TwD: Baking Madeleines with Julia


I’ve been a huge fan of homemade Madeleines ever since the French Fridays with Dorie group made honey-spiced Madeleines in September 2011. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had my share of the Starbucks Madeleines before, but once I invested in a specialty pan just for these little cakes, I haven’t touched a store-bought Madeleine since. My fondness for these cookies runs deep enough that my sister (Codename: Chunklet’s mom) gave me the We Love Madeleines cookbook for Christmas this year. So there was no way I was missing this week’s TwD: BwJ assignment!

This week’s Madeleine recipe seemed a bit more finicky than I expected. I suppose it’s because I made only half the recipe for my one Madeleine pan (seeing as the batter needed to be baked immediately). Anyway, this meant I was working with only a tablespoon and a half of melted butter, which proved a bit problematic in keeping melted. I had to nuke it twice to keep it liquidy.

The end result produced a delicious Madeleine, but they started losing their soft cakiness after 15 minutes! Maybe it’s been awhile since I’ve had Madeleines thanks to last month’s cleanse, but I’m not used to eating sweets immediately anymore. The first Madeleine from this batch was moist and tasty as opposed to the one I had 15 minutes later which was a bit stiff and dry. If you’d like to try your hand at these Madeleines, head over to this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia hosts, Katie and Amy Thisdell of Counter Dog, where they’ve posted the recipe.

65 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:30:18

    Hmmm, it does appear that a Madeleine pan (or cookbook) can change a life…

  2. Hotly Spiced
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:41:35

    What a great photo of a madeleine. I must get myself a madeleine pan. I bet every French kitchen has one xx

  3. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:58:02

    I love madeleines but have never baked them myself. Wish I had one of yours to enjoy with my coffee.

  4. Alison
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:00:56

    I am so investing in a madeleine pan in the future! These look great. You are a wonderful baker.

  5. Tandy
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:22:44

    It’s interesting how quickly the texture changed!

  6. markd60
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:03:55

    I’ve never heard of Madelines….

  7. isthisakeeper
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:33:42

    These were my first madeleines…fun to see they are a favorite of yours! πŸ™‚

  8. kitchen flavours
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:40:32

    Your madeleines looks perfuct! I can understand why you like madeleines so much, I’m thinking of getting the “We Love Madeleines” cookbook too!

  9. Cher
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 11:14:38

    No – it wasn’t you, the recipe was pretty dry. Yes, the butter was a bear to keep at the right consistency (I halved the recipe as well)

  10. saucygander
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:08:01

    Your madeleines are so pretty! I had the same experience: just out of the oven = crispy edges and that just baked soft freshness. Later in the day = much drier and getting stale. But I’d like to try other madeleines recipes.

  11. Deepti
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:47:50

    Great pictures! there are lot of other madeleines recipe from yours which is pending for me to try πŸ™‚

  12. Juliana
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:11:51

    I never baked madeleines…yours look perfect…I wish I could have a few of them with my cup of tea…yum!
    Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

  13. SandraM
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:43:06

    I’ve never baked madeleines, but I bought a pan after I saw the bacon maple ones you made! I didn’t try this TWD one this week. Yours looks so pretty.

    Apr 16, 2013 @ 15:33:43

    I found this recipe a little dry, too! Yours look so pretty….absolutely perfect!

  15. Ronda
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:08:00

    I hope that someday my Madeleines will look so perfect!

  16. apuginthekitchen
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:16:30

    They look perfect and most have a very short window before they become less moist at least in my experience Your photo is amazing,

  17. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:32:21

    These were definitely not cakey. Disappointing. Yours at least are pretty.

  18. Tammy
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 16:59:31

    Yes, that’s the huge drawback with this recipe: they just don’t keep well. I was bummed with the texture on day one and day two. What’s the opposite if a keeper? A thrower outer?:)

  19. tastytreats13
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 17:41:40

    Yum! I love madeleines! These look great!

  20. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 18:12:06

    wow! this is so impressive!

  21. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 18:38:27

    Your Madeleine’s look delicious. Great job:)

  22. tracy
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 18:51:03

    I still haven’t tried baking Madeleines. They are on my to try making soon list. I watched the Barefoot Contessa make them a couple weeks ago and they looked so delicious.


  23. teaandscones
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 20:14:44

    I will have to try the AMFT crecipe. How did I miss that? Mine were awfully dry, too, and I baked them for less time. Yours looks just fine.

  24. Joyti
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 20:29:38

    Madeleines are so much better fresh, I can see why you haven’t touched a store-bought since getting a madeleine pan. They’re a bit difficult to make, I think, but so good.
    These look really delicious!

  25. My Daily Bread Body and Soul ... Pray Cook Blog
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 21:11:08

    Picture perfect! Blessings, Catherine

  26. moderngirlnutrition
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 23:32:04

    Overload of delicious! πŸ˜‰ These sound amazing

  27. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 23:33:58

    Mine were a bit dry too, although my colleagues at work devoured them. I had only one pan and cut my recipe in half as well. Yours look fabulous.

  28. Balvinder
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 23:47:20

    After seeing another Madeline recipe from you,it seems worth to invest in the pan.

  29. Elaine
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 00:26:47

    Your madeleines look great! I was wondering how this recipe compared with some of the delicious looking madeleines you have made from the Madeleine book. I thought the batter was much stiffer than Dorie’s.

  30. Three Well Beings
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 00:49:09

    I have a beautiful little madeleine pan and would love to try a new recipe. I wonder what it is that made the madeleine change consistency. Of course everything always tastes a little better right out of the oven! πŸ™‚

  31. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 01:16:37

    I heard the old fashion madeleines cookies are going to be making a big comeback in 2013. You are way ahead of your time. They look gorgeous.

  32. Raymund
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 01:16:43

    I also love those small treats, nice with tea

  33. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 01:20:36

    Every time I go into a kitchenwear store I say I’m going to pick up a madeleine pan and then I see something shiny and off I go. These look brilliant!

  34. Anita Menon
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 02:25:11

    I feel like investing in a madeleine pan. these look fab

  35. Katerina
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 02:52:10

    I love madeleines but I have never tried to make them myself! Yours look very yummy!

  36. My Kitchen Stories
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 03:36:18

    I consider you to be a Madeline expert as you have baked more than anyone I know. So, I blame the recipe for being finicey. I am sure you are still the Queen!

  37. Constance Ant
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 04:17:29

    i always visit your blog at the wrong time! so hungry :/

  38. Gloria - My Pretty Paris
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 04:51:44

    I just love madeleines!!! With summer arriving, I should stop eating all these pastries πŸ˜‰
    xoxo my dear!

  39. purabinaha
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 06:24:03

    Bookmarked. Loved the recipe. Too bad that I haven’t had madeleines for months. Now I want to make them for sure!

  40. saffronandhoney
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 09:27:22

    I can smell them from over here. So beautiful!

  41. The Squishy Monster
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 12:12:09

    Makes me wanna dust off my Madeleine pan!

  42. Sara
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 12:16:27

    I was really surprised at how quickly they dried out. Overall, I just wasn’t impressed with these. I’m going to have to try a different recipe in the future!

  43. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 12:43:42

    I’ve never made these before but I love eating them πŸ™‚

  44. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 13:32:22

    I feels so out of the loop that I’ve never heard of these before!! How could this be?! They look amazingly good!

  45. Melolimparfaite
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 14:20:01

    Madeleines are the best !

  46. Mary Frances
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 14:22:36

    These look amazing! I guess you just have to eat them all at once… πŸ˜‰

  47. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 16:13:20

    You continue to encourage me to buy madeleine pans. πŸ™‚ I want these…I know homemade version is the best!

  48. loavesandstitches
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 17:06:32

    Yes, mine were dry as well. I must try another recipe to get my madeleine fix now.

  49. Cathleen
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 18:08:40

    Pretty madeleines. I liked the ease of making these, but they were not the greatest. I’ll have to try another recipe.

  50. Liz Weber Berg
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 18:22:48

    You definitely are a pro…your fluting looks perfect. I thought they were a bit dry, too…I wish I were a dunker, then they would have been fine πŸ™‚

  51. Amanda
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 19:44:03

    I guess I am going to have to try a few more recipes before I write off Madeleines as not my thing. Your cookies look lovely even if you didn’t love them.

  52. Zoe
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 22:19:34

    Your pretty madeleines is reminding me that I have more madeleines soon πŸ˜€

  53. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 06:54:52

    I can’t remember if I commented or not, my computer keeps freezing up! Anyhow, thise look perfect. My French friend makes these all the time and my boys go crazy for them!

  54. eatgreatbegreat
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 13:15:24

    I love madeleines! It’s been so long since I had one. I don’t have the special pan, but I must buy one and try making them myself.

  55. The Sketched Chef
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 13:40:46

    they look incredibly good !
    Very impressive πŸ™‚

  56. jora
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 14:42:51

    These definitely don’t keep very well! Yours do look perfect.

  57. Beth
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 15:43:34

    Your madeleines look lovely. And I’m still in awe of your cleanse!

  58. bakerbynature
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 18:52:07

    I just ordered a madeline tin to-day! FATE!!!

  59. cecilia
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 19:59:09

    My mother had a cast iron madeleine tin.. and it fell through the cracks of time.. grrr.. c

  60. Kambrook (@KambrookAU)
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 21:22:23

    I’ve never made madeleines, but love eating them. Yours looks so good.

  61. cakewhiz
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 21:42:24

    homemade treats are always better than store bought stuff πŸ™‚
    I have been thinking of buying a madeline pan so i can try out some of these recipes…They look so pretty and i am sure they would taste great with a cup of my spiced dark coffeee…yum!

  62. Cakelaw
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 02:12:31

    Wow, a whole cookbook devoted to mads – that is devotion. I liked these well enough, but not enough to give them another run.

  63. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 05:38:31

    I need to get myself the pan so I can make these, too! They always look so light and yummy.

  64. Marta @ Co dziΕ› zjem na Ε›niadanie
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 06:25:49

    This is a reason to finally buy a form for madeleines.

  65. Amelia
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 10:54:19

    Hi, your madeleines look really good. Great to go with coffee. πŸ™‚

    Best regards..

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