Apple and Honey Madeleines


These small, feather-light French sponge cakes, believed to have originated in the town of Commercy in Lorraine, were made famous by Marcel Proust, who sang their praises in his novel Remembrance of Things Past. Madeleines are delicious dipped in coffee or tea.


  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at
  •  room temperature, plus more for brushing
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1/2 cup (140 g) apple puree

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the 6 Tbs. (3⁄4 stick) butter until it starts to brown and gives off a nutty aroma, about 3 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and set aside to cool.
Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour and baking powder; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on high speed until pale yellow and thick, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and honey and beat until thick, about 5 minutes.
Reduce the speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, then apple puree and melted butter and beat until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill the batter for 2 hours.


Preheat an oven to 375ºF. Butter madeleine mold and place on a baking sheet.
Whisk the batter briefly. Fill each prepared well three-fourths full of batter. Bake until the madeleines are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Immediately invert the mold onto a wire rack and remove the madeleines, using a toothpick to gently loosen them, if needed. Let the mold and the baking sheet cool completely, then repeat with more butter, flour and the remaining batter.
Makes about 24 madeleines.



Dzoli said...
September 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

Madelains my mother makes teh best:) I still have to buy a proper baking dish for them;)Greta taht you posted a recepie;)

Cucina49 said...
September 30, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

These look great--perfect for the Jewish holidays, too!

Amy said...
September 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM  

These are perfect for fall! They are so lovely and the combination of apple and honey in a madeleine sounds delicious!

Beth @ Beth Michelle said...
October 1, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

Your madeleines are beautiful and the flavors are wonderful together. Perfect for a Rosh Hashanah celebration!

Ann said...
October 2, 2011 at 12:12 AM  

I LOVE that you did maple and honey madeleines instead of traditional ones. Your pictures are absolutely STUNNING! Buzzed!

Alpana said...
October 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

What a wonderful recipe & I am always floored by your presentation......what beautiful pics!!!!!!!! Amazing

Grubarazzi said...
October 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM  

By far my favorite pictures of the day. So lovely. This looks too good to eat!

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