Perfect Madeleines

Serving 48 people

750 min


  • baking powder 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • baking soda 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • cane sugar 250 grams (1 1/4 cups) unrefined blond cane sugar
  • eggs 6 large eggs
  • flour 375 grams (13 1/4 ounces, about 2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for sprinkling
  • lemon zest Zest of 1 organic lemon, finely grated
  • milk 120 ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • sea salt 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • unsalted butter 400 grams (1 3/4 cups) melted unsalted butter, hot, plus more for brushing
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How to make it

  1. Prepare the batter the day before. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and lemon zest, then whisk in the milk.In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir with a clean whisk to remove any lump. Sprinkle the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, whisking all the while.
  2. Whisk in the melted butter, cover, and refrigerate until the next day. The batter will keep, tightly covered and refrigerated, for up to three days.Two hours before baking, brush a madeleine tray (preferably tin) with melted butter, making sure no excess butter pools in the ridges. Sprinkle the mold thoroughly with flour, then tap upside down over the sink to remove excess flour. (After my first batch, I forgot to flour the mold and merely buttered it, which turned out to be enough to prevent sticking.)
  3. Place the tray in the refrigerator for 2 hours.Preheat the oven to 230°C (450°F).
  4. Pour some of the batter into a piping bag fitted with a plain tip. (To make this step easier, you can place the piping bag in a tall measuring jug and fold the sides over and out to keep it open.)Pipe the batter into the prepared madeleine tray, filling each mold to three quarters. Bang the tray once on a cutting board (or your counter if it's sturdy) to remove any air bubble.Insert into the oven, lower the heat to 180°C (360°F), and bake for 12 minutes, until the sides of the madeleines are golden brown and the domes buttercup yellow.
  5. Remove from the oven and unmold immediately: holding the tray with both hands, tilt it forward so the madeleines face away from you, and bang the side of the tray on your cutting board or counter so the madeleines will pop out. Depending on how well-seasoned your tray is, it may take one to three bangs to pop them all out.
  6. Transfer to a rack to cool. The madeleines freeze well in an airtight container.