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Madelines are really good.  It’s a cross between a cookie and a cake, where the crisp crust gives away to soft cake. The taste is custard like and so delicious.  There’s just something about the madelines that are absolutely delicious.  I find them actually quite dangerous as I love dipping them in my cup of tea and snacking on them as I work/read books/watch movies and before you know it I’ve eaten 5 or 6 madelines. Madelines are also nostalgic for me, not in the sense of Proust and his madeline and the theory of involuntary taste, but because of a book my mom used to read to me.  It was a Japanese book called わかったさんのマドレーヌ (Wakatta san’s  Madelines). Wakatta san works in a dry cleaning shop and she is called Wakatta because she’s always saying wakatta wakatta (I know, I know). She has numerous fun fantasy adventures and the one I love is where she gets abducted by pirates and is made to teach them how to make madelines. When I was making these madelines, I remembered the story and the colorful illustrations and how much I loved having my mom read Japanese books to me. Madelines are actually pretty simple to make and delicious straight out of the oven. As you bite down, the madeline exudes a small puff of steam and the taste of custard bathes your mouth.

So let’s get started!



-4 tbsp unsalted butter

-1/4 cup granulated sugar

-1/2 tbsp brown sugar

-1 tsp honey

-pinch of salt

-1/2 cup AP flour

-1 egg

-1/4 tsp baking powder


-無塩バター (57g)









  1. Microwave the butter, brown sugar and honey in a microwaveable bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 30 to 50 seconds)
  2. Combine the granulated sugar, flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the egg and mix to combine. Whisk in the butter mixture. The batter will be very smooth.
  3. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 ºF and spray a madeline pan with non-stick spray or coat with melted butter.
  5. Spoon the batter into the madeline cavities so it fills it about three-quarters of the way.
  6. Bake the madelines for 5 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown. For regular sized madelines, bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Unmold the madelines by gently tapping the edges of the pan on your work surface and tilt the pan so that the madelines slide out.


  1. 電子レンジで、はちみつ、バターと三温糖を溶かします。
  2. ボウルに小麦粉、グラニュー糖、塩とベーキングパウダーをかき混ぜます。卵を加え、よく混ぜる。溶かしたバターとははちみつを加えてよく混ぜます。マトレーヌの生地を冷蔵庫の中て一時間から一晩中ひやす。
  3. オーブンを175ºC予熱で温めます。
  4. マトレーヌが肩につかないよう、肩に溶かしたバターを塗ります。
  5. マトレーヌの生地をマトレーヌの肩にいれ、5分焼きます。大きめのマドレーヌを焼く時、10分から15分焼きます。

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I will be playing around with the madeline batter sometime soon (thinking earl grey infused or chocolate), so please stay tuned for those recipes!

Hugs and puppies!



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