French Food Friday Chocolate Madeleines

recipe and photo from here
Continuing with the chocolate theme, I think that some chcolate madeleines are on the cards this weekend.  This is one of the best recipes that I have come across but  you need to chill this recipe overnight but they are well worth the wait as the result is a plump and moist petit cake.

Chocolate Madeleines


  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon (70 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3½ tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  • ⅓ cup plus two tablespoons (90 grams) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Grated zest of ¼ lemon (optional)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6½ tablespoons (3¼ ounces; 100 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature


  1. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder and set aside. If using the lemon zest, combine the sugar, salt and lemon zest in another bowl and rub the ingredients together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist, grainy and aromatic.
  2. Using a whisk, beat the eggs with the lemon-sugar mixture until blended. Squish the butter through your fingers and add to the bowl. You will be left with little clumps of butter in the mixture--this is okay. Beat in the butter with the whisk until it is evenly distributed. Whisk in the sifted flour mixture just until the flour is incorporated and mixture is smooth. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the batter and chill overnight. If you can't wait overnight, chill the batter for at least an hour before baking.
  3. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Butter a 12-mold madeleine pan then dust it with flour (even if you are using a nonstick pan) and tap out the excess.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the madeleine molds--you don't have to worry about spreading the batter on the molds, the heat will do that for you. Place the pan in the oven and use a wooden spoon to keep the oven door slightly ajar. Immediately turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake the cookies for 13 - 15 minutes, or until the cookies are domed and spring back when pressed lightly. Unmold the cookies and transfer them to a rack to cool to room temperature.

bon appetit à tous, Leeann 

p.s. For those of you looking for a madeleine tin, I have a couple available on my shop, you can find them here.


  1. Ideal timing! I have just bought the baking tray ideal for madeleines and was about to search for a recipe. Thank you from @jadorelyon!

  2. Sounds perfect for the weekend. Did you manage to get some jaffas ?

    1. Not yet Kerrie, I may just have to take you up on your very kind offer. We could do a swap some jaffas for some of my homemade jaffa friands :-)

      Leeann x


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