Madelines are these soft, pillowy and buttery little french cakes. They are best eaten the same day which is not a problem when the kids are home. The lemon peel adds so much flavour. They get a little dry after 2 days. But dunk it in tea and take a bite and they taste so good.
You need a special pan for this. I had one pan and bought two more. It is worth getting the pan as it is great to make if you are inviting people for tea or coffee.
They are so easy to make and looks really fancy!
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon peel
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Melt butter in a pan and cool slightly
- Mix flour, salt, baking powder and lemon peel
- Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer for about 3-4 minutes till the mixture is thick and pale in colour
- Add the butter, vanilla extract and mix
- Add flour mixture and mix by hand. Do not overmix
- Cover and refrigerate for atleast 4 hours or upto 2 days.
- Heat oven to 375ºF (190ºC)
- Generously butter the pans and dust with flour
- Place one tablespoon of batter in the middle (do not spread) of the pan
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes
- Tap the pan and remove the madelines
- Dust with powdered sugar. I use a tea strainer to dust the madeleines with sugar
- Serve warm