I love the aroma of freshly baked matcha madeleines, and how it fills my urban cottage home at this festive time of year. Baking with subtle matcha green tea and the hint of rich bittersweet flavour of matcha madeleines, is the baking I do for holiday season. It is just perfect. Here is my Matcha Madeleines recipe.
Classic French Madeleines recipe with Japanese infusion
Madeleines are a classic French petite butter cake. They are typically baked in a shell shaped mould. This is my favourite western sweet. It is also very easy to make and almost foolproof. So how do I make it Japanese? By adding Matcha flavour!
Cookies or Butter cake?
Surprisingly (to me), because of it’s petite size, many people regard madeleines as cookies. It is however, a mini French butter cake and usually shell shaped.
Popular well known French confectionery in Japan
Madeleines and Baumkuchen (German Tree Cake) are probably the two most famous foreign sweets that Japanese people eat. Madeleines are my all time favourite French sweets. When I was a child, madeleines were a very special treat to eat.
My fond childhood memory of French Madeleines
I only ever got to eat madeleines, when my uncle and aunty came to visit us, and brought some home-baked madeleines. I was amazed by how delicious the little cakes were, and how they tasted like they were from a fancy french store, but were just made at home.
So I joined the Baking Club
I was so inspired by my aunt’s delicious madeleines, that I really wanted to start baking so I joined the school baking club. I really wanted to learn how to make amazing western sweets that we don’t commonly eat in Japan. Usually we eat things like mochi or red bean based desserts, so madeleines were always so special for me. I searched for the best madeleines recipe.
Distinctive Shell shape
It is a pretty shell shape isn’t it? Almost too pretty to eat. I was lucky to find a photogenic old round shell shaped mould from a local antique shop. Also I bought another one online because this is the cake I often make. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, you can use any shaped mould. Japanese people often bake madeleines in shallow tart moulds.
Foolproof Madeleines Recipe
This is a really easy recipe to do because you just add all the ingredients to a bowl, and stir together. It doesn’t require any special beating or other things. You can change the flavour by adding some cocoa powder to make a chocolate flavour or you can add Hojicha to make Hojicha flavoured madeleines.
The Proof of Success: Madeleines bump
Following this madeleines recipe, I always have the BUMP. Your success in baking Madeleines can be measured by the size of the bump! Chilled madeleines batter baked in a hot oven create that bump.
Here is my Matcha Madeleine recipe. And if you like it, please rate it and leave a comment or any questions below. Also don’t forget to check out my other Japanese infused western baking goodies such as Hojicha chiffon cake, Japanese souffle cheesecake and Baumkuchen
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- 2 eggs *1
- 60 g sugar
- 1 tbs honey *2
- 90 g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbs Matcha powder
- 2 tbs almond meal *3
- 90 g melted butter
- 1 tsp melted butter
- 1 - 2 tbs plain flour
- Confectioners sugar to serve
- Sift the plain flour, matcha powder, and baking powder, all together and add almond meal.
- Mix the eggs, honey, and sugar all together without airinating the mixture in a separate bowl.
- Add the sifted flour to the egg mixture and stir to combine.
- Add 1/3 of melted butter at a time and mix all together.
- Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours.
- Grease the madeleine tin with melted butter and then flour the tin.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius and bake it for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the tin and sift some confectioners sugar on top to serve.