We Love Madeleines

It all started when The Transporter aired on telly recently.  Frankly, I thought it was rather ridiculous (to use a boring cliche, it’s a bit of a guy movie) but a discussion point is the madeleine and how delicious they are.  As a result, Beardy Boyfriend – obviously a fan of the movie – had been pushing me to make some for him!  I’d never heard of this little cake – they certainly weren’t common growing up in Delaware!  But they are apparently a French staple – they were even chosen to represent France in the EU’s Cafe Europe initiative.

I used bribery (as you do) and told him that that I’d be happy to make him some madeleines if he provided me with the bible of madeleine – We Love Madeleines.


This book is the cookbook equivalent of a French twist comb – it only does one job, but it does it better than anything else.  This book is the comprehensive guide to madeleine – there are so many different ideas and flavour combinations, but this book would be absolutely useless without a madeleine pan (either regular or mini sized).  I started with the basic madeleine to get the hang of these little cakes.

Basic Madeleines (from We Love Madeleines)


1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar

6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter

3 eggs

1 egg yolk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup (115g) plain flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

DSC_0567Cream together sugar and unsalted butter.  Mix in egg yolks, eggs and vanilla.

DSC_0568Sift in flour and baking powder

DSC_0569Line the madeleine (or mini-madeleine) pan and scoop with a truffle maker.

DSC_0643Bake at 180C for eight to ten minutes.  Allow to cool for ten minutes before removing from the pan.




  1. These look so cute! I so need to get my hands on a madeiline pan and make some myself 😀

  2. Great fun to make, aren’t they?

  3. Any Madeleine recipes that use rosemary flowers?

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