Unit converter



Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)

Little One is now almost 3 and 1/2 years old. What a difference a year makes! Now she is talking non-stop at times, singing to her heart content when she wakes up in the morning until she reaches school. Holding a conversation with her is quite amusing - the things she thinks and says. Just eavesdropping on her imaginary conversation with her dolls or teddy or toy phone is enough to make you double up with laughter.

Like every first time mother, I was very protective with her at the beginning. Luckily for me, I have a wonderful mother-in-law who reminds me now and then to let go and let my kid explore, be adventurous, basically let her grow and blossom. It was my mom-in-law who let her wash her first dishes together with her, her first stir-fry on wok standing on a chair next to a stove so proud of herself, taught her how to crack an egg properly, let her help to make an apple tart, showing her how to pick mushrooms, picking berries and apples with no worms in it, collecting walnuts etc. Watching my mom-in-law and my daughter doing things together makes me marvel at her ever patience. That really humbled me and made me resolved to be more patient as well.

Baking with kids isn't the easiest thing to do and lots of patience is required. Obviously you have to be prepared for messiness, flour and sugar all over the place, bits of egg shells in the batter etc. Only do this with them when you have the time at hand. Please note that I made the madeleines with Little One using Method 1.

Since my daughter can't really recognize numbers yet, I get her to participate by letting her scoop the flour & sugar, putting it the weighing scale bowl, letting her cut & weight the butter too (but some of it ended in her stomach instead). She's also getting good at zesting a lemon. I think the part she loves most is cracking the eggs and she did a very good job indeed (no egg shell bits in the batter, yay!).

Now that she is bigger and stronger, I was able to let her hold the hand-held electric whisk on her own and beat the batter all by herself. Any attempts on my part to help her is met with a scowl. LOL! Once the batter is ready, she buttered the little cups using a pastry brush.

As she is still a little bit too young to scoop and put the batter properly on a madeleine tray by herself without having batter all over the place, I took charge of a small spoonful of batter and let her drop it into the madeleine cups. Then in they went into the oven. This was so much fun! I look forward to another baking session with her.

Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)
Ingredients
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 pkt baking powder (11 g)
  • 150 g softened butter
  • 6 eggs
  • zests of 1 lemon
Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)
Directions

Method 1

  1. Preheat oven at 200°C ( 400°F - gas mark 6).
  2. Mix plain flour and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a big bowl, whisk sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Incorporate the eggs one by one, making sure egg is combined with batter before adding the next.
  5. Add in the lemon zests.
  6. Stir in flour and mix until combined.
  7. Coat madeleine tray well with butter using a pastry brush.
  8. Scoop a table spoonful (not a big one) of batter and fill it into each mould. Doesn't need to spread it out, it will level itself in the oven.
  9. Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the madelines are golden brown and a small mount appears on top.
Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)

Method 2

  1. Preheat oven at 200°C ( 400°F - gas mark 6).
  2. Separate the egg yolks and white and set aside.
  3. Mix plain flour and 1½ tsp baking powder together in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a big bowl, mix sugar and softened butter together.
  5. Incorporate the eggs one by one, making sure egg is combined with batter before adding the next. Whisk the batter until it is light and creamy.
  6. Add in the lemon zests and the flour. Mix until combined.
  7. Beat egg white until stiff peaks formed and it stick to the bowl when held upside down.
  8. Delicately incorporate the stiff egg white into the batter.
  9. Coat madeleine tray well with butter using a pastry brush.
  10. Scoop a table spoonful (not a big one) of batter and fill it into each mould. Doesn't need to spread it out, it will level itself in the oven.
  11. Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the madelines are golden brown and a small mount appears on top.
Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)
The Verdict

The madeleines are very fluffy and moist on the inside with light crunchy coating on the outside when it is freshly out of the oven. They smells heavenly and taste likewise - just a light tint of lemon flavour and not too sweet. Delicious with tea. They still taste great the next day - it remains soft and moist on the inside, however the surface has lost its crunchy coating. Not only it is 100% better than those I bought from the store, it is also very easy and quick to whip up.

Both methods are good although I find the 2nd method is a little bit more compact than Method 1. Pierre, hubby, however didn't find any difference between the 2 methods. Well, if you ever try both methods, do drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Notes

Baking time of the above madeleines depends on how hot is your oven and how big is your madeleine mould. Initially I tried baking it at 15 minutes as per cooking instructions but found my 1st batch was way too brown at this duration and had to adjust the timings to fit my oven. I would suggest to first try it at 10 minutes, if your madeleines aren't golden brown, let it bake for another 2 minutes or so.

Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)Madeleines (Lemon Flavoured)
20 comments.
#1, by nachiketa (10/27/2009)

To be baking with your little one... that's so wonderful...:-)

I had fun with baking with my kid sister... Posted at
1. http://thevariable-nachiketa.blogspot.com/2008/12/daksyani-making-quiche.html
2. http://thevariable-nachiketa.blogspot.com/2008/10/daksyani-making-chocolate-fudge.html

#2, by LCOM (10/27/2009)

Oh, I love madeleines, looks great! Wow, your girl so big already! My little also wants to help when I bake, but thus far I only let the elder one do all the work. LOL!

#3, by deeba (10/27/2009)

Awwww Pam, your poppet is growing up & making madeleines! WOW...& she's good at it. My daughter, at 13, gets up on holidays & makes her own French toast, & yes, it's cracking the egg that gives her greatest joy!! Need I add, she leaves all the cleaning for me to do! Sigh!!
BIG HUG!!!!

#4, by tigerfish (10/27/2009)

Little cooking ninja in the making:-D

#5, by Memoria (10/28/2009)

I've never seen madaleines like these before! Lovely! Your little helper is also very cute.

#6, by Meeta (10/28/2009)

oh yes! i love lemon flavored mads. they are my fave kinds! and baking with the kids is always a blast!

#7, by MaryMoh (10/28/2009)

Awwww....your daughter is so pretty & adorable. I always love to see kids learning how to make stuff especially in cooking. It's a great investment into their future. It's always the best time to train them in their characters and teach them about life too.

#8, by ovenhaven (10/28/2009)

Awww, your lil baking assistant looks so adorable:-) My 3+ year old niece is also in her baking phase; I'll add this to the list of baking activity recipes with her!:-D

#9, by The Little Teochew (10/28/2009)

Oh, your madeleines are beautiful. Your lil girl is even more so! She's gonna be good in the kitchen ... showing lots of promise already!

#10, by The Purple Foodie (10/28/2009)

I love the dainty shape of madeleines but I don't seem to find the pan here. Need to scout for one!

#11, by Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 (10/28/2009)

I am tempted to get the madeleines mold one day. I can buy them in Basel : ) Little V enjoys cooking and baking as much as you ; )

#12, by Juliana (10/29/2009)

Lemon madeleines? I am sure that will love it since I like everything that is lemony:-) Your daughter is so cute...

#13, by Kate (10/30/2009)

Would you like to contribute this post to Foodshots, an online collaborative arts project that showcases the very best in food blogging? You can read more about it here.

Please send me an email to foodshots [dot] fs [at] googlemail [dot] com if you would like me to add your post to the Foodshots collection.

#14, by Sophie (11/01/2009)

MMMMMMMMM,...your madeleines look so lovely, tasty & I would like to savour at least 3!!

MMMMMMMMMM,..;all the way!!

#15, by Sylvia (11/01/2009)

I love to read your experiences as newly mother, is so kind.The madeleines sound delicious and looks very fluffy as you said

#16, by Bethany (Dirty Kitchen Secrets) (11/02/2009)

WHat a bundle of joy! Look at her so lovely making those madeleines! Yummy recipe!!!

#17, by s (11/03/2009)

very nice pics..

#18, by Trissa (11/05/2009)

Your little one is so cute! And the madeleines look fab - especially the chocolate marbled ones!!

#19, by Aparna (11/09/2009)

Your madeleines look good. Its always fun baking with kids as they approach everything with so much enthusiasm.
I've never made them as I couldn't find the moulds here. Now, I have something close, I have to try making them soon.

#20, by Jeanne (11/23/2009)

Mmmm, I love madeleines! God to see you are instilling the love in your little one from a young age:-)