Madeleines Recipe
Flavors of Lorraine
Total time: 30 to 60 minutes

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Waiting time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

A madeleine is a traditional sweet from Commercy, a town in northeastern France. Madeleines are identified by the distinctive shell-like shape they acquire from being baked in special pans with shell-shaped depressions.

The Proust Connection
Madeleines are perhaps most famous outside France for their association with involuntary memory in the Marcel Proust novel À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past in the first translation, more recently translated as In Search of Lost Time, in which the narrator experiences an awakening upon tasting a madeleine with tea. If you happen to be in the French region of Franche-Comté, make a point of stopping by the Château de Villersexel to taste the famous Madeleines that Madame Potet bakes in honor of Marcel Proust, who was a friend of the family. 

Best eaten fresh on the day they’re baked, madeleines should be stored in an airtight container if you’re keeping them for more than a few hours. If your Madeleines dry out a little, moisten them with the juice of a lemon and a little honey dissolved in some boiling water. Their airy texture will immediately soak up the liquid and their moistness will be restored.

- 120 g (4 oz.) powdered sugar
- 120 g (4 oz.) flour
- 120 g (4 oz.) butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- A few drops of vanilla or a pinch of powdered vanilla
- Grated zest of an orange or lemon
  1. Whisk the whole eggs with the sugar;   
  2. add the flour, butter, vanilla and baking powder; let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes; 
  3. place into madeleine molds and bake in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
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