TwD: BCM (Not Really) Lemon Madeleines


I’m no stranger to making madeleines. These tasty little cakes that are scalloped on one side and super-humpy on the other have appeared on my blog six different times featuring six different flavors.

In this week’s Baking Chez Moi assignment, Dorie took the madeleines a step further by adding a lemon and powdered sugar glaze to the domed sides. Well, I didn’t have any powdered sugar to make the glaze and didn’t feel like running out to get any on Sunday when I made these. I suppose I could’ve picked some up on Monday, but I had to cover the Bulls-Grizzlies game that same evening and knew I wouldn’t have the discipline to not eat these cakes until then. So, instead, I brought them to work to share with a select few co-workers sans glaze on Monday, which still turned out to be a hit!

Although these were supposed to be lemon favored from the glaze, that clearly didn’t happen in my case. I was also out of honey and again refused to make a trip for an item I only needed a tablespoon of, so I used organic agave nectar instead. These madeleines were still tasty nonetheless. I’d definitely make them again. And maybe I’ll try out the glaze next time.

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41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 07:13:57

    I think I’d love these with the lemon glaze but I’d definitely eat them all without too.

  2. I Wilkerson
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 07:19:49

    Dorie’s recipes always look so good–I really do need to consider one of the baking groups! I wouldn’t have been able to wait to eat them either!

  3. Shut Up & Cook
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:15:55

    In Paris right now, so this post couldn’t be more timely! These look delicious…thanks for sharing.

  4. smarkies
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:52:01

    I ran out of honey too! So I ended up making mine with some maple syrup instead. I didn’t glaze them either but thought they were pretty good nonetheless.

  5. Joyce, kitchen flavours
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:48:58

    I skipped the glaze too, and sprinkle them with icing sugar instead. These madeleines are so yummy!

  6. Ayesha
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 12:11:45

    looks so yum.. 🙂

  7. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 16:05:27

    A lovely job. They look delicious:)

  8. Norma Chang
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 18:12:49

    I would gladly devour them with or without the glaze.

  9. Liz
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 19:06:16

    I’m glad these were still a hit—and that you didn’t need to run out for any ingredients 🙂

  10. Rachelle
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 21:31:27

    I too didn’t glaze them but think the lemon zest in the sugar gave these enough citrus flavor to really enjoy. Your Madeleines certainly look like they wouldn’t be there a day longer awaiting a glaze, nor would they last that long in my home either ;0)
    ~Happy baking to you!

  11. Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 22:37:59

    After reading these comments it is clear that this is a recipe that is easily changed. They sound so good!

  12. The Foodie Affair
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 23:38:01

    Yum! I would eat these with or without glaze! They look great!

  13. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:02:52

    I also don’t like to add ingredients to my pantry that I need such a little of. I still have to try and make madeleines 🙂

  14. Traffic Diva
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 03:42:02

    I’ll take a batch please!!! 😊

  15. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:25:13

    What a tasty little dessert! I love lemon in just about anything!

  16. Monica
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:52:57

    Love that you improvise and are not afraid to be a little creative with a recipe. I love a fresh madeleine and I’d likely prefer it without a glaze anyway. Lovely!

  17. sprinklesandsauces
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 08:17:56

    we are definite strangers to madeleines but are totally intrigued!

  18. gourmetgetaway
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 10:37:32

    Smelling good just by lookin’ ;P

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  19. zosia
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 14:11:08

    What beautiful colour on your madeleines! I added the glaze to most of mine but they were quite delicious without.

  20. mysfkitchen
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 14:26:19

    I have always wanted to try these! They look so yummmmmy!

    Mar 11, 2015 @ 15:15:55

    These were wonderful…loved the lemony glaze! A keeper for sure! Yours look beautiful!

  22. Daniela
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 15:41:24

    That’s what I call a sweet temptation par excellence 🙂

  23. Cher
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 18:59:49

    Glaze or no glaze – these were good.

  24. alisahuntsman
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 20:27:50

    these are so easy to make that you should try another batch with the glaze-they will not disappoint!

  25. tracy
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 21:15:22

    Madeleines are such pretty cookies. I have never made them but would love to learn how.

  26. hotlyspiced
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 22:37:38

    It looks like you successfully improvised. I do love madeleines xx

  27. ashley
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 23:04:38

    Nice improvising using the agave nectar! These sounds fabulous!

  28. Culinary Flavors
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 04:06:49

    They look so inviting!

  29. Cakelaw
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 05:19:30

    These were tasty. I don’t bother to run out and get ingredients either if I have a good substitute available.

    Mar 12, 2015 @ 07:43:15

    Perfectly beautiful madeleines!! I would think agave would work just as well! I loved this recipe!

  31. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 18:06:11

    oh, the glaze was optional anyway. they look fab–I’m sure your coworkers enjoyed!

  32. Nana
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 19:05:52

    They do look scrumptious, and you really do not have to glaze them, they
    are delicious plain.

  33. Margaret @approachingfood
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 20:03:37

    They look great! I hope your co-workers appreciate them! 🙂

  34. Marcela (tortadellafiglia)
    Mar 13, 2015 @ 20:16:31

    These Lemon Madeleines look awesome!

  35. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Mar 13, 2015 @ 23:44:55

    Why run out to the store, if you really don’t need to. They look wonderful, and of course they would still be quite tasty. If you do make them again, the glaze is a nice touch.

  36. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 07:33:34

    I love lemon treats and these look wonderful!

  37. goldenlifephx
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 10:14:11

    Ooh-I love agave nectar. Good to know that you can sub that in since I always have some on hand. I bet it mixed in quite a bit better too. The madeleines look so pretty against that gorgeous plate.

  38. Raymund
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 14:08:24

    NIce little treats is what we call them, I would love some now after looking at your post.

  39. Juliana
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 23:24:44

    These look pretty good…I don’t think I would miss themeless glaze…
    Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  40. saffronandhoney
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 06:52:20

    They look so perfectly shaped – I like how madeleines just fit perfectly into the palm of your hand 🙂

  41. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 21:36:49

    with or without the glaze they look delicious!!!!

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