The Madeleines

According to History, the Madeleine of Commercy was born in the kitchen of the duke Stanislas Leszczynski Castel that is located in Commercy in France.

An evening of 1755, the duke gave a great reception but his cook resigned after a fight with some staff member leaving them without desert, One of the hosts, the marquise of Perrotin asked  her waitress to make an original pastry for this reception. the Waitress named Madeleine Paulmier made the desert using her Grandmother recipe.

The guests loved so much this pastry that the duke decided to name it after her,  that is why the name of this pastry is : Madeleine.

The Madeleines became famous from the end of the 19 century until the second world war  because of “Les Vendeuses de madeleines” those women that filled their  baskets of Madeleines and yelled loudly in order to sell them in the train station of Commercy. The travels were rushing to get the Madeleines before continuing their trips to Paris or other destinations.
Les Vendeuses de Madeleines                      Les Vendeuses de madeleines (Source : academie du gout)

So, today I decided to share with you the recipe of this pastry, I choose the  lemon Madeleine  which is the classic one and the easiest one, I hope you will try to make this easy pastry and will definitely notice the huge difference between a homemade Madeleine and the one that you get from the market.

I keep the weights of the ingredients in grams to avoid rounding them and giving you wrong measures,  I suggest you to use a scale that indicates the weight in grams.

Ingredients :

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Lemons zest
  • Tea spoon backing powder
  • 100 g flour
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix well the eggs, the sugar and the lemons zest .
  • Incorporate the sifted flour and the baking powder to the previous mixture.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Poor little by little the melted butter on the previous mixture.
  • Cover the preparation for 3 hours.
  • Fill half of each Madelines mold, don’t fill them to the top because the Madeleines will inflate while baking.
  • Bake at 392 F (200 c)form 10 mintues to 15 minutes

39 comments on “The Madeleines

  1. I love Madeleines but I’ve never made them myself! I’ll definitely have to give your recipe a try though since I have a madeleine pan collecting dust in my cupboard

    • haha Nellwyn, try this recipe it is very easy, you gonna see the difference between the homemade one and the commercial one :)

  2. Yum! I love treats especially when they come in the form of pastries :p
    You made this sound so easy to do. I shall give it a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. I have already tasted a bread like this, I just don’t know what it is called but I can still remember its super tasty treat.

    • Hi Sarah, it is not a bread it called Madeleine, it is a french pastry, you can find it in the market but i don’t advice you eat those one they are not healthy ^^

  4. I just attempted to make a rosemary parmesan madeleine and it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I”m going to use your recipe next time I try!

    • Hi Krysten, the salted Madeleine are hard to do especially with Parmesan, the cheese contain a lot of fat that prevent the Madeleine from swelling and having the shape expected, but you can still make it again and again until you get the result expected :)

  5. The have this vegan egg stuff now so maybe I’ll try making a vegan version of this. I’m not sure how it will turn out but worth a shot.

  6. I can only imagine how good homemade madeleines are! I’ve always wanted to make them for the blog but never really knew how – if I get around to making them, I’ll try your recipe first because it looks amazing!

    I am so excited to have found your blog so that I can learn more about Algerian and French baking!

    • Thank You Erin, my pleasure, try this recipe it should be easy and I am happy that you like my blog, I just found yours and it looks I will spent some time on it .

  7. Those look yummy. I actually have all those ingredients minus the lemon zest. I will have to try making these for my brunch Sunday.

  8. I am hearing about the Madeleines for the first time, but I remember a similar type of snack gifted by one of my Indian neighbor few years back during a festival. The recipe looks amazing and I am sure it is going to be easy to prepare as well.

  9. I love this! It’s quite easy to make and it’s the perfect match to your afternoon tea! I think Madeleines are simply delightful!

  10. I’ve never tried making a madeleine myself and it would be nice to give it a try! Thanks for the lovely recipe, you sure make it seem easy!

  11. I can’t wait till weekend to bake and try this and surprise the fam :) Thank you thank you for sharing this looks like pretty easy to make ^ ^

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