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I slightly adapted this recipe from the cookbook
A Passion for Desserts, by Emily Luchetti. Madeleines are also know as a small cake. These are a traditional tea cake.
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Brown Butter Madeleines Recipe
Afternoon Tea & High Tea
Yields: 2 to 3 dozen
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 12 min
3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons soft sweet butter (this is for spreading in the pan)
2/3 cups granulated
1 teaspoon chopped/grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups all-purpose
Powdered (confectioners) sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Position a rack in the center of the oven.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook until the butter is very light golden brown and
fragrant, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature; set aside.
Madeleine Molds and dust with a little flour. Invert pan and tap out any
excess flour. NOTE: If you don't have teflon-lined Madeleine pans, be sure and butter the pan carefully, getting butter into all
the cracks and crannys).
Into the bowl of an electric mixer, place the eggs and a pinch of salt. Whip on
high speed until thick, approximately 3 minutes. Continuing to mix on high
speed, slowly add the sugar in a steady stream and whip for 2 minutes until
mixture is thick and ribbony. Decrease to low speed and add the lemon zest and
vanilla extract (just until mixed).
By hand, fold 1/3 of the flour into batter, followed by 1/3 of melted butter.
Continue folding the remaining flour and butter, 1/2 at a time, into the batter.
Spoon the batter into the prepared
Madeleine Molds, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake the Madeleine for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the centers spring back when lightly
touched. Do not over bake these cookies or they will be dry.
Remove from oven and unmold immediately (tap each pan sharply against a countertop to release the Madeleine). Transfer warm Madeleine to wire racks, smooth sides down,
When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar.
The Madeleines are best served the same day but can be
stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or frozen,
well wrapped, for up to 1 month.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen regular-size Madeleines.