Lebovitz’s recipe

24 cookies

If you use baking powder, they may take another minute or so to bake since the batter will rise higher. They’re done when the cakes feel just set if you poke them with your finger. Avoid overbaking them, look for light browning on the edges at pan level. I baked these in the middle of my oven. FYI Lemon glaze can be omitted.

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 tsp clear Vanilla Essence/Extract (optional)

2/3 cup granulated sugar/superfine sugar

rounded 1/8 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

zest of one lemon

1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice (optional)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1 cup (150g) powdered sugar

1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons water

Next Steps

1. Brush the indentations of a madeleine mold with melted butter. Dust with flour, tap off any excess, and place in the freezer.

2. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, whip the eggs and sugar for 5-8 minutes until frothy and thickened. Stir in Vanilla Essence/Extract (optional).

3. Sift the flour, baking powder (optional) and salt and use a spatula to fold in the flour mix into the batter. (Rest the bowl on a damp towel to help steady it for you.)

4. Add the lemon zest and juice to the cooled butter. Fold butter mixture into the batter, in approx. 4-5 portions. Fold just until all the butter is incorporated.

5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (I left mine for 6 hours but this is not necessary).

6. To bake the madeleines, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

7. The batter will be relatively firm. Get a teaspoon and a cup of water, wet teaspoon before each scoop (makes it easier to slip the batter off the spoon). Place enough batter in the center of each indentation to fill it to 3/4. DO NOT SPREAD IT.

8. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the cakes just feel set. While the cakes are baking, make a glaze in a small mixing bowl by stirring together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and water until smooth.

9. Remove from the oven and place the madeleines on a cooling rack (you can use a fork to gently loosen them). The moment they’re cool enough to handle, dip the scalloped cake top in the glaze or you can also turn them over to make sure both sides are coated and shake off any excess. After dipping, rest each one back on the cooling rack, scalloped side up, until the cakes are cool and the glaze has firmed up. Bon appetite!

Storage: Glazed madeleines are best left uncovered, or not tightly-wrapped; they’re best eaten the day they’re made. They can be kept in a container for up to three days after baking, if necessary. Freezing is not recommended since the glaze will melt.


I picked up my Madeleine pan today at Williams Sonoma. The assistant offered me a recipe and although I already had one I took it anyway as my research has shown that there seems to be a zillion paths to the perfect Madeleine. The recipe was quick and easy i.e. no resting of the dough etc. So, I used it as a basis but threw in some adaptations along the way.


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 egg

1/3 cup brown sugar (instead of granulated)

Grated zest of 1/2 a lemon

5 Tbs. softened unsalted butter

Lemon Glaze

(An add-on adapted from David Lebovitz’s recipe, which will be attempted in its entirety at a future date)

3/4 cup (150g) powdered sugar

1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons water


Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 375°F. Generously butter the molds of a 12-place Madeleine pan and dust with flour, tap off any excess, and place in the fridge or freezer (10-15 mins).

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl.

Combine the egg, lemon zest and brown sugar and beat lightly. Stir flour mix into the egg mixture until well combined.

Add reserved butter and beat just until it is all incorporated thoroughly. Don’t overmix. Place in the fridge for approx. 10 mins.

Spoon the batter into the prepared molds, filling each one about 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Bake until the Madeleines are light brown around the edges and on the bottom, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately remove the Madeleines from the pan to a wire rack.

The moment they’re cool enough to handle, dip each cake in the glaze, turning them over to make sure both sides are coated. After dipping, rest each one back on the cooking rack, scalloped side up, until the cakes are cool and the glaze has firmed up.

Recipe notes that it makes 12 Madeleines, however I only got 10 taystay cakes! Oh well.

This is my first food blog and I am strangely nervous. I have read, followed, and secretly admired many but never thought of having my own until I was encouraged and cajoled by a fellow blogger pal – The Accidental Natural. So here goes.

Although aptly named I have never made neither a Madeleine nor a Macaron. I have yet to even taste a Madeleine but imagine that it would be devine and I am determined to experience the real thing. But until then both I and this online test kitchen will rely on David Lebovitz, and others, for a guided taste tour.

However, I did have the pleasure of tasting vanilla, caramel, and pistachio Macarons at Paillard Café in Quebec City…and I am in love. So, the first and second recipes that I will tackle will be for both of these dainty treats. I have already sourced a regular non-non stick Madeleine pan (Williams Sonoma) which I am picking up tomorrow plan to pick up asap. I will be back with some photos. Wish me luck!