GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, REFINED SUGAR-FREE, SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET (SCD)
Madeleines: traditional French scallop-shaped cakes originally hailing from the Lorraine region in the North East. The first time I tasted a madeleine, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was definitely more like a cake than a biscuit and the deliciously buttery taste shone through immediately. When my husband visited family in France recently, I just knew what I wanted him to bring home! Madeleine tins or moulds are readily available especially online but I liked the idea of getting a proper French one :).
After many attempts and recipe tweaks, I am really proud of this recipe. Gluten, grain and refined sugar-free does not mean boring. My whole family gave these a big thumbs up. My husband thought these were my best snack yet! As with all my recipes, good quality ingredients are essential. My madeleines call for almond flour not ground almonds. I have seen many recipes completely fail when ground almonds were substituted. Almond flour is much finer in texture than ground almonds and as its name suggests is much more “flour” like than the ground form.
As butter is an important ingredient in this recipe also, I highly recommend using Kerrygold or another good quality butter. You will really taste the difference here. For the lemon zest, ideally you should use unwaxed lemons although at times they can be difficult to get. Obviously, you will also need a madeleine tray (or two) to make these to get the traditional scallop shape. You can buy them on Ebay or Amazon or many online home stores. I just have one tray so I just give it a quick clean after the first batch and then bake the next batch.
These madeleines are relatively easy to make and quick enough to bake so they are perfect to make in the morning if you are having friends over. In all honestly, we don’t need any excuse to make them!