Madeleines with Lemon Curd


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I am rather surprised that it has taken me this long to try this popular recipe from Rachel Khoo. In my defence, I already had a madeleine recipe to which I have been faithful to for many years, plus I felt that Rachel’s recipe was a bit fiddly for me. And with a tiny tot distracting me whenever I am in the kitchen, I didn’t think I was safe around multi-step recipes.

But then a good friend produced these madeleines at one of our playdates, and again recently at her son’s birthday party. As I found myself secretly scoffing far too many of these madeleines and ignoring the birthday cake, I realised that it was probably about time that I got myself out of my current one-pot/one-bowl cooking rut which plagues a lot of busy mothers.

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As with most madeleine recipes, the batter needs to rest for a few hours for the gluten to swell and to produce a light and spongey cake. And as the lemon curd benefits from overnight rest in the fridge, this means you can make the both the batter and lemon curd the night before, saving you preparation time on the actual day of serving.

The lemon curd recipe is relatively straightforward; the recipe produces very little curd, but it is still too much to fill all of the madeleines, so you should be able to enjoy any leftover curd with your toast at breakfast the next day. At a pinch, you could instead use good, store-bought lemon curd.

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The baking method for the madeleines is a little unusual, in that they need to be baked first at a high temperature, before the oven is switched off for a minute, and then switched back on at a slightly cooler temperature. This seems to be Rachel Khoo’s method for making madeleines with their characteristic bump, although they were disappointingly absent from mine. That said, it could have something to do with the fact that I didn’t bake the cakes with cold batter straight from the fridge, which is one of the secrets to achieving a big bump – one of the perils of food blogging is that much time is spent pfaffing around with the camera, letting the ingredients warm in the process. Another thought is perhaps the addition of the raspberries might interfere with the formation of the bump?

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But bump or no bump, these madeleines are incredibly delicious. The raspberries are a pretty touch and are piped with just enough lemon curd to tingle your taste buds. I regret waiting so long to try this recipe but I will certainly make up for lost time now!

You can watch Rachel Khoo make these madeleines from The Little Paris Kitchen below:

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Recipe adapted from The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
Serves: 20-24 cakes
To make the lemon curd, place the zest and juice of 1 lemon into a small saucepan with a pinch of salt, 40 g (1½ oz) caster sugar, and 45 g (1¾ oz) butter. Heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in 2 egg yolks. Return the saucepan to the stove over low-medium heat, and whisk constantly until the mixture starts to thicken to the consistency of a thick custard. Pass the lemon curd through a fine sieve into a small bowl. Cover the lemon curd by placing a sheet of cling film directly on the surface of the curd, and leave to rest in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

If you don’t have a madeleine tin, a muffin tin is a good alternative.

The shape and size of madeleine tins vary greatly, so you may need to adjust the baking time.

These madeleines are best eaten warm or on the same day they are made.

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  1. Millie | Add A Little 22 November 2014

    Looks delicious and so pretty – I love the pink and yellow popping through!

    • Eat, Little Bird 27 November 2014

      It’s always a bonus when the food tastes as good as it looks 😉

  2. Anita Menon 22 November 2014

    Such pretty pictures.I enjoy watching Ms. Khoo’s show and I definitely remember watching this on Youtube

    Your pictures are so perfect.

    • Eat, Little Bird 27 November 2014

      Thanks, Anita! I am always watching re-runs of The Little Paris Kitchen – I never tire of that show and am looking forward to her next series.

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar 22 November 2014

    These have got to be the prettiest madeleines. I just love them!

  4. Nancy @ gottagetbaked 26 November 2014

    Yup, bump or no, I’d gladly devour all of these beautiful madeleines! You did a fabulous job, Thanh. And adding a raspberry and filling it with curd is deliciously brilliant.

    • Eat, Little Bird 27 November 2014

      Thanks, Nancy! I also think it’s a clever idea to add a raspberry filled with lemon curd – it gives just the right amount of tang to these little sweet cakes.

  5. Faye 27 November 2014

    I’v been waiting for an excuse to go and buy another baking tin to add to my collection, now I’ve found one!!!
    These look gorgeous, just want to pinch one off the screen! I’ve never baked these before but I hope mine turn out as pretty as yours have, (also thank you for the little tips you gave about trying to achieve a perfect bump) little things like that really help a novice like me 🙂

    • Eat, Little Bird 27 November 2014

      I think a madeleine tin is a must in any baker’s collection 😉 But then, that’s only because I make these cakes quite often. I hope you will enjoy this recipe!

  6. Rushi 27 November 2014

    Thanh, how have you been? Ooooh nice, another gorgeous madeline recipe. As always stunning pics. My madeline tin has been neglected these days as I’m very occupied with bibs but hoping to do a bit of serious baking soon and these will be on top of my list 😀 xxx

    • Eat, Little Bird 10 December 2014

      Hi Rushi!
      I’ve been meaning to email you … I hope you and bubs and have been well 🙂 I don’t think I baked much in the early days of parenthood either, but when I did manage to bake something, I was always so happy! Probably because I managed to do something unrelated to feeding, nappy changing, laundry, etc. I didn’t think these madeleines were achievable until a friend of mine, who is a mother of two wee kids, kept producing batches of these at playdates. They were always so pretty and delicious that she inspired me to get a bit more motivated in the kitchen. As you will no doubt discover, being a mother means having to manage time better, and breaking down recipes and doing them in stages (such as over a few days) works best for me. I promise these madeleines are worth the effort 🙂

      • Rushi 18 December 2014

        Thanh I’ve been meaning to email you too, will do so over the holidays…Hmmmm good tip on doing things in stages, I’m sure I’d get things done thatway…Haven’t attempted these ones yet but I got a jar of lemon curd so might do a cheats version first…Hope you are your family are well. 😀 xxx

  7. Paula 27 December 2014

    I have those cups!!!!!! Sure, this doesn’t surprise you!!!
    This is the first recipe I made when I bought the madeleines pan. Of course, they weren’t as nice and pretty, but they were delicious!!!!!

    In fact, it surprises me that you haven’t tried before!!!

    PD: I’ve been on holidays, so I’m going to update, you have made really cute things, Thanh!!

    • Eat, Little Bird 27 December 2014

      Do you have the same measuring cups? Ah, you have good taste 😉

      I also can’t believe how long it took me to try this recipe, but I definitely have these in mind now everytime we have friends coming over for afternoon tea.

      P.S. Hope you had a great holiday!


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