Madeleines: lemon or chocolate ? … Both !

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My youngest son is a big fan of Madeleines. They are his favourite breakfast, snacks, after dinner … If you don’t know madeleines, they are very small sponge cakes in a shape of a shell. You can find the madeleine moulded pan in any specialised kitchen store and if you don’t have any, a (mini) cupcake pan would do ! The great thing with Madeleine is you can make them out of any flavour, sweet or even salty kind. This time I choose to do lemon madeleine. But then, my daughter wanted to have chocolate ones, so we did both 🙂 

Ingredients:

– 110g (1/2 cup) of butter
– 1 lemon
– 3 eggs
– 120g (2/3 cup) of granulated sugar
– 1 tsp of vanilla extract (0r 1 sachet of sucre vanille)
– 200g (1 & 2/3 cups) of all purpose flour
– 2 tsp of baking powder (1/2 sachet de levure)
–  3 tbsp of semi skimmed milk

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and let it cool down.
  2. Take the zest out of the lemon, and squeeze it to get the juice.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour and the baking powder
  4. In another big bowl, whisk together the eggs, the sugar & the vanilla extract  until the colour is a pale yellow.
  5. Gradually, add the flour, the lemon zest & juice, the milk. Finally add the melted butter. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Pre heat the oven to 250 degrees C (480 degrees F) and let the batter chill out in the fridge for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Oil your moulded pan (unless it is a silicon mould, you don’t need to oil it)
  8. Pour the batter in the mould until about 3/4 full. Reduce the heat of the oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F)
  9. Put in the oven for about 10 minutes until they have a nice golden colour.
  10. Let them cool down before placing them in an air tight container.IMG_6168
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