Madeleines are a very delicate tea-time treat. They are best served warm, and absolutely must be served fresh. The great news is that you can make the batter in advance, even the night before. And they only need cooking for 6 minutes or so.

There are lots of things you can use to flavour madeleines: try using lemon or orange – just add zest and a little juice, or 85g of chocolate chips, or in this case: vanilla.

The recipe I’m following comes from Annie Bell’s Baking Bible.


  • 2 eggs
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 80g unsalted butter, melted

Mix together the eggs, sugar, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Sieve and fold in the salt, flour and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, gently melt the butter. Allow to cool slightly and fold into the other ingredients.

Put cling film over your bowl and refrigerate the batter until you are ready to use it.

Preheat the oven to 240C (or 220C for a fan oven).

Grease your madeleine tin with melted butter, or Cake Release.

Put about a teaspoon of the batter in each mould.

Place the tin in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 220C (or 200C for a fan oven). Cook for 4 minutes.

After 4 minutes reduce the temperature of the oven to 190C (or 170C for a fan oven). Cook for a further 2-5 minutes.

Run a knife around the edge of each of your madeleines, and allow them to cool in the tin. If you like you can dust with icing sugar before eating.