Cook Time

15-20 Min


  • 175g/6oz butter, melted and cooled
  • 100g/4oz plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar, to dust
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Lightly grease 12 holes in a madeleine tin. Dust the tin with flour, and shake off any excess.
  • Combine the eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl. Put the bowl over a pan of simmering water, and beat the mixture with a whisk or an electric beater until thick and pale yellow. Remove the bowl from the heat, and continue to beat the mixture until it has cooled slightly and increased in volume.
  • Sift the flour three times onto baking parchment. Add the flour, butter and orange zest to the egg mixture, and fold in quickly and lightly with a metal spoon until just combined. Spoon the mixture carefully into the madeleine holes.
  • Bake for 10–12 minutes until lightly golden. Carefully remove from the tin and place on a wire rack until cold. Dust with icing sugar before serving. Madeleines are best eaten on the day of baking.


  1. Ingredient Freshness: Ensure that all your ingredients, especially baking powder and baking soda, are fresh. Expired or stale ingredients can affect the taste and texture of your Madeleines.
  2. Room Temperature Ingredients: Bring eggs and butter to room temperature before using them. This helps in achieving the right consistency and ensures proper incorporation of ingredients.
  3. Measuring Accurately: Use precise measuring tools for both dry and wet ingredients. Accurate measurements are crucial in baking to achieve the desired results.
  4. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to the specified temperature before you start making the batter. Consistent temperature is essential for even baking and a good rise.
  5. Proper Mixing: Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones to avoid overmixing. Overmixing can lead to dense and tough Madeleines. Mix until just combined.
  6. Chilling the Batter: Allow the batter to chill in the refrigerator for the recommended time. This step is crucial for the characteristic hump that Madeleines are known for.
  7. Use the Right Pan: Invest in a Madeleine pan for the best results. Make sure to grease and flour the molds adequately to prevent sticking.
  8. Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the baking time. Overbaking can result in dry Madeleines. Start checking a couple of minutes before the recommended time.
  9. Avoid Opening the Oven Door: Resist the temptation to open the oven door frequently while baking. Sudden temperature changes can affect the rise and texture of the Madeleines.
  10. Cooling Properly: Allow the Madeleines to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps in maintaining their structure.
  11. Storage: Store Madeleines in an airtight container to retain their freshness. If you’re not serving them immediately, consider dusting with powdered sugar just before serving.
  12. Experimentation: While it’s good to follow a basic recipe, feel free to experiment with flavors and add-ins. Just ensure that any additional ingredients won’t compromise the texture of the Madeleines.
Remember to enjoy the process and have fun baking your Madeleines!


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