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Delicious and easy-to-make vanilla madeleines, with unique nutty fragrance from the ground almonds. Slightly denser madeleines with some bite to the texture. Best eaten while slightly warm, on the same day of baking.
I was so excited to finally use this heavy, metal madeleine mold that my friend bought from Japan a year ago. See how nicely browned these vanilla madeleines are!
Are you one who love madeleines too?
Madeleines may have this fancy appearance, and with their classy name, it can sound intimidating to make them! Don’t be surprised to find these small, delicate tea cakes surprisingly easy to make! Let’s read on to find out how.
What Are Madeleines?
Madeleines are petite traditional French tea cakes, and can also be considered as cookies by some. They are well-known in their scallop shell shapes, with a small signature hump on the other side.
You need just very simple ingredients to make them: eggs, butter, flour, sugar, baking powder.
There are a few methods to make madeleines, such as beating the eggs to ribbon stage or simply mixing the dry and wet ingredients together. For this recipe, we will just be using the simple mixing method in one bowl.
How Do These Vanilla Madeleines Taste Like?
These vanilla madeleines have an added nutty fragrance to them, due to the ground almond used in the recipe. It also provides some bite to the texture, which I really enjoy!
While they are a little sweeter in taste, try not to reduce the sugar too much. Enjoy them while dipping them into a cup of sugarless tea or coffee – heavenly!
If you have made madeleines without ground almond before, you will notice that this batch of madeleines dry out faster. I find them best tasting on the same day of baking, or just warm after cooling down slightly. They may turn a little harder or dry the next day.
If you prefer madeleines that keep well overnight, check out my black sesame madeleines!
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Melted butter is usually used in madeleine recipes. You can find some recipes calling for brown butter or just simple melted butter. Don’t skip the melted butter, as the buttery scent goes really well with the ground almond!
It’s a good balance between richness vs texture 🙂
In this vanilla madeleine recipe, you can melt the butter over bain marie or over a bowl of hot water. Ensure that the butter melts fully, and there is no lump remaining. Leave it to cool slightly as you gather the rest of the ingredients and grease the madeleine pans.
Also, butter takes the center stage for madeleines, so be sure to choose a good one! For a quality French butter, I like to use Elle & Vire. For a more standard, daily bake, I like Paysan Breton for its pocket friendly price.
Can I Use Other Type of Mold?
Yes you can! If you do not have madeleine pan, you can try baking them in cupcake mold. Just take note to not fill each cavity with too much batter – probably just about 1/2 of the height of each cavity – so that the baking time stays relatively the same.
Can I Make Them In Advance?
Absolutely! It is recommended to make the madeleine batter at least 3 hours before baking. You can also prepare the batter the day before, and bake the madeleines on the next day. That sounds quite convenient, isn’t it?
How Long Can The Madeleines Last?
These vanilla madeleines are best eaten on the same day of baking. You can eat it totally cooled down, or eat it slightly warm. Otherwise you can keep them in a container in normal room temperature overnight. Just note that the texture may change (a little drier) after keeping for 1 night.