We made Lemon Madeleines this week with the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. I had never made madeleines before. So this week's new purchase was a madeleine pan. It's fun to buy new kitchen toys. By the end of this book I should have quite a collection of new kitchen tools.
We love lemon at my house so were looking forward to making this. This was a very easy recipe. It was nice to have something so simple after the complicated grapefruit tart! We chose to mix everything by hand as called for in the recipe. It sure made clean up a breeze. We started with the sugar and lemon mixture, added the eggs, mixed in the dry ingredients and added the melted butter and milk at the end. Because we were mixing by hand the blending of the eggs and sugar probably took a little longer to get to the pale color Dorie called for than if we had used a mixer, but it only took a few minutes and looked lovely. We followed the refrigeration instructions, although after tasting the batter we were anxious to get them in the oven so we could eat them.
We made sure to butter and flour the pan thoroughly which definitely helped the madeleines come out of the pan easily in the end. The recipe said to cook these at 400 degrees, but we knew with our oven that would be too high, so we turned it down to 375 and it was perfect. They came out a beautiful golden yellow. Loving lemon as much as we did we had to make the glaze, it was hard to keep from eating the glaze with a spoon once we had dipped all of the madeleines. We ate these warm right out of the oven and loved these cute little treats!
If you would like the full recipe, it can be found on page 214 of Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking Chez Moi.