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Pretty Lemon Madeleines

If you have a daughter in the 4-8 age bracket, you can probably say it with me.

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.  They left the house at half past 9, in two straight lines in rain or shine.  The smallest one was Madeline

These pretty little cookies also hail from France, and as winter here drones on and on and on, it's nice to nibble one while imagining yourself at a sunny sidewalk cafe somewhere.  But I have to say it's also nice to share one in your warm and sunny kitchen with your daughter, who is perfectly delighted with the name of the treats, while feeling grateful for God's kind provision of your cozy home and time to make such things.

The recipe for these Lemon Glazed Madeleines comes from David Lebovitz, and I followed his directions to the letter. The result of my care to do as directed: the much sought-after "hump" on the back of the madeleines; a soft and delicate cakey texture; an exquisite lemon flavor.

From Lebovitz...

Lemon-Glazed Madeleines
24 cookies
Adapted from The Sweet Life In Paris by David Lebovitz
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup (130g) granulated sugar
rounded 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup (175g) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
zest of one small lemon
9 tablespoons (120g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature, plus additional melted butter for preparing the molds
3/4 cup (150g) powdered sugar
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons water

1. Brush the indentations of a madeleine mold with melted butter. Dust with flour, tap off any excess, and place in the fridge or freezer.
2. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, whip the eggs, granulated sugar, and salt for 5 minutes until frothy and thickened.
3. Spoon the flour and baking powder, if using, into a sifter or mesh strainer and use a spatula to fold in the flour as you sift it over the batter. (Rest the bowl on a damp towel to help steady it for you.)
4. Add the lemon zest to the cooled butter, then dribble the butter into the batter, a few spoonfuls at a time, while simultaneously folding to incorporate the butter. Fold just until all the butter is incorporated.
5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (Batter can be chilled for up to 12 hours.)
6. To bake the madeleines, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
8. Plop enough batter in the center of each indentation with enough batter which you think will fill it by 3/4′s (my molds took about 1 heaping tablespoon of batter). Do not spread it.
10. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the cakes just feel set. While the cakes are baking, make a glaze in a small mixing bowl by stirring together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and water until smooth.
11. Remove from the oven and tilt the madeleines out onto a cooling rack. The moment they’re cool enough to handle, dip each cake in the glaze, turning them over to make sure both sides are coated and scrape off any excess with a dull knife. After dipping, rest each one back on the cooling rack, scalloped side up, until the cakes are cool and the glaze has firmed up.

Storage: Glazed madeleines are best left uncovered, or not tightly-wrapped; they’re best eaten the day they’re made. They can be kept in a container for up to three days after baking, if necessary. I don’t recommend freezing them since the glaze will melt.

If you have a daughter who is just head over heels for Madeline, how cute would these and some other Parisian treats be at a themed birthday party?

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TexaGermaNadian said…
I love 'plain' little cookies like this. And love the tin you baked them in! Happy Tasty Tuesday :)
Great job with the madeleines! They look really yummy! Thanks for sharing! I really love your blog and am your newest follower!
Morgan said…
Anything lemon has me at hello, throw in a madeleine and some tea and it's then become heaven! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe.
Gray Cardigan said…
I have had a madeleine pan for ages and forget that I have it as it's in the back of the cupboard. I am definitely going to try your recipe. Thanks!!
Heather said…
Oh yum! I have two thrifted Madelaine pans and both of the recipes I have tried were not quite the delight I had hoped - I can't wait to try this recipe. I really enjoyed visiting your blog and looking about. Thank you!
These sound amazing!
Im going to try my hand at making them gluten free :)

Wanted to invite you to share this recipe at a weekly event I host titled Seasonal Sundays! (as its QUITE theme fitting :)

Happy SUnday!
roz said…
I've read madeline recipes, but never those for lemon-flavored.....excellent! Thanks for sharing on one of the blog hops; now following and i invite you to stop over and possibly follow back and join in my weekend blog hop as well. Roz at la bella vita!

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