Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TWD ~ Baking Chez Moi Lemon Madeleines

TWD~Baking Chez Moi Lemon Madeleines 
This week, for Tuesdays with Dorie~Baking Chez Moi, we are baking Lemon Madeleines! I am crazy about Madeleines! They always remind me of sitting in a pretty little Paris café, while enjoying a cup of coffee! The perfect little French cake! Perfect with my morning cup of tea, lovely as an afternoon snack, and ideal with a glass of wine in the evening!


Madeleines and I are not strangers! I’ve definitely baked my share! Many are posted on my blog. Here are two lovely examples, Chocolate Madeleines, and Dorie's Earl Grey! I’ve baked them for showers, weddings, and ladies luncheons! I own several Madeleine molds, but I’m in Florida without any of them! A little trip to the outlet mall was necessary, so that I could bake along today! I guess you can never have too many Madeleine molds! 

The lemony flavor is luscious, and the glaze makes them moist and wonderful
To make Dorie’s Lemon Madeleines, the batter is prepared and refrigerated for at least one hour. I made mine late in the afternoon and baked them the next day. When you’re ready to bake, grease and flour, or spray your molds with bakers spray (I love bakers spray…no need to flour). Fill the molds and refrigerate for at least one more hour, then bake by placing the molds on a heavy baking tray that was preheated in the oven first. It will help your Madeleines to rise in the middle, so that you get the characteristic hump.

These Madeleines were one of the best I’ve ever made. The texture was light and spongy! Rubbing the sugar with the lemon zest is a trick that Dorie has used before, and it works perfectly to bring out the lemon flavor, and was quite aromatic while baking. The recipe yielded me 18 Madeleines…although the book indicated it would make 12.

The most wonderful part of these Madeleines was the light sweet-tart glaze. It definitely enhanced the already wonderful flavor of these luscious Madeleines. Dorie’s technique of dipping the Madeleines in the glaze, and then putting them into a 500° preheated oven, for one to three minutes was brilliant!

I do think, I just baked the perfect Madeleine! Thank you Dorie!! Happy Tuesday everyone!

To see what the other BCM bakers thought of this recipe, check it out here. The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook, “Baking Chez Moi”. Dorie has shared this Madeleine recipe on NPR. You can find it here


Just out of the oven after being glazed
Perfect for an afternoon snack with a glass of wine
Loved these little light and spongey French cakes…perfect anytime! 

23 comments:

  1. Your madeleines looks lovely! I did not make the glaze, but enjoyed them with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Funny how everyone got a different amount of madeleines! I got 20, but nobody's complaining, more is even better!

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  2. Mmmm, I like the sound of Earl Grey madeleines...and good to hear madeleines pair well with wine ;-)

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  3. They look marvelous! The glaze gave them such a beautiful colour.

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  4. Your Madeleines turned out beautifully! This was my first time making these and I'm excited to try more variations. Your Earl grey ones sound delicious.
    ~cheers!

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  5. I have always wanted to make Madeleines, and now I'm on the hunt for a mold. A French woman once told me they don't taste right when they are made in the US because our butter is different, but if you use European butter, they come out perfect. Wonder if this is true?

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  6. You mean you didn't pack a madeleine pan in your suitcase, Kathy??? Yours look perfect!!!

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  7. Your Madeleines look great! I love them, too.

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  8. Gorgeous glazed madeleines Kathy! I love them too ;)

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  9. Beautiful Madeleines! I agree with you that these are some of the best madeleines I have ever made. I will definitely be making these again.

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  10. I love that you took a trip to the outlet mall :-)
    They came out beautifully.

    P.S. It reached the forties here today (FINALLY) - although I am still glad to be headed to Florida next week for a few days of sunshine and warmth!

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    1. We're going to be in Clearwater. Looking forward to the sun!

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  11. These are lovely. I am going to have to keep my eyes open for a Madeleine pan. I always thought I wouldn't use one enough, but between you and YummyChunklet, I am convinced I was wrong.

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  12. Lovely glazed madeleines. Now am wondering why I didn't take the extra step and glaze them.

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  13. Your madeleines look perfect! I agree that this is an excellent recipe - it certainly produced the best I've ever made.

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  14. Your madeleines look lovely. I agree with you, I loved the glaze.

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  15. Frustrating to have to buy another pan when you have them at home. I'm sure this one will not go to waste.
    Your madeleines look perfect, you should be proud.

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  16. You got the bumps! Go, you! And I agree -- you did get the perfect madeleines!

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  17. Your madeleines are beautiful! I'm going to try the Earl Grey madeleines next. I didn't do that bake a-long, but I do have the book. It is going to be hard to top the flavor of the lemon ones.

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  18. Beautiful looking madeleines! The glaze really is a nice touch.

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  19. They are such a beautiful sunny lemon yellow. I like that you had them with wine! :)

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  20. I am so glad the recipe is available, as I want to make these for company tonight! Yum!

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  21. So nice to hear and see from other bakers that have made these before. This was my first go around and I had no idea what to expect. I'm very tempted by the earl gray version-that sounds amazing!

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