These little Madeleines are just what you need for a quick tea-time treat for the family. Great for the kids to help you make - and big kids love them too! Made famous by Marcel Proust they are a little French classic.


This recipe makes about 12 cakes.


• 1 1/4 (6oz, 170g)cups of flour

• 2 eggs

• 1/4 cup (20g) confectioners sugar

• Grated zest of 1 lemon

• 1 tablespoon of orange or lemon juice

• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

• 1 teaspoon baking powder


• Pre-heat your oven to 350F

• Grease a 12 cup madeleine pan with a little butter

• Sift the flour and baking together and leave aside.

• In a large bowl, beat the eggs and confectioners sugar together using a mixer if you have one. Do this for about 5 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy.

• Fold the lemon zest and the juice into the mixture.

• Gradually fold in about a quarter of the flour and a quarter of the melted butter.

• Then fold in another quarter of the flour and then another quarter of the melted butter.

• Continue folding in the flour and melted butter in quarters until it has all been mixed in.

• Leave the mixture to stand for about 10 minutes.

• Using a tablespoon, gently spoon the mixture into the madeleine tin.

• Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 12 minutes until a needle inserted in the centre comes out clean.

• Turn your cakes out onto a wire rack to cool.

• Dust with confectioners sugar.

Your madeleines are now ready to eat!

They are best eaten on the same day but that's not usually a problem!

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