Delicious French madeleines !! This recipe guarantees a perfect shaped madeleine, fluffy and authentic French !
About this recipe
Madame d'Aubery became the specialist of cookies and madeleines, after so many years baking them for family, friends, neighbours and probably the whole Gambetta area in Lyon, France.
As her favorite neighbour, I would be the first to get to taste her freshly baked madeleines, and I can't help but thinking of her whenever I bake them...
This recipe will give you vanilla madeleines, light, fluffy and very tasty !
Origin of the recipe
Source of the recipe
The recipe is on page 134
Modifications to the original recipe
Take the Butter out of the fridge and let it warm at room temperature, 30 minutes to one hour
Left: Here's how the Butter should look like
Do not melt your butter ! It would become too hot !
Make sure the butter is not hot ! A butter too hot would activate the baking powder before baking : the madeleines would be flat and would not look as beautiful !
1. Whisk the the Eggs (3), the Sugar (½ Cup or 130 g), the Vanilla Sugar (1 teaspoon or 8 g), the Honey (1 teaspoon), the Salt (1 pinch) and the Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon).
2. Whisk until doubled in size
3. My advice to get better results : your Eggs should be at room temperature, the Sugar must be white, not brown, the best Honey for this recipe is a thick "raw" honey. If you live in the States, Trader Joe's sells a "Organic Raw Honey" that is thick and perfect for this
4. Sift the Flour (1 ½ Cup or 210 g) and the Baking Powder (2 teaspoons or 9 g) over the mixing bowl
5. Combine, using a spatula
6. The batter may seem a bit thick. Wrap airtight
7. Place the batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour
8. Add in the Butter (¾ Cup or 170 g) (soft !) and mix
9. Cover with saran wrap
Resting the batter
10. You will need to wrap the batter with plastic wrap (the plastic wrap must touch the batter, and not cover the bowl)
11. You will need to place the batter in the refrigerator for 4 hours, that's a secret !
Softening the batter
12. Let the batter soften (it's too hard) at room temperature for about 30 minutes to one hour
Preparing the pans
You will need good madeleines molds.
Silicon Molds : You may want to avoid silicon molds as the madeleines would be too soft, but you have no choice, then use silicon molds. Silicon molds make madeleines less crusty, however some people like it that way !
Metallic Molds : I prefer Metallic pans. If you want to purchase metallic madeleine pans, the best brand is GOBEL. In the States, you can find them at the store "Sur La Table"
With Metallic Molds, you will need to coat them with a spray
Sur La Table
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I do NOT recommend to coat the molds with butter, which will brown your madeleines !
● Coating Silicon Molds : if you use silicon molds, you don't need oil or butter
● Coating Metallic Molds : When using metallic pans, you need to spray oil. Alternatively, you may brush melted butter and then sprinkle some flour, to make sure the madeleines will not stick, but be aware of this inconvenient : the bottom of the madeleines will get brown
Using a Pastry Bag
Take the batter out of the fridge
To pour into the pans, pastry chefs use a Pastry Bag. Another option is to simply use a spoon
The pastry tip size should be 0.55" (or 35/64" or 1.4 cm) in diameter
Filling the molds
13. You need to fill the pans not more than 80% of their volume
Another resting time...
14. Make sure to not "overload" with too much batter !
15. Then place the mold in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Preheating the oven
16. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 400 °F / 200 °C
17. If you have a pizza stone, place it into the oven
Baking the madeleines
18. Place the pans in the preheated oven at 400 °F / 200 °C for 8 minutes to 11 minutes until golden
19. The batter melts
20. The batter fills the cavities
21. The center starts rising
22. The nice shape with the bump appears !
You are done !
You may use a rubber spatula if the madeleines are sticking to the pan.
Turn the madeleines and leave them on the molds
Turning the madeleines avoid them to continue baking inside the hot pan