Madeleine is one of the biggest classics of the French Cuisine and even a piece of the French culture. The legend says that a servant from Lorraine (Madeleine Paulmier) who baked for the duke Stanislas Leszczynski in the city of Commercy. This small cake would then become famous in France thanks to the railroad. When the train stopped in the train Station of Commercy, madeleine sellers were screaming the name of their company to sell as much madeleine as possible. This step was really appreciated from the passengers and helped the madeleine to become famous in France.
For my studies I moved from Marseille to Troyes. And I guess it is the first cake I baked in my small apartment. I remember this tiny hoven which was too small to contain 2 molds, I had to alternate them each 10 mins. But I still use this molds, and bake dozens of madeleine with!
I tried many recipes, and I was never happy of the taste I became. It was always too dry, of tasteless… And one day I found the recipe of Bernard (Blog la cuisine de Bernard). I tried it, and now I do not want any other one !
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 120g all purpose Flour
- 100g sugar
- 100g melted butter or slightly salted butter
- ½ Teaspoon baking powder
- Aroma of your choice: lemon zest, vanilla powder, orange blossom water…
- Preheat your hoven at 190º C
- Whip the eggs, the yolk, the sugar and the aroma of your choice (lemon zest, vanilla, coffee…)
- Sift the flour with the baking powder and add it to the mix in 3 times, mix each time
- Add the butter and mix again
- Keep in the fridge for about 2 hours. Personally I pour the dough in a pastry bag, close it, and keep it in the fridge. Then you just have to cut the extremity and fill the mold. It is quicker and easier to dose out.
- Fill the molds (in his blog, Bernard advices silicon molds)
- Put in the oven and bake for 13 mins
- Remove of the mold and let cool