Molasses Madeleines

A recipe by Nadiya Bakes

Quintessential French Pastry

Our seventh  recipe from our first cookbook;  Nadiya Bakes is Molasses Madeleines on page 38.
This small cake has been favoured by kings and peasants since the 17th century.

Madeleines are a French tea cake with pale stripes on the one side and a typical “bump” on the other. 

Tips before starting

  1. If using a scale to weigh your ingredients below are measurements- molasses: 20 grams/baking powder: 5 grams
  2. Eggs should be at room temperatue
  3. Butter: recipe calls for melting butter, I prefer to make beurre noisette (butter that has been browned to give it a nutty flavour)

- heat butter in a frying pan on medium heat until it starts to bubble and foam

- remove from heat immediately, it can turn from a beautiful caramel flavour to burnt quickly

- let it cool to room temperature

4.  Recipe calls for resting batter for 20min, I highly recommend resting batter in fridge for 24hrs or even up to 3 days

Madeleine Baking Tray

  1. You don’t need the fancy Madeleine baking trays to make this little cakes but they are the signature shape. You can make in a muffin tin.
  2. If you plan to purchase Madeleine trays I suggest the metal one and not the silicone ones. The silicone ones will never give you a crispy edge.
  3. butter the inside groves of tray meticulously, you don’t want your cakes to stick
  4. KEY step that recipe does not include: Madeleine MUST go into oven very cold! After you have filled your tray place entire tray in fridge for minimum 24 hours
  5. when ready to bake, place in pre- heated oven directly from fridge
  6. If you want the elusive hump, which is the characteristic of a well-baked Madeleine, follow the above steps.

- Because the batter is chilled prior to baking, the temperature difference between the oven and the batter creates a burst of steam that results in a hump.


Baked Madeleines

You can finish off you Madeleines per recipe suggestions, but I actually just prefer a sprinkle of icing sugar.

The Results

I would rate this recipe 3 out of 5. If you like molasses, this flavour was hardly even noticeable. I love Madeleines, they are the perfect coffee break snack. I prefer a more traditional Madeleine, made with lemon zest.


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