Chocolate-dipped maple & bacon Madeleines


To continue my new found fondness of pure maple syrup, I thought it appropriate to make these chocolate-dipped maple & bacon madeleines next from the We Love Madeleines cookbook. I knew immediately that I’d enjoy these madeleines simply for the maple syrup and bacon. However, I was a bit wary about the chocolate. I rarely like things dipped in dark chocolate being a white chocolate fan myself. But, I’ve seen so many chocolate and bacon pairings that I thought these shouldn’t disappoint.

And, I was right! These madeleines were light and airy but substantial enough to support the chocolate, bacon, and cayenne pepper garnishes. Plus, this recipe switched baking temperatures halfway through the process, and it seemed to give the madeleines a softer texture, which I enjoyed immensely.

Up next: graham cracker madeleines

by Sean Magrann-Wells as seen in We Love Madeleines

3/4 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
zest of 1 orange
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and kept warm, plus more for greasing the pans

1. In a small bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, granulated sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, and orange zest until thoroughly blended. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Add melted butter and mix until just incorporated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
3. Position rack in upper quarter of oven and another in center and preheat to 400 degrees. Generously great two madeleine pans with melted butter and dust with flour, tapping out excess.
4. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling 2/3 full, and bake, staggering the pans so that the top pan is not directly over the lower one, for 4 minutes. Then rotate the pans from front to back, and upper to lower, reduce the heat to 350 degrees, and bake about another 5 minutes more.
5. Let madeleines rest in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto rack and let cool.
6. Meanwhile, in a double boiler over simmering water, melt 8 ounces dark chocolate, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Dip each madeleine into chocolate, sprinkle with crumbled bacon (3 strips total), and dust lightly with the cayenne pepper. Return to wire rack and let set.

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 13:31:35

    Yum, you know I am a big fan of madeleines also and this one sounds amazing. Love bacon and chocolate and maple syrup. These are over the top delicious!

  2. Alison
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 13:34:53

    These look so good! I love the dipped look with the sprinkles, so pretty.

  3. markd60
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 14:56:48

    I think you’re stretching it pretty far. I can see chocolate and syrup getting along pretty well together, they’re both sweet. Bacon and pancakes go together, for breakfast. Pancakes and syrup go together, of course.
    However, based on what I’m reading here, it seems obvious that your next step is to attempt to create pure, chocolate covered bacon. This kind of twisted, sick thinking could cause the planet to explode, and I just can’t condone it. You’ll kill us all!

    Although it might taste pretty good….. Let me know if you decide to try it.

    Chocolate covered bacon, mmmmm

  4. Skylor (@sprout lifestyle)
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 15:49:23

    Have you ever been to Portland, OR and had the maple bacon bars at Voodoo Doughnuts? you’d love em!

  5. TrafficDiva
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 16:18:18

    Shut. The. Front. Door!!!!!! Drooooooling right now. No. Seriously.

  6. hotlyspiced
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 16:30:13

    I’ve never had bacon on a madeleine before. I would love to try the combination of bacon and dark chocolate xx

  7. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 17:06:47

    Chocolate + Bacon = heaven! I would love these!

  8. Norma Chang
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 17:12:23

    Love this, I would leave out the cayenne pepper though.

  9. Betty
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 18:24:09

    Would these be an appropriate breakfast? I think so! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Monet
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 19:08:55

    These look amazing! I just adore madeleines. I think chocolate and bacon is a brilliant combination. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Ronda
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 19:46:05

    I don’t know that I have ever had a Madeleine. These look like they would be a great place to start!

  12. Amelia
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 19:59:39

    Hi, this look very tempting and delicious, great combination.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  13. Inger Wilkerson
    Mar 05, 2013 @ 21:01:27

    You are certainly making the most of the cookbook–you could almost start a baking Madeleines group!

  14. Three Well Beings
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 00:15:13

    What a combination! These would be a very big hit in my family, let me tell you! I think I’m going to enjoy the graham cracker ones you’ve promised! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 00:25:51

    Did you say bacon!? The chocolate + bacon combination is something I haven’t tried myself (eating and cooking) so I have to do it! Wish I can have your delicious looking madeleines!

  16. Tandy
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 05:20:08

    I have to go and buy a Madeline tin. These look like I could eat the lot!

  17. kitchen flavours
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 06:37:56

    Your madeliene looks fantastic! I finally got some madeleine pans and have baked today my very first lavender madeleines! And looking forward to try other flavours!

  18. Chef Randall
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 09:40:16

    I have never made madeleines. I need to try this. Looks very tasty and unique combination, chocolate and bacon.

    Thanks for sharing, as well as your visits to my blog, Savor the Food. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Chef Randall

  19. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 11:15:16

    This sounds like a truly interesting and flavorful combo for a madeleine. Love the textures!

  20. squishymonster
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 13:24:15

    Now this is what I’m talkin’ about!

  21. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 19:12:16

    My husband and my brother would absolutely LOVE these! Wow!

  22. Natalie
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 20:42:15

    Wow these are GREAT! I love that you added bacon bites to these.

  23. tokyohamster
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 21:34:00

    Chocolate? Maple? Bacon? Umm… yes please!

  24. eatinglikeahorse
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 00:55:47

    I borrowed my mum’s madeleine tin at the weekend so I could make the other recipe you posted – but might have to try this one too!

  25. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 06:43:59

    These would taste fantastic! Love the combination of maple and bacon.

  26. Deepti
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 12:13:53

    Your Madeleine recipes are making me crazy! Just loving every single one..

  27. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 13:19:00

    Love this recipe. It has some of my favorites – bacon chocolate and map,r syrup. They have to be good.

  28. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 13:20:23

    Sorry for this spelling problem above – maple syrup.

  29. saffronandhoney
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 13:22:22

    Oh wow, all of my favorite things together – what a great sweet and savory combination.

  30. Mary
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 15:08:45

    Chocolate and bacon!!!!!!! and maple syrup !!! I can hardly control myself! tooo delicious
    Mary x

  31. Karen
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 15:34:59

    I would certainly like to try one of your madeleines…so different but I’m sure they are good.

  32. My Kitchen Stories
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 15:45:45

    I love the combination on these. who’d have thought you could do so much with Madeleines?

  33. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 17:50:32

    My boys think that bacon is one of the major food groups so it has to be good.

    Mar 07, 2013 @ 19:04:26

    Fantastic looking madeleinesโ€ฆand very intriguing flavors!! Yum!

  35. moderngirlnutrition
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:04:00

    So creative! And pretty, too!:)

  36. jessica
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:44:04

    chocolate and bacon what can you even say to that AMAZING


  37. ohfishiee
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 06:21:51

    it looks like eclairs, but i have always wanted to try chocolate with bacon!

    Latest: I Have Too Much Body Fat!

  38. SandraM
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 07:09:51

    You had me a maple syrup and bacon! (I’m Canadian, eh!) Hee hee. Those look amazing. Great job! I’ve never made madeleines before, but these ones are making me think I need to go out and buy a madeleine pan right away!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 07:40:08

    Maple…and bacon? Cookies? I think my head just exploded.

  40. Audrey Allure
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 11:32:24

    Bacon & chocolate is an interesting combo – looks good!

  41. andi winslow
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 13:56:50

    They look very pretty. Someday I will try making some madeleines. I need to purchase the little pan to bake them in. andi

  42. Shut Up & Cook
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 14:55:22

    These look incredible! Alas, my vegetarian friend who has justational diabetes is visiting, so afraid these are a double no-go this weekend, but going on the list next week!

  43. Melolimparfaite
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 18:44:17

    are you starting a specialized Madeleine cooking book ? sounds yummy !

  44. Jenn and Seth
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 22:00:26

    oh my gosh bacon and chocolate madeleines?!?!?!? i’m in love!!!

  45. Ingeniousmrs
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 22:15:22

    yummyyyy choclatyyyyyyyyy

  46. saucygander
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 15:43:05

    Bacon, chocolate, and madeleines? Wow!! I wish I could have one now.

  47. Amy Tong
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 18:51:07

    I love madeleines. With bacon and chocolate? Oh my. I can’t wait to try them….they look soooo good and decadent. Oh my. I need to make this, like NOW!

  48. Baking is my Zen
    Mar 09, 2013 @ 20:04:34

    Chocolate and bacon AND Madeleines…life is good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Alex
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 05:51:36

    I’m with all the others who have written a comment: chocolate, bacon and maple syrup? Y-u-m………….

  50. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Mar 10, 2013 @ 20:17:17

    Bacon, maple and chocolate? Oh my goodness. I can’t stand it! they look yummy!

  51. tastytreats13
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 16:44:11

    What a cool idea! I love madleines! To think of them dipped in chocolate and having bacon sprinkled over them sound amazing!

  52. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 13:06:07

    I have always wanted to try chocolate and bacon!! These look delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 20:01:59

    I love baking with maple syrup. Your Madeleines look great!

  54. cquek
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 02:33:38

    looks scrumptious with those easy-to-follow directions.

  55. Elaine
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 23:28:25

    They look pretty and the flavors sound really interesting.

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