Chuck Hughes ' elegant madeleines, dipped in finger-licking lemon glaze, make for an irresistible dessert.
Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes and Chuck Hughes
Lemon Madeleines
Total:
2 hr 25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
24 madeleines
Level:
Easy
Total:
2 hr 25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
24 madeleines
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Madeleines:
  • 1 cup/250ml butter, plus more for the molds
  • 6 small or 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup/250ml sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon/5ml vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups/375ml all-purpose flour, plus more for the molds
  • 1 teaspoon/5ml baking powder
  • Lemon zest, for garnish
Lemon Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup/125ml confectioners' sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Directions

For the madeleines: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.

Beat the eggs with the sugar in a bowl until pale, about 5 minutes. Add the lemon zest and juice and the vanilla. Stir in the flour and baking powder, and then the melted butter.

Butter and flour two 12-cookie madeleine molds. (Traditionally, these have the shape of small shells.) Pour the batter into the molds, filling them three-quarters of the way. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees).

Bake the madeleines for 5 minutes, then turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake until golden brown and puffed in the center, about 10 minutes more.

For the lemon glaze: Mix the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a bowl.

Before serving, dip the top of each madeleine in the lemon glaze. Garnish with lemon zest.

Cook's Note: Letting the batter rest in the refrigerator and then baking them at a high temperature will help the madeleines rise.

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