French Madeleine


  • 3 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon/lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 6 tablespoon melted butter
  • icing sugar (to sprinkle)
  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate or 1/4 cup chocolate ganache (optional-to dip)


  1. To prepare French Madeleine, get prep with all the ingredients first.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar in a Hand mixer until it gets pale, thick and glossy. It will take around 5 minutes and will double up. (You might get worked up if you use hand whisk, since it takes time)
  3. Add in the lemon/lime zest, vanilla extract (if using) and beat well till well mixed.
  4. Heat butter in a pan until it just melts and switch off. Let it come to room temperature.
  5. Now, sift in all-purpose flour and baking powder in the egg mixture.
  6. Switch over to a spatula and using cut and fold technique mix well until you cannot see any more flour.
  7. Add melted butter at room temperature and fold it well in the mixture without deflating much air.
  8. Now comes the important step, cover the batter bowl with a cling film and refrigerate it for an hour. You can also make the batter one night ahead and refrigerate it overnight to save some time.
  9. Preheat the Oven to 180 degree Celsius.
  10. Meanwhile, grease a Madeleine pan with butter and using a mini ice-cream scoop, scoop in the batter into each madeleine cavity in the center. It will take shape as it bakes, you need not spread it fully.
  11. Bake it around 8 to 10 minutes at 180 degree celsius until lightly browned on sides.
  12. Cool French Madeleine on a wire rack.
  13. Sprinkle icing sugar from top and dip it in melted chocolate/chocolate ganache, let it set. Or decorate the French Madeleine however you heart desires and enjoy during tea time.
  14. Or store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for a week.

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