Classic Madeleines with a Gourmet Vanilla Bean Twist

Classic Madeleines with a Gourmet Vanilla Bean Twist Classic Madeleines with a Gourmet Vanilla Bean Twist

Do gourmet desserts intrigue you? Ditch the imitation vanilla extract or anything less than top quality vanilla extract and opt for Madagascar Grade A vanilla beans for a dash of luxury in your sweet treats. The beans have a characteristic, sweet aroma with a velvety undertone that turns any regular dish, desserts or baked goods like these classic Madeleines into a gourmet delight. Nevertheless, you need the right recipe which will do justice to these superior quality vanilla beans; just like the one of madeleines. These are French seashell-shaped butter cookies (tea cakes) which are more like mini cakes but with a crispy exterior. This recipe calls for simple ingredients which never overpowers the intense flavor of vanilla bean and lets it shine. While many say that making madeleines is tricky, this recipe proves otherwise. Careful following of every step and a little diligence will reward you with petite, yummy accompaniment to a hot cuppa!

Classic Madeleines with a Gourmet Vanilla Bean Twist - Ingredients and Instructions

Yields: 12 medium madeleines

Ingredients:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ tsp baking powder
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ tsp salt
½ Madagascar Grade A vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
¾ stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Icing sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Warm up your oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  3. Rub the sugar against the vanilla bean into a separate large mixing bowl until fragrant; discard the bean.
  4. Crack the eggs into the 2nd bowl and whisk them thoroughly with an electric mixer at moderate speed for a couple of minutes or until well combined.
  5. Stir in the scraped vanilla seeds until evenly incorporated.
  6. Add the dry ingredients gradually and fold them into the egg mixture after each addition until thoroughly mixed into a smooth batter.
  7. Pour in melted butter and stir to combine.
  8. Grease the seashell-shaped madeleine molds with a small knob of extra softened butter and dust with flour; tap off any excess.
  9. Drop small spoonfuls of the batter into the molds and place the pan on the central rack in the hot oven.
  10. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown and appear slightly crispy on touch.
  11. Take out the pan from the oven and set aside until cool enough to touch.
  12. Remove the madeleines from the molds and transfer them onto a wire rack.
  13. Allow to cool completely.
  14. And dust with icing sugar for an extra dose of sweetness.

Your friends and family with love this version of the delicate French tea cakes, you might want to make a double batch. Give them a try and share this delicious recipe with your family, friends, and on your social platforms!

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