Proust has a lot to answer for. All that chat about madeleines. It’s elevated them to ‘mysterious French delicacy’ status, given them a rarified air of complexity. In fact, they are the work of mere moments and can be knocked out by the dozen with minimal effort.

As I’ve been demonstrating this week. 621 orange madeleines. That’s how many were made during 3 baking classes I taught at Taste of London Festive Edition this weekend in the AEG Take Taste Further pop up cookery school. Each class is only 30 minutes long so it’s a true illustration of how simple and quick madeleines are to make. 

The weather promises to be dank and miserable this week, so I’ll be steering clear of the veg patch and warming myself up with a little spot of baking and some festive flavour madeleines…

orange madeleines
Orange madeleines dipped in chocolate and pistachio with cardamom butterscotch

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serves: Makes 12-16

Orange madeleines dipped in chocolate and pistachio with cardamom butterscotch

Light and fluffy, these madeleines are simple to make but full of interesting, wintery flavours.

    For the madeleines:
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 80g self-raising flour
  • 20g ground almonds
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 30g dark chocolate
  • 25g finely chopped pistachios
  • For the sauce:
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 30g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 125ml double cream
  • ½ tsp crushed cardamom seeds or powdered cardamom
  1. Melt the butter over a low heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugar in a free-standing mixer for at least 5 minutes until very thick and pale.
  3. Whilst the eggs are whipping, measure the flour, ground almonds and orange zest into a large bowl and squeeze the orange juice into the butter.
  4. When thick, add the egg mixture to the flour mixture then pour in the butter and orange juice. Fold together gently.
  5. If you can, cover the mixture and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. However, if your need for madeleines is urgent, simply spoon 1 tbsp into each non-stick madeleine case and bake for 8-10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius until golden brown.
  6. Whilst the madeleines cook, make the butterscotch. Dissolve the sugar in 2 tbsp of water over a medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and leave to bubble, without stirring, until the sugar goes brown. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter. Once fully combined, pour in the cream and cardamom and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  7. Melt the chocolate by breaking it into pieces and placing in small bowl on a very low setting on your induction hob. (If you are not using induction, you will need to melt the chocolate in a bowl sat over a saucepan of just simmering water.) Once melted, remove from the heat.
  8. When baked, remove the madeleines from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin. Dip the ends of each madeleine in melted chocolate and then sprinkle the chocolate with crushed pistachios. Place on a non-stick surface to set then serve with a bowl of butterscotch on the side.
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