Madeleines, immortalized in France by author Marcel Proust, are most famous. While their exact origin is unknown, in one legend a woman named Madeleine is said to have baked the scalloped-shaped cakes to feed the pilgrims headed to Saint Jacques’ burial site. The scallop shell is a sign of protection and is often associated with the saint. Indeed, the savory coquilles Saint Jacques is one of the most popular dishes incorporating scallops in France.
Prop styling Mari Loewen. Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Photography Cory Aronec.

Prop styling Mari Loewen. Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Photography Cory Aronec.

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  • 24Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly Icing sugar, to dust

Preparation

Butter Madeleine mold; set aside.

In medium bowl, sift our and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together eggs with sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes; stir in lemon zest. Fold flour mixture into egg mixture and drizzle melted butter over batter; stir gently. cover and chill batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spoon batter into mold shapes, three-quarters full; do not spread. Bake cakes for 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden. Invert pan and tap out cakes; cool on wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter. Dust with icing sugar to serve.