Twelve Days of Baking: Orange Scented Madeleines

November 7, 2011

Day 3: Madeleines, those tender, dainty tea cakes shaped like a scallop are said to be French in origin; after all they do have a French name but they are also popular in places like Como and Torino. To make them you need a madeleine pan or two, found in cake making supply shops or on line in bake ware catalogs.

Madeleinette Fior di Arancio – Orange Scented Madeleines

Makes 4 dozen


1-cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons orange. lemon or lime juice


5 eggs, separated
1-cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour

Butter and flour 2 madeleine molds and set aside or use a butter spray.

Preheat oven to 350F

Whisk together the confectioners sugar and juice in a medium size bowl until smooth and set aside, covered.

Beat the yolks with the sugar and orange liqueur until smooth; slowly beat in the butter and zest, then the flour sifted a little at a time over the batter and folded in.

Separately beat the whites until soft peaks form and fold into the egg yolk batter.

Refrigerate the batter at least one hour to make it easier to work with.

Fill madeleine mold 2/3 full and bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove the madeleines from the mold and transfer them to cooling racks. Refill the molds with the remaining batter and bake as above.

Dip the tops of each madeleine in the glaze and set on cooling racks to dry.

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