Baby Lemon Madeleines

by | Aug 15, 2011 | 16 comments

Baby Lemon Madeleines 


Our citrus trees have been hibernating for the longest time now. I had given up on our Meyer lemon and Australian lime trees. But this weekend, I saw Nick hard at work mulching, feeding, water and weeding around them. Just a little TLC and they already look ready for the warmer months. Maybe there is hope.


Buying oranges from a farm gate in Dural.


I have been buying a lot of citrus fruits lately. Just yesterday we drove through the very beautiful rural district of the Hornsby Shire and bought some more. The Shire is mottled by huge landscaped farms and rustic fences. There are fresh produce shacks sitting stoic and proud at the top of many driveways with bags of freshly picked produce and the little beat up money box on the side. It is a lot of fun and a source of much amusement for the boys to make random stops, pick up gigantic bags of oranges or potatoes and drop some money in the money box.
For breakfast, I whipped up a batch of fresh lemon baby madeleines. They are very popular in our home, especially the little ones that are baked in this gorgeous French made baby madeleine pan I have. They are perfect for popping with a glass of juice or cup of tea and literally melt in your mouth.
Baby Lemon Madeleines
Lemon madeleine recipe card.
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Baby Lemon Madeleines


Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Baking Time - 10 minutes (Batch 1) + 10 minutes (Batch 2)
Makes - 40 small madeleines OR 24 large madeleines


180g butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup caster sugar
grated rind of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 eggs
1 and 1/4 cups plain flour, unsifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
butter (or cooking oil spray) to grease pans
icing/vanilla sugar to serve


Preheat oven to 180C.
In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar and eggs with an electric beater until pale and creamy. Add the rind, lemon juice, flour and baking powder. Beat for a minute or two until combined and smooth.
Grease madeleine pan with a spray of cooking oil or butter. Spoon madeleine mixture into each hole to 2/3rd of the hole's capacity.
Bake in pre heated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack using a butter knife to loosen it from the pan very gently.
Serve with a dusting of icing or vanilla sugar.




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  1. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I adore madeleines and these little baby lemon ones are just too cute!

  2. kankana

    I love lemon in cake .. and make it so often. I am addicted to Madeleines and these days I stop myself from buying these. YOurs looks so cute and love the texture .. soo fluffy and light

  3. Janine

    When I saw 10 minutes, I was in disbelief but it really looks very doable! And love your photographs - they're so lovely!

  4. Jennifer @ eatyourvegetable

    Those look lovely! I've had a mini madeleine pan on my wishlist for a while now, might be time to get it!

  5. blackbookkitchendiaries

    this looks so pretty! thank you for sharing this with us and have a great day.

  6. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    omg so pretty! Great post!

  7. Deb

    Exquisite little morsels! Very much like the photo array, can just smell the fragrant lemons.

  8. Petra

    Love how the little road side stall looks so quaint & beautiful in your photo 🙂

  9. Manju

    Ohh look how cute the baby madelines look! and they look like they would just melt in your mouth! Lovely. Got here through babble and I am happy I did or what!?!

  10. Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    These look so cute and airy. Love the lemony fabric in the last picture.I need to get a madeleine pan!

  11. Kelly

    These are just SO cute and look absolutely delicious! Love your blog and so glad to be a new follower! xoxo

  12. KayB

    ooooh these look divine! What a perfect breakfast treat 🙂

  13. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen

    wow. How cute are these. Lovely. I love your rack by the way.

  14. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Love the mini size and these look really yummy!

  15. Phuoc'n Delicious

    You know I've bought 2 madeleine pans years ago but still haven't made them yet. I wanted to make chocolate ones but these lemon ones sound beautiful and refreshing.

    I like your recipe card, perhaps make the text a little bigger (it just seems small in comparison to everything else in the picture)?

  16. Martyna @ Wholesome Cook

    Hi Sneh, you had me at lemon! Loving citrus at the moment too, so zingy and fresh and surprisignly comforting in winter. Your madelines look gorgeous, I haven't got a madeline tray but might make them in a mini cupcake tin for my next church morning tea! 🙂


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