Back to the classics: Meyer lemon madeleines

Meyer lemon madeleinesIf you manage to get hold of a bag of Meyer lemons, you will know how precious they are. That is why I fully utilise these lemons inside out and top to bottom. While making the Meyer lemon cream, I needed to use an extra lemon for the juice. Before I juiced the fruit, I saved the zest and kept it in the freezer for later use.

If you are wondering what we can do with the zest of one lemon, there is a lot that can be done. The zest of a citrus has a more intense flavour as compared to the juice. Unlike the Eureka or Lisbon lemons we commonly get from the supermarket, Meyer lemon has a floral fragrance that lingers and gives bakes a vibrant and refreshing flavour. With my lemon zest in the freezer, I decided to go back to the classics and make some Meyer lemon madeleines.

I always feel that madeleines are one of those under-rated bakes. Bakeries and cafés are often stocked with cookies, cakes and muffins – to see madeleines in the offering is a rare sight indeed. The great news is that making madeleines is really very easy. No hard-to-find ingredient or special technique required –  the only thing I would say that would be super helpful is a madeleine pan*. The pan gives madeleines their distinctive shelled shaped underbelly and the bumpy hump.

This particular recipe that I am sharing really allows the Meyer lemon to shine, giving the madeleines that intense lemony flavour which helps to cut through the richness of this petite sponge cake. The bonus of this recipe is that you are required to make the batter the night before. This also means that in the morning, you get this beautiful cake for breakfast, and I am definitely not one who will reject cakes for breakfast.

About Mandy Ng

Mandy’s journey into the culinary world began out of necessity–a means of survival whilst she was at university. She believes cooking should be simple and fun. Besides spending time in the kitchen whipping up hearty meals, Mandy also dreams of having a bottomless stomach that she can fill with all kinds of delicious things.