Delicate little cakes scented with lemon zest and vanilla bean. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
Today we’re flying to Seattle to attend the funeral of a very dear loved one. To say I’m having a bad week is putting it mildly. So I’m going to keep it short and simple and leave you with the recipe for these vanilla bean madeleines.
Madeleines are heavenly cake-like cookies that are as perfect with a cup of coffee or tea as they are by themselves. They aren’t difficult to make, as long as you have the specific shell-shaped pan. If you’re like me and don’t want to buy yet another item to put in your kitchen, try to find a friend who will you let your borrow theirs. My sister-in-law was kind enough to let me borrow her madeleine pan and I’ve enjoyed making this recipe several times.
baking tip:How to remove vanilla beans
Place a vanilla bean on a cutting board. Use a paring knife to slice open the vanilla bean lengthwise, then use your knife to scrape the seeds from inside the pods.
Don’t discard the pods, as they have a lot of vanilla flavor. Use them to make your own vanilla extract, some vanilla sugar, or simply steep them in your coffee or hot cocoa.
Vanilla Bean Madeleines
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour (83 grams)
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled (85 grams)
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla beans. Use your fingers to rub the zest and beans into the sugar, releasing their aromatic oils.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the sugar mixture with the eggs on medium high speed until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract. Use a spatula to fold in the melted butter, and then the flour.
- Cover and refrigerate batter for 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease and flour a madeleine pan.
- Fill the shells of the madeleine pan with the chilled batter almost full. Bake until centers are puffed and edges are golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then pop out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Madeleines are best the day they are made, but may be stored for up to 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature.