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French recipe for Madeleines

French recipe for madeleines

Growing in France, madeleines pastries are naturally part of my life. At my grand-parents’ houses, on both sides of the family, I would always look for this metallic box always filled with them. On my dad’s side, my grand-mother was the baker, while on my mom’s side, that was my grand-father! They both baked amazing madeleines, the only difference was that my grand-father would make sure to use all of the batter with no chance for me to lick the bowl !!!

This is the type of boxes I would look for, always filled with good treats! When speaking about child memories with my friends, it seems it was quite usual to find these boxes in most French family’s kitchen !

Vintage metallic box for pastry storage
Vintage metallic box for pastries

So, when I started to bake as a kid, I got the recipes from both grand-parents and I discovered they were almost the same! Super easy to make and impossible to resist. So here is my grand-father’s one:

Handwritten recipe madeleine


3 eggs

150 g – 2/3 cup butter

180 g – 1 1/2 cups flour

5 g – ½ tsp baking powder

150 g – 2/3 cup sugar

1 pinch of salt

ingredients to bake french madeleines pastries


Beat the eggs and sugar vigorously in a mixing bowl. Sift the flour and the baking powder on top and mix. Add the butter almost melted and the salt, mix until homogenous.

Place the batter in the fridge for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 390 °F. Fill each mold up until 3/4 of it. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.

Et voilà!!! Bon Appetit!!!

Baking French madeleines pastries
French baked madeleines

A few tips

My grand-mother told me the importance of leaving the batter in the fridge for at least 1 hour so that when you place the madeleine pan in the preheated hoven, the temperature difference creates the very characteristic hump of the madeleine.

I use less sugar than in the recipe. For some reason I always have to reduce the quantity of sugar from my grand-parents’ recipes.

Finally, the recipe says 20-25 minutes, but with 15 I find them spongier.


Madeleines are perfect to eat anytime. It can be for breakfast, with coffee or tea. Every excuse is good to get one!


If you love madeleines and if you find this recipe perfect for your taste, I can make a ceramic bowl with the recipe on it so that you can bake them as often as you wish without the need to look for the recipe on internet or in a book. And if you happen to know someone crazy for madeleines, this could be a nice gift idea!

happy to bake madeleines

“Time is the main component when working with clay. My ceramics are filled with it so that you can make time for you and your loved ones ”

Marie Martin


Family Mixing Bowl

Gift idea: Your family recipe handwritten on a mixing bowl.
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