Homemade Madeleines

The Homemade Madeleines Recipe These elegant treats were made famous by French writer Marcel Proust, who took a bite and was transported back to his childhood.

4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted, plus extra
for dusting
1⁄3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp baking powder
confectioner’s sugar, to dust

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Liberally brush the pan with melted butter and dust with flour. Invert the pan and tap to remove excess flour.

2 Put the sugar, eggs, and vanilla into a mixing bowl and whisk until the mixture is pale, thick, and will hold a trail. This should take 5 minutes with an electric hand mixer, or a bit longer if you are whisking by hand.

3 Sift the flour over the top and pour the melted butter down the side of the mixture. Using a large spatula, fold them in quickly, being careful not to knock out any air.

4 Fill the molds with the mixture and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool before dusting with confectioner’s sugar. STORE The madeleines will keep in an airtight container for 1 day.

These delightful little treats are meant to be as light as air. Care should be taken to incorporate as much air as possible into the batter at the whisking stage, and to lose as little volume from the batter when folding in the flour. Best eaten the same day.

Homemade Madeleines
Homemade Madeleines
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