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What is Madeleine?
The Madeleine is a small traditional French sponge cake, featuring a shell-like shape and often with lemon zest flavor. Being a sponge cake, Madeleine is not a leavened cake, baking soda is not necessary for the recipe. The softness comes from beating the egg and butter. Legend says the first Madeleine appears to be created in the middle of the 18th century.
Homemade Madeleine Tips and Tricks
Tip No.1 is to make cake flour at home in advance
Cake flour is important for making a soft and tasty cake. Nevertheless, you don’t have to buy cake flour separately. If you already have your favorite organic all-purpose flour at hand, all you have to do is steam it for 10 minutes. It is an old-fashioned trick, which many cooks leveraged especially during the old days in China when resources were limited.
After steaming, let the flour cool and dry before rolling it into powder and storing it in an airtight glass jar. I use homemade cake flour to make all kinds of yummy & healthy cakes.
Tip No.2 is to prepare the Madeleine Baking Pan before Baking
Tip No.3 is to blend the batter properly for a yummy Homemade Madeleine
Remove the butter from the refrigerator well in advance to soften it. You can also use a microwave to soften it. When using a microwave, try not to overdo it. We want to soften the butter but not completely turn it into liquid.
Use a silicone spatula to fold the flour into the batter. Remember not to overwork the flour.
Last but not least, fold in the freshly made lemon zest.
Tip No.4 is to bake the Homemade Madeleine
You do not have to worry about the shape of the batter when filling in the Madeleine baking pan. Just add enough batter to fill the whole cavity.
This recipe makes a perfect one dozen (12) Madeleine using this 12-opening Madeleine Pan. By the way, I almost always bake two dozen at a time, therefore the picture shows represents 2x the recipe.
Divide the batter evenly among the cavities. If you are not sure, you can go one round fill in about 80%, and then evenly distribute the rest.
For baking, preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit, or approximately 190.6 Celsius, and bake for 9 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 350 Fahrenheit, or approximately 176.7 Celsius, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Enjoy a yummy, healthy, and nutritious Homemade Madeleine!