Apple-Buckwheat Madeleines with Sea Salt Caramel


I’m always a fan of recipes that use random ingredients. Well, random in my opinion. For example, I rarely see recipes with self-rising flour or cornstarch, so when I do, I like to make the recipe and use up my supply of said random ingredient. This time, it was the buckwheat flour in We Love Madeleines’ apple-buckwheat goodies that attracted me. That, and I had apples that needed to be used before spoiling.

Because of the buckwheat flour, these madeleines had a heartier texture and were a bit chewier than the usual delicate madeleine. They initially tasted good with the apples and the sea salt caramel playing off each other. However, the madeleines turned rock solid pretty quickly, like within a day and a half, so don’t keep these sitting around. Or, just do like I did and make only half the recipe.

Up next for Super Bowl weekend: maple pecan madeleines.

59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 13:11:29

    It can be hard to master buckwheat because it’s a tough flour – way to go! Looks great!

  2. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 13:17:59

    Buckwheat flour is one of my alternative favorite flours. Especially with chocolate. But I never would´ve thought of making a madeleine, and with apples! Wonderful!

  3. Cher
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 13:24:04

    Way to get good use out of those madeline tins!

  4. Virginia Wager
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 13:35:50

    how can I get the recipe?

  5. loavesandstitches
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 14:09:29

    Yum! These sound delicious! As do the maple pecan ones. I need to dust off my madeleine pan and bake some!

  6. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 14:11:54

    What stunning madeleines my friend, I would eat them all 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. natalie
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 15:36:32

    So creative! They look wonderful.

  8. moderngirlnutrition
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:25:19

    I love all your Madelines!!:)

  9. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:31:37

    That sounds like a dangerous cookbook 😉 ! But I know just what you mean about “orphan” ingredients (I once bought a 25 lb bags of cornmeal–imagine what that took to use up!)

  10. apuginthekitchen
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:51:08

    Buckwheat is tricky but I love it, the madeleines look amazing. The combination of buckwheat, apples and caramel is perfect.

  11. Juliana
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 18:46:28

    So interesting…apples and buckwheat…and the madeleines look great. I like the idea of some sea salt with the sweet caramel.
    Have a great week!

  12. Arthur in the Garden!
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 20:20:47

    Buckwheat scares me!! One day I will try to cook with it!

  13. tracy
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 20:43:25

    How do you come up with so many delicious looking things to bake/cook? I have to say that I don’t think I have ever had buckwheat but these would easily convince me to try it.

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  14. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 21:08:29

    I’ve never used buckwheat flour but it sounds like a great new ingredient to try!

  15. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 22:27:38

    Love sea salt caramel. Buckwheat flour sounds interesting in Madeleines. They look lucious:)

  16. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 04:52:17

    I like the idea of the buckwheat flour I want to use it , but have made no attempt just yet. The fact you’ve used it in madeleines is encouraging

  17. hotlyspiced
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 05:59:54

    Your madeleines look stunning. I would like to cook these; I just need a madeleine pan! xx

  18. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 06:07:43

    Sea salt caramel is one of my absolute favourite things! This is making my mouth water just looking at it.

  19. cquek
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 08:40:14

    Looks like an awesome Madeleines

  20. Mary
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 09:13:43

    Your madelines look so perfect! but you really had me at sea salt caramel – yum :))
    Mary x

  21. Balvinder
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 10:15:07

    Another Madeleine! Looks delicious!!!

  22. Beth
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 10:37:13

    Doesn’t it feel great to finish up the last of an ingredient? I’ve just cleaned out my small freezer, and it’s fantastic!

  23. markd60
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:33:07

    Can you still eat them after they get hard? Like hardtack?

  24. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:59:02

    I love anything with caramel- yum!

  25. Caroline
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 14:01:01

    Love these!! They sound absolutely delicious.

  26. The Squishy Monster
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 15:02:50

    ooooh, these are precious. The sea salt caramel really elevates an already elegant pastry =)

  27. Dara
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 15:34:11

    Very creative. I love buckwheat flour, but so far I’ve only ever used for pancakes. Thanks for a great idea.

  28. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 17:35:23

    I say those pans were a smart buy.

  29. Jenn and Seth
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 17:51:49

    i love madeleines! these sound heavenly!

  30. Sara
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 19:42:12

    Mmmm, I love buckwheat flour – such a great flavor! Bet it goes great with apples and caramel, yum.

  31. saffronandhoney
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 20:01:20

    Oh these look gorgeous! Love the unusual flavor combo.

  32. rebeccasubbiah
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 20:19:56

    you have taken my fav madeleine up a notch love it

  33. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 20:37:05

    you continue to amaze me! These look amazing

  34. chunklet's mom
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 21:01:23

    i’m glad you are enjoying the cookbook 😉

  35. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 21:49:56

    This looks intriguing. I have never had anything remotely similar to this. The only thing I have ever had with buckwheat flour is pancakes, but I love Madeleine’s and these look good.

  36. atasteofmadess
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 01:17:53

    Yum. Sea salt and Caramel is a match made in heaven

  37. MiraDevils (@MiraDevils)
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 05:28:03

    Looks super yummy ❤


  38. kitchen flavours
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:12:28

    Lovely madeleines! I really need to get myself a madeleine pan!

    Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:50:03

    These sound really delicious…caramel and sea salt…yum! Very pretty!!

  40. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 12:09:50

    OMG.. these look so rich and delicious.. and gooey.. Yum!

  41. Daniela
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 14:14:34

    Never tried to prepare Madeleins with buckwheat but yours look delicious,great idea!

  42. Ingeniousmrs
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 16:49:54

    Justttttttt loved the textureeee yummyyyyy

  43. Zoe
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 21:22:54

    What a shame that I have not bake any madeleines before… This combination looks superb!

  44. Amy of A Couple in the Kitchen
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 08:12:28

    These, along with your orange-almond ones a few posts back, are making me really want a madeleine pan!!! Yummmmm…..

  45. Katerina
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:39:11

    Buckwheat has this effect on things but it was a smart thing to make half the portion and so to consume them within the day!

  46. Chef Randall
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 10:40:21

    They look great and yummy. The new thing caramel and sea salt. You did a wonderful work of art here. Baking is an art..and you do a good job at it.

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    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  47. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 21:38:04

    Way to go, making them a bit healthier! I would love to try one 🙂

  48. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 23:11:54

    I want to eat your maple pecan madeleines and apple buckwheat madeleines. So curious to taste them!

  49. libishski
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 23:45:21

    Oh yum! Love the sound of the flavour combinations!

  50. Reem
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 23:58:18

    You know I just bought a new Madeline mold…. This is such a perfect recipe. ..
    Sea Salt and caramel. .. Yummm

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  52. greyhousejournal
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 00:31:45

    I like finding recipes that use up something “random” I bought for a recipe that I just “had” to make only to not see said ingredient called for again in anything. The rustic nature of buckwheat and other heartier ingredients sound like a good match! Wonder if you could freeze them in portions in baggies so they don’t all get hard at once?

  53. Melolimparfaite
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 00:36:19

    never heard about sea salt caramel, i have to try !

  54. Joyti
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 03:39:23

    Sounds delicious! I haven’t experimented with buckwheat (only one cookie recipe)…so this sounds like something I’d like to try.

  55. maha
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 09:40:49

    Wow very very tempting idea.

  56. Elaine
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 01:46:34

    I have never tried buckwheat flour. These look and sound delicious.

  57. Tandy
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 11:31:23

    Random ingredients are why I want to open a speciality store selling by weight products so that you can buy exactly what you need 🙂

  58. Cakelaw
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 17:45:48

    I sadly let my unusual ingredients go to waste. These madeleines look great, but you are right, they spoil quickly.

  59. The Sketched Chef
    Feb 03, 2013 @ 13:51:54

    Beautifull madeleines !
    I have never tried buckwheat flour, but soon there will be a first time for it 🙂

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