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Making French Madeleines for Tea Time

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I have been drinking a lot of tea lately. For me, coffee is my drink of choice when I need to get something done, but when I want to relax– it is a cup of hot tea all the way. Because I have been drinking a lot of hot tea, I decided to find my inner Julia Child and bake a batch of French Madeleines — the perfect tea cookie. They go great with a cup of Bigelow Tea.

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There is something about a cup of hot tea in the afternoon, a good book, and a blanket. For me, that symbolizes relaxation at its best.

Did you know that tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world and 82% of Americans drink tea—that’s more than 158 million people who count tea as a top beverage choice. I am proud to say that I count myself in that number now as a tea drinker.

I decided that since January is hot tea month, I would head to Walmart and stock up on my favorite tea brand – Bigelow Tea! You will find them right on the coffee aisle.

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I picked up 3 different flavors to give myself a variety. They have so many options available and they all have great flavor.

I can “tea proudly” when I choose Bigelow because the price is perfect, the flavor is amazing, and the freshness is exactly what I want in a hot tea beverage.

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So here is how I make these amazing French Madeleines —

If you have ever seen this recipe before, it can look pretty daunting — but I promise it is not. There are just a few ingredients — butter, sugar flour, eggs, and vanilla — and of course a lemon – but forgot that in the picture. That's it.

French Madeleines ingredient list

You will have to purchase a French Madeleine pan. I found mine at the food store located in my town, but I am sure you can locate one online.

Madeleines are delicious when eaten just from the oven and cooled until barely warm. They will keep for a day or two in an airtight container, but will start to lose that nice crisp texture after awhile. They are simply at their best when super fresh.

To make you need —

4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Powdered sugar (optional)

Be sure to butter and flour your pan because that will ensure that your cookies don't stick.

french madeleines pan shot

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.

Prepare the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in separate bowls. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside.

In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.

Now — my tip to make your cookies taste their lightest? Sift the dry ingredients together.

french madeleines sift

Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.

french madelines mixture

Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator. Fill each well in the Madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.

french madeleines pan 2

Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle.

Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.

Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

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Like I said before — they go great with a cup of hot tea. The cookie acts like a sponge and soaks up that delicious flavor and when you take a bite, it is pure heaven on a plate.

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Making French Madeleines for Tea Time

Making French Madeleines for Tea Time

Ingredients

  • 4 oz 1 stick, plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump -- when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

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rika

Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe! i love French madeleines, can't wait to try this

Lynndee

Monday 16th of January 2017

I've never had French Madeleines before. Looks so good! Thanks for the easy recipe. I sure would love to pair it with my tea.

Shannon Gurnee

Sunday 15th of January 2017

Bigelow Tea is my favorite tea brand. Your French Madeleines sound absolutely amazing!

Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

Sunday 15th of January 2017

These look perfect with tea time! I love the mold for these - they are so french and elegant! I enjoy a mug of tea a few times a day!

uprunforlife

Saturday 14th of January 2017

Those look delicious. I haven't tried french madeleines before.

I should have gotten some mint tea while I was at the store. The weather is terrible here and warm tea would help keep me warm.

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