Tuesdays With Dorie – Traditional Madeleines

by Jessica on May 20, 2008

Everytime I go into Williams-Sonoma or Sur la Table, I always (and I mean always) pick up a madeleine pan… with the intentions of buying it. Then I make my way around the store and put the pan back on the shelf, telling myself that the last thing I need is another pan. So, when Tara of Smells Like Home chose Dorie’s Traditional Madeleines as this week’s recipe, I cursed myself for never buying that pan! Of course, with the ever-present peer pressure from Amy, I headed to the mall and picked up not one madeleine pan, but two… the regular size and the mini one. 🙂 Thanks again, Amy!!

Madeleines

Traditional Madeleines… in mini form 🙂
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

2/3 c all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 c sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 stick (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Working in a mixer bowl, or in a large bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the eggs to the bowl. Working with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed until pale, thick and light, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. With a rubber spatula, very gently fold in the dry ingredients, followed by the melted butter. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours, or for up to 2 days. This long chill period will help the batter form the hump that is characteristic of madeleines. (For convenience, you can spoon the batter into the madeleine molds, cover and refrigerate, then bake the cookies directly from the fridge; see below for instructions on prepping the pans.)

Getting Ready to Bake:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter 12 full-size madeleine molds, or up to 36 mini madeleine molds, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Or, if you have a nonstick pan (or pans), give it a light coating of vegetable cooking spray. If you have a silicone pan, no prep is needed. Place the pan(s) on a baking sheet.

Spoon the batter into the molds, filling each one almost to the top. Don’t worry about spreading the batter evenly, the oven’s heat will take care of that. Bake large madeleines for 11 to 13 minutes, and minis for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are golden and the tops spring back when touched. Remove the pan(s) from the oven and release the madeleines from the molds by rapping the edge of the pan against the counter. Gently pry any recalcitrant madeleines from the pan using your fingers or a butter knife. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool to just warm or to room temperature.

If you are making minis and have more batter, bake the next batch(es), making certain that you cool, then properly prepare the pan(s) before baking.

Just before serving, dust the madeleines with confectioners’ sugar. 

Serving:
Serve the cookies when they are only slightly warm or when they reach room temperature, with tea or espresso.

Storing:
Although the batter can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, the madeleines should be eaten soon after they are made. You can keep them overnight in a sealed container, but they really are better on day 1. If you must store them, wrap them airtight and freeze them; they’ll keep for up to 2 months.

Madeleines Closeup

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kim May 20, 2008 at 12:18 am

the minis are precious! the color is perfect, nice job 🙂 glad you finally had an excuse to get your pans!

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2 peabody May 20, 2008 at 12:19 am

The look great. I did mini ones too.

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3 Bumblebutton May 20, 2008 at 6:41 am

They look super cute all tucked in the mug. Of course you had to get the pans, right?!!!

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4 Caitlin May 20, 2008 at 7:05 am

Pans are always necessary, even if you aren’t sure you’ll ever use them 🙂

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5 Gretchen Noelle May 20, 2008 at 7:30 am

They look adorable! How fun that you have both size pans now!

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6 amanda May 20, 2008 at 8:38 am

I’m a sucker for cute coffee mugs and I think I need that one! So pretty.

Your madeleines look great. And yay for an excuse to finally buy the pan. 😉

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7 Ulrike aka ostwestwind May 20, 2008 at 9:51 am

Sure those pans are a must have. Now I own three 🙂

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8 Amy May 20, 2008 at 10:54 am

They look great! See, isn’t peer pressure fun?! 😉

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9 Melissa May 20, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Love the minis!

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10 mimi May 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

your madeleines look great! peer pressure works wonders!

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11 Christine May 20, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Your minis are perfect!

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12 Lori May 20, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I love the minis they are so cute. ANd oh the temptation to buy a pan is very strong!

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13 Rebecca May 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm

I walked around with a madeleine pan a few times myself before Dorie gave me an excellent excuse to buy one. Yay, Dorie!!!

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14 CB May 20, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Can Amy talk to my hubbie for me? haha. Your maddies look beautiful. Great job! 😉
Clara @ I♥food4thought

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15 Tracey May 20, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Great job! I always find something to walk around with at Williams Sonoma but unfortunately for my husband, the item usually comes home with me! 🙂

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16 Garrett May 20, 2008 at 7:35 pm

I absolutely love seeing all these mini madeleines. I might have to go back to the store and buy another pan just so I can make them.

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17 Cheryl May 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm

They’re so tiny! Cute!

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18 Heather May 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm

yum! They look fabulous! Great job!

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19 Helen May 21, 2008 at 4:48 am

Oh how cute! Love the cup idea! Hx

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20 carrie May 21, 2008 at 8:16 am

How delicate your madeleines look.
Glad to hear you finally got your coveted pan!

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21 Jaime May 21, 2008 at 10:59 pm

so beautiful and golden!

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22 mari May 22, 2008 at 7:35 am

I love any excuse to buy a new pan!!! Your madeleines look perfect!

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23 Laura May 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

oh they are just adorable! look at them all snuggled up in the mug;)

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24 JacqueOH May 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Those little mini-madeleines are so cute! You did a great job.

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25 LyB May 23, 2008 at 8:10 am

So cute! I love buying new pans, I can’t stop!

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26 Dolores May 30, 2008 at 12:50 am

I also used the Madeleine assignment as my excuse to… um… stimulate the economy. 🙂 Great job!

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