Tuesdays with Dorie: Madeleines

Madeleines from Baking with Julia for Tuesdays with Dorie on eat. live. travel. write.

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia recipe was for a personal favourite of mine – madeleines (p 334). I’ve made madeleines fairly recently, with the Petits Chefs (from The Bouchon Bakery Cookbook) and I’ve made them before for French Fridays with Dorie. Heck, I even spent an afternoon discussing whether lighter or more golden colour was preferable in one’s madeleines last summer at La Cuisine Paris.

Most madeleine recipes suggest resting the batter in the fridge overnight and whilst the Petits Chefs didn’t have time to do that when they made them (and they were totally fine…) it’s definitely what I am used to doing. So I was surprised that this recipe did not call for the overnight rest. Against my better judgement (and in a hurry!) I baked them up straight away. I also slightly overfilled my madeleine pans – resulting in uglier than usual madeleines.

These, from the get-go (i.e. right out of the oven) were much drier than other madeleines I have made. Perfect for dunking…

A cup of tea and a madeleine from Baking with Julia on eat. live. travel. write.

… but they definitely are not my favourite recipe. Apart from being a little too dry for my liking, mine did not develop the characteristic little humps and they struggled to achieve a pretty golden colour…


Baking with Julia madeleines for Tuesdays with Dorie by eat. live. travel. write. A pity but that’s ok because I already have three other madeleine recipes that I know work perfectly! It’s good to experiment when you already have a “go-to” 😉

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking with Julia was hosted by Katie and Amy Thisdell of Counter Dog and you can find the recipe on her blog.  Tuesdays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs except if we happen to be the host for the week, rather, we prefer if you purchase Baking with Julia for yourselves which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us, baking along at Tuesdays with Dorie. Go on, you know you want to.

16 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Madeleines”

  1. I had the same madeleines as you!!!! It was not the result I wished!!!
    This recipe doesn’t convince me for madeleines, I think it taste more like a ladyfingers!!
    So it’s not too bad, I’ll keep this recipe as a base for dessert!!

  2. Mine developed humps…but I didn’t know that was a good thing! I thought I overbaked, but if yours were dry, too, I guess it’s just the recipe. Good to hear a review from an expert madeleine baker 🙂

  3. They were a bit dry, more like tea biscuits than the buttery marvels I have eaten before. Good to know other recipes yield different results, I’d like to give them a go.

  4. I think your tea cakes are quite pretty. I like the lighter coloring. I recently acquired the Bouchon cookbook – have yet to make anything, but I want to make everything! I won’t be making this recipe again.

  5. I preferred the ones we did with French Fridays, too. Still, we enjoyed these. Yours look beautiful, even without the hump.

  6. I agree that these were not my favorite. I didn’t get humps either. I still think they’d make a good ladyfinger. Maybe there’s a trifle in my future.

  7. Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at thefeastingeye.com. The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).


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