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Indulging yourself in French desserts is always a good idea 😁 Whether it's eclairs, souffles or chocolate mousse, there are plenty of yummy options to choose from. Today, we'll be adding one more delightful treat to the list that's soft, buttery and perfectly sweet - madeleines! Known as one of the most popular French bakes, this dessert is a unique cross between a cake and a cookie. So if you're a fan of both, it should definitely be your next baking project. Perfect to have with a cup of tea, prepare to dive right into this halal madeleine recipe and indulge in a batch of soft, buttery treats. Ingredients (yields 18)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted until browned
2 ½ tsp vanilla essence
1 ½ tsp lemon zest, finely grated
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tdp salt
3 large eggs, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
Madeleine pan (You can also improvise by using a muffin pan and line the wells with cupcake liners if need be. Do note that you won’t be able to achieve the exact shape of a classic madeleine, but don’t worry the taste will be just as great!)
Cut up the butter into pieces and place them in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, reduce the heat to low and cook it for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the heat and transfer browned butter into a bowl. Add vanilla essence and lemon zest, stir to combine and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then set aside for further use.
In a bowl of your stand mixer (or you can use a hand mixer), beat the eggs at medium speed while gradually adding the sugar. Once all the sugar has been added, increase the speed to medium high and continue to whisk for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and light in colour.
Using a spatula, fold in the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Then fold in the butter mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Brush the molds of the madeleine pan with butter and with a mini ice cream scoop, spoon out an equal portion of the dough into each mold. Let the batter spread out on its own, as demonstrated in Entertaining With Beth’s video:
Bake for about 7 to 8 minutes or until the madeleines are golden brown and have ‘swelled’ up in the middle.
Let the madeleines cool before removing them from the pan. Dust with some powdered sugar, serve and enjoy!
Madeleines are great for a teatime treat or if you just wanna have a sweet snack in the middle of the day. Even without a special pan, you'll still be able to bake them at home! So, what're you waiting for? It's time to get to baking 👩🍳