Tuesday, June 17, 2014


The Charm of Home: Madeleines
I have long wanted to make madeleines.  The madeleine is a small cake originating from the northeastern region of France.  Madelines are very small sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape acquired from the shape of the pan they are baked in.  I was so lucky that my sponsor Wholeport happen to have a fabulous madeline silicone baking pan.  

The Charm of Home: Madeleines
The madeleine baking mold was of food grade silicone and was a breeze to use and easy to clean up.  The cakes popped right out of the mold to make these delicious and beautiful tea cakes.  I was so happy with the performance of that mold!

For the recipe for the madeleines I turned to my new favorite cookbook Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts. by pastry chef Lei Shishak.  The madeleine is a shell shaped petite cake that is perfect and light for your summer menu.

The Charm of Home: Madeleines


1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating pan
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the Madeleine molds with pan spray and gently sift flour evenly over the molds.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla on high speed for 3 minutes until thickened and yellow.  Add the flour and baking powder and mix on low speed until combined.  Remove bowl from mixer and fold in the melted butter with a rubber spatula.  
Fill each mold with the batter.  Use a mini offset spatula to spread the batter out.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops are set.  Do not overbake.

*Note- I substituted the butter with canola oil.  I have a son who recently has developed a milk allergy.  The canola worked perfectly in this recipe.  I also dusted the cakes with confectioners sugar.

The Charm of Home: Madeleines
The Charm of Home: Madeleines
Here is the cake without the powdered sugar.  You can see how nicely the mold shaped them.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
A copy of this cookbook was provided to me for this post.
Beach House Baking is available now from Skyhorse Publishing. 

The Charm of Home: Madeleines
The transferware is by Johnson Brothers the pattern is Coaching Scenes.
Thank you to Wholeport.com for sponsoring this post!
I will link this to:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Encouraging Homemakers Link Party at Living From Glory to Glory
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party
Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Creative Ways link party at Posed Perfection
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
What I Made Yesterdayat Oh! My Heartsie Girl
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party


martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,
Mon petit gâteau préféré est bien la madeleine, que je surnomme ma copine !
Je mange souvent des copines !
Mes enfants ont été élevés avec les madeleines omniprésentes à la maison.
Je suis heureuse que vous la mettiez à l'honneur dans ce très ravissant billet.

❁ Gros bisous ❁

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have non-stick madeleine pans and every time I make them, I could eat the whole batch. The silicone form is interesting with a different shape than mine.
They certainly make an elegant tea time treat.

Unknown said...

That is ah so gorgeous place, I closed my eyes & imagined myself sitting in the first chair gazing out.. It felt wonderful!
DIY natural fabric dye

Betty said...

I have never heard of that cake, but it sounds so good and I have also never cooked in silicone before. Something I would like to try.

Beth in NEPA said...

Ahh, Madeleines. So simple in shape, so elegant. So good!!

Poppy said...

A beautiful presentation of a French classic; so tempting for tea!


Musings, Tea, and Me said...

After viewing your photos of these mouth-watering morsels, I am forced to try your recipe. I have a very similar pan and only hope mine come out as lovely. And yes, these are perfect for afternoon tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Whoops, lost my comment!
Your madeleines look lovely, Sherry. A nice little tea treat. I have never made them, in fact the only cakes I have ever eaten had come from Starbucks. Love your Coaching Scenes china! Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea.


Antiques And Teacups said...

I love madeleines! It's so nice they are easy and so pretty! I love your photos with the blue and white ironstone. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Martha's Favorites said...

I so love the tea cups your shared today. The cookies look yummy. Thanks for sharing with us today. Blessings, Martha

La Tea Dah said...

Lovely post! The Madelines with the blue china = perfection!

Sarah said...

Lovely! Madeleines are a favorite here!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Believe it or not I just found a Madeleine tin mold at goodwill for 99 cents! Can't wait to try your recipe!
Xo Kathleen

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Oh they look just wonderful....and I am loving your tea and saucer, gorgeous!

Kathy said...

Beautiful post, Sherry - LOVE Madelienes - adore your blue and white dishes - I'll have to check out the others! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Lou Lou Girls said...

This looks incredible! Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. It is always a pleasure to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

What a wonderful pan! I love the looks and taste of Madeleines. Never tried making them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.