Just like wine or baguettes or cheese, madeleines are too synonymous with France. These mini cakes are crisp on the outside and spongy on the inside. Made with very basic ingredients, these shell shaped cookies with puffed center are a treat to have. Find the recipe inside!
Madeleines are tiny French cakes that are as popular as any other French dessert could be. These small spongy cookies or cakes were loved by Kings around the 17th century and were brought closer to the hearts of French people and their culture by a French Philosopher Proust around the early 1920s. Made up of very basic ingredients like eggs, flour, butter and sugar, these soft mini sponge cakes are shell shaped. Often considered a perfect companion of coffee, these mini cakes are spongy on one side and crispy on the other.
While some believe that the first madeleine was baked by Jean Avice, a pastry chef, some believe that it is much older. Commercy in Lorraine could be associated with madeleines as some believe it to be the place of their origin. A legend believes that Madeleine was a young girl who made her grandmother’s recipe. This was when ‘madeleine’ was created. If you are looking for the recipe of a classic French madeleine, here is the recipe!
If you don't have a proper madeleine pan or mould, you can freely use any other mould like a round mould, or a rectangular mould or even a muffin mould.