Baking Chez Moi: Lemon Madeleines

Lemon Madeleines in the Sun


I’ve seen many recipes for madeleines before but never had the inclination to try them.  My kitchen abounds with a variety of bakeware and it always seemed just a little too fussy to purchase a madeleine pan.  Baking Chez Moi is adding to my collection but really only in the best of ways, a new pan but a great new recipe to go with it.  I really enjoyed the recipe as written with lemon flavor but due to my abundance of grapefruit I decided to make that version as well.

Lemon Madeleine Ingredients



I love recipes that call for ingredients that I almost always have already stocked.  It makes weekend whims easy to indulge.

Lemon Madeleine Sugar


I love the feeling that sugar gets after rubbing zest into it.  It reminds me of the Southern California beaches I grew up on.  Damp sand is kind of an odd sensation against your fingertips and this replicates it pretty perfectly.

Lemon Madeleine Egg BeatingLemon Madeleines Adding Vanila


Eggs and sugar are beaten till slightly thickened and honey and vanilla are added in.

Lemon Madeleines Mixed with Dry IngredientsLemon Madeleines Adding Milk

Dry ingredients are gently folded in and some milk and melted butter finish the batter off.  The batter needs to chill at least an hour but I love that this is flexible enough to be made quite a bit ahead of time.  I made these a few times and my lemon batter always seemed to form some interesting chunky crystals in the batter.  We theorized that it had something to do with the lemon’s acidity but interestingly enough my grapefruit batter remained smooth.  I wasn’t too concerned as the final product turned out tasting great.

Cooling Mini Lemon Madeleines


I made both a standard and mini size with a varying degree of ‘bump’ success.  My first batch really looked the prettiest but company was coming for dinner and they were devoured pretty quick.

Glazing Lemon Madeleines

I glazed both batches and the I think this definitely adds a little something special.  I’d probably continue glazing future batches if for no other reason than I hate wasting any fresh juice.

Melty Lemon Madeleines

Thank goodness my neighbors don't mind being tasters for my first attempts at things.
Thank goodness my neighbors don’t mind being tasters for my first attempts at things.

I have a feeling making madeleines is a skill, despite the seemingly simple ingredients, and the more you make them the more perfect they turn out.  The lemon madeleines were pretty great but I thought the grapefruit version really did it for me.  The flavor was so familiar but still really interesting.

Lemon Madeleine Pinwheel


I’m so glad my new pans weren’t wasted and will at least be put to use every citrus season.



13 thoughts on “Baking Chez Moi: Lemon Madeleines

  1. Another delicious recipe to use your grapefruits! Yes, one can never have enough of baking pans (and cookbooks!!). Your mini sized ones look really cute! I would have to try the glaze the next time, as I’ve only dusted the madeleines with a sprinkling of powdered sugar!
    We really enjoyed these little treats too!

  2. I agree mixing the lemon zest with the sugar is so fun and smells delicious! I enjoyed doing that with the grapefruit tart too :0). How great you made both sizes of cakes, I now own a new mini Madeleine mold so next time I’ll have to invest in a larger cake mold.
    ~ Happy Baking to you!

  3. I know! I had to make the recipe as well because I had previously bought some madeleine pans. Had to put them to good use. Maybe I will buy the mini ones…. 🙂

  4. They look great! Who knew grapefruit could be used for so many things? It makes me think that really, I should be using it more in the kitchen than I do.

  5. I like your mini mads 🙂
    Fortunately, madeleine pans don’t take up much real estate in the pantry. It makes the splurge easier to justify!

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