Classic French madeleines

Classic French madeleines are very easy lovely looking and tasting mini cakes. They get even better using beurre noisette. Ready in 20 minutes. 

20 minutes 12 people Pie and cake
Classic French madeleines


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  • 200 gram butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 130 gram sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 60 ml milk
  • 1 package of vanilla sugar (8 gram)
  • 10 gram baking powder
  • 200 gram all-purpose flour
Classic French madeleines ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Standmixer of handmixer
  • 2 madeleine pans or bake in 2 batches if you only have 1 pan
  • Small saucepan
  • Piping bag
  • Oven


20 minutes 12 people Pie and cake

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Preparation -- 10 minutes + waiting time

First, create a 'beurre noisette', browned butter that gives the madeleines a beautiful nutty flavour. It's simple, melt the butter in a small saucepan until the butter starts to turn a little bit brown. 

This doesn't mean burnt, so keep an eye on the butter. Turn down the heat and let it cool a little bit. In the bowl of your mixer, COMBINE milk, honey, eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar until you've reached a smooth mixture.

SIFT the flour and baking powder and add to the mix. ADD the beurre noisette and now the batter is done. SCOOP the batter into a piping bag, if you don't own one you can keep the batter in the bowl.

Store in the fridge until the batter has cooled down. PRE-HEAT the oven to 210 degrees Celsius or 410 degrees Fahrenheit. COAT the madeleine pan to prevent the madeleines from sticking. 

Classic French madeleines
Classic French madeleines

Baking the classic French madeleines -- 10 minutes

When the batter has cooled down and the oven is pre-heated, you can fill the madeleine pan about 3/4. You can easily do this using the piping bag, but it will also work with a spoon.

Keep in mind they will rise in the oven. BAKE them in the oven for about 10 minutes, depending on your oven. Keep an eye on them, they tend to colour before you even notice it!

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