What I especially love about these light little sponges is the elegance in their simplicity. These particular bites bare a hint of honey and lemon but adorn your own as you fancy. With your rindless lemons, it could be nice to try making a sugar glaze with the juice.


The batter is best left over night and when spooned into the mould it is already  evident from the aero-like texture these are going to be special. Great tea time treat and best still warm out of the oven, the ones that initially ‘got away’ will be frozen and given a new lease of life in my next trifle.


Ingredients Makes 24 Madeleines

  • 120g of unsalted butter
  • finely grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 100g white sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Lemon Sugar 

  • 40g icing sugar
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon



  1. Use a small saucepan to melt your butter gently, add lemon rind and set aside for 5 minutes or so until this cools to too temperature but still remains as liquid.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together your eggs, sugars and honey with a pinch of salt until pale and fluffy (this takes about 5 minutes with electric mixers).
  3. Sift over flour and baking powder and carefully fold through, trying to keep it as light as possible.
  4. Fold in your butter in about 3 or 4 additions until just incorporated, cover with cling film and rest batter in fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours).
  5. Preheat oven to 180℃ and divide mixture between 2 12-holed madeleine moulds (dollop a spoonful in the middle of each hole, do not spread out).
  6. Bake until golden, my first batch were slightly overdone so I took the second lot out after just 8 minutes and these were far better so careful not to overcook. Another tip is to ensure you have greased the holes very well as they are susceptible to sticking!
  7. When baked, remove from tin and cool on a wire rack. Dust with a little icing and sprinkle of lemon rind. 



7 Comments Add yours

  1. I totally have to try this recipe… I’m sure my daughters Are going to love it! And I like The thing that it needs few ingredients and The directions Are pretty simple! Thanks for sharing!

    1. katiebonken says:

      It is simple, as the mix makes 24 why not split mix in half and flavour each differently…..poke a fresh raspberry in some before they cook too for a twist…..enjoy and thank you.

      1. Awesome idea! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. fergie51 says:

    Must be Madeleine week! I’ve seen a couple of people show me beautiful examples of them. These look delicious!

  3. Yes, I’ve been noticing madeleines popping up around the place too… These look really lovely Katie, but i especially love the idea of freezing any dodgy ones for trifle, what a fantastic idea!

  4. I love madeleines because the ingredients are things that you’d have in the cupboard anyway. These look particularly good, and I like the idea of adding a raspberry – or perhaps a small strawberry? I have loads in the garden! – to each cake too. Lovely photos too!

  5. Edie Olson says:

    Yup! Gotta try this recipe too!

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