Honey almond madeleines

Honey almond madeleines

The Sugar Hit!
12 large madeleines
Chris Middleton

There is a very famous writer who once mentioned madeleines in his work. And then for the next 100 years, every food writer in the world WOULDN’T STOP MENTIONING IT. I’ve made it my professional mission to never use that particular madeleine story, and I’m not about to start, because I don’t think these little cookie-cakes need the help. They are tender, shell-shaped, miniature cakes, rich with browned butter (the secret weapon), scented with honey (pick a strong one) and served warm, straight from the oven. Screw Proust, let’s bake!


Quantity Ingredient
100g butter, plus extra to grease
2 eggs
80g caster sugar
1 tablespoon honey, plus extra to serve
100g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons almonds, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and brush a non-stick madeleine tin liberally with butter.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium–low heat, then continue to cook the butter until it foams up, turns a golden brown colour and begins to smell nutty. This will take about 4–5 minutes all up. Once the butter is browned, take it off the heat, pour it into a small bowl and leave it to cool.
  3. Put the eggs, sugar and honey in a large mixing bowl and whisk on high speed (or use a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment) until they have doubled in volume, and become mousse-y and pale. With the mixer on medium speed, stream in the butter and whisk until incorporated. Turn off the mixer and stir through the flour and baking powder.
  4. Spoon the batter into the madeleine tin, filling each indent about two-thirds full (you may need to do two or even three batches, depending on the size of your tin). Scatter over a light layer of the almonds and bake for 7–10 minutes, or until golden brown and the madeleines spring back when touched lightly. Serve warm, drizzled with extra honey.
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