Monday, August 1, 2011

It's About Thyme ~

I've always loved the simplicity of a madeleine ~ the perfect companion to a cup of afternoon tea.  It wasn't until recently that I decided to bake these little shell-shaped perfections myself, and I'm blown away by how easy they are to make.  The hardest part of the entire endeavor was choosing the madeleine pan!  

Lemon Thyme Madeleines
{adapted from Ina Garten}

3 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 pound {1 stick} unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of freshly chopped thyme and lemon zest

Oven heated to 375 degrees.  Grease and flour the madeleine pans.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice until fluffy.  Add the butter and mix.  Stir together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt ~ stir into the batter with a spatula.  Stir in the thyme and zest.  Fill each shell almost full and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they spring back when pressed.  Place the madeleines onto a parchment paper lined baking pan and allow to cool.  Yields 24 madeleines.

[Reverie-Daydream Image]


  1. miam. these look delicious.

  2. Oh these look lovely. I've never made them but honestly, madeleines are like crack to me. Once I start in on one I need to eat a dozen. It's a problem. I would totally embarrass myself at your table. Maybe you should never make them for me...=)

  3. Oh my goodness! I am definitely going to make these! I love thyme.

    Kiwi and I just got back from Paris and let me tell you, I ate my fair share of delicious, buttery madeleines :) Now I can make my own!

  4. I recently made a lemon/thyme short bread, and it was delicious, but I think your little madeleines are much sweeter. (And I bet the little Crumb enjoyed every bite!)
    I hope to buy a vintage madeleine pan one of these days...

    Hope all is well,

  5. Those sound amazing! And I seriously love Ina Garten! She is always my dinner go to!

  6. For some reason, I've always been intimidated with Madeleines....but this recipe looks so easy! And the photos make me want to reach through my computer screen and grab one! :)

  7. These could not be more perfect! So lovely.

  8. Those look so sweet and delicious Mel that I am going to take your word for it that they are easy and give them a try. Actually, I have never had anything from Ina's books (yes, all 6) that aren't delicious and easy. Really, they are the only cookbooks I use these days. They will be a wee bite with my husbands tea.........he will love them. Xo and xo

  9. those look so yummy! i don't have a madeleine pan, though, and so this recipe might need to wait a bit until I can get one.

  10. As we are currently "kitchenless" - I keep gathering images and recipes for the celebration, once the kitchen is back open. It is so hard to feed 18 year old twins. My daughter on the other hand is rather happy with gelato, or dining out...or picnics.

  11. I had madeleines a couple years ago, and I loved them! This recipe looks delish!

  12. Gosh, I never even considered baking Madeline's! I love that you wrote the hardest part was choosing the pan, I believe you, they are darling.

  13. lol at this title!!!! AND they look pretty scrumptious!

  14. Yummm my sweet friend...I so want to make these. Hope your Summer is going well with your sweet little one. xoxoxo

  15. those look divine! but i'm dying to know -- which pan did you choose?

  16. Oh, these look delicious. Writing this recipe down. Hopefully, I can make it this weekend.

  17. Y. U. M.

    loving your blog, glad i came across it! :)

    Kristen @


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