Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Madeleines for the feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Madeleine is a French form of Magdalen (Mary Magdalen, a disciple of Jesus, is mentioned in all four gospels).

You can purchase these Classic Madeleine pans from Amazon.com



2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour twenty-four 3-inch Madeleine molds.

In a medium bowl beat eggs, vanilla and lemon zest with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar. Beat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thick and satiny.

Sift together the flour and baking powder. Sift one-fourth of the flour mixture over the egg mixture, gently fold in. Fold in the remaining flour by fourths. Then fold in the melted and cooled butter. Spoon batter into the prepared molds, filling 3/4 full.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and the top s spring back. Cool in molds on a rack for 1 minute. Loosen cookies with a knife. Invert cookies onto a rack and cool. Sift confectioners' sugar over the tops or melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and dip the tips in the chocolate. Store in an airtight container.
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  1. Thank you Ruth! These sound delicious!

    In FACT, since they are shaped like shells, they could also be made for the feast of St. James which is later this week, on July 25th! The symbol for St. James is the Shell.

    I am going to have to order one of those pans! :)

  2. I can't believe I haven't seen this site before! It's wonderful--thank you! I would love to see ideas posted a week or so in advance so they would be easier to incorporate into one's plans!
    Thanks again!--J.C.

  3. yes, it would be nice to have recipes (and pictures) posted in advance for those of us (me!) who are a little more "challenged" in the kitchen and need extra days to think and prepare.
    thanks for all you do share.

  4. My Madeleine pan arrived just in time and we thoroughly enjoyed these Madeleines for dessert tonight. My niece said eating them was just like eating little clouds!

  5. These look so delicious & I've been looking for a Madeleine recipe for so long. Glad to find it here. Thanks for sharing!