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Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleines combine soft, buttery, lemony sponge cake with crunchy poppy seeds and brushed with tangy lemon glaze. They are perfect with your morning coffee or as an afternoon dessert.

lemon poppy seed madeleines with lemon glaze

These Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleines are the perfect dessert for any lemon lover! It is bursting with fresh lemon flavor. The little cakes are soft, spongy, and tender with a bright, fresh citrus flavor and the right amount of crunchy poppy seeds. I also brush lemon glaze to add a pop of intense lemon flavor to every bite.

lemon poppy seed madeleines with lemon glaze

They are easy to bake, and great for breakfast, tea-time, or dessert, with or without the glaze. And if you love madeleines as much as I do, try also these Chocolate Madeleines and Pistachio Madeleines recipes.

lemon poppy seed madeleines with lemon glaze

 Ingredients You Need

  • Unsalted butter. Using high-quality butter in madeleines is simply essential, even more so as the butter is what brings the flavor to them. For the best result, use European-style butter which has less water, higher fat content, and richer flavor. It will really make a difference here.
  • Eggs. Make sure you use room-temperature eggs because they blend more evenly in batters.
  • Castor sugar. You can also replace it with granulated sugar. I used castor sugar because it blends more easily than granulated sugar.
  • Cake flour. Cake flour is ideal for baked goods with a tender texture due to its low gluten content. You can also use all-purpose flour to substitute cake flour. 
  • Baking powder. It is an ingredient responsible for forming the madeleine’s hump.
  • Lemon. Both zest and juice are used in this recipe. Lemon zest is added to the batter while the juice is used in the glaze.
  • Poppy seeds. You can’t have lemon poppy seed madeleines without poppy seeds!
  • Confectioners’ sugar. Mix confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice to make the lemon glaze.

Choosing Madeleine Pan

You absolutely need one or two madeleines pans to make the signature scallop shape of the madeleine. You can find different madeleine molds made from metal or silicone. Metal pans are great for their excellent heat transfer. In addition, choose a non-stick pan so that the madeleines can be released easily from the pan.

piped lemon poppy seed madeleine batter in madeleine pan

Baking Tips

  • Temperature matters. Make sure you use room-temperature eggs and slightly warm melted butter as written in the recipe.
  • Rest the dough. The batter must be refrigerated for at least 1 hour or overnight. The purpose of this is to chill the batter which also thickens it. This is what creates the signature hump on the madeleines – the shock of the heat hitting the cold batter, and the thicker batter which allows the cake to rise faster.
  • Don’t overfill the molds. You should fill them about 80-90% full for the best result.
  • Keep an eye on them as they bake. Madeleines are quick to bake. You only need 10-12 minutes to have them risen and golden brown.
lemon poppy seed madeleine humps
lemon poppy seed madeleine humps

How to Serve Madeleines

Madeleines are best served warm, straight from the oven. You can make the batter ahead of time, then bake off fresh batches as needed. They are best enjoyed with a cup of tea.

lemon poppy seed madeleines with lemon glaze
lemon poppy seed madeleines with lemon glaze

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lemon poppy seed madeleines with lemon glaze
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Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleines

Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleines combine soft, buttery, lemony sponge cake with crunchy poppy seeds and brushed with tangy lemon glaze. They are perfect with your morning coffee or as an afternoon dessert.
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Servings: 12 madeleines
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 42 minutes

Ingredients

Madeleines

  • 7 tbsp (100 gr) unsalted butter, melted, at 40-50°C
  • 2 (100 gr) eggs, room temperature
  • 7 tbsp (90 gr) castor sugar
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 13 tbsp (100 gr) tbsp cake flour
  • 1 tsp (4 gr) baking powder
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Lemon Glaze

  • 7 tbsp (55 gr) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tsp lemon juice, or more

Instructions

Madeleines

  • In a large bowl, add eggs, castor sugar, and lemon zest. Using a whisk, mix them lightly for 3-4 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Sift in cake flour and baking powder. Add poppy seeds. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add in melted butter and whisk until well incorporated.
  • Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and chill the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400F/200°C. Grease a madeleine pan with butter. If you are not using a non-stick pan, grease the pan with butter and dust the wells with flour lightly.
  • Remove the batter from the fridge. Using a spatula, mix to loosen the batter and remove the air bubbles.
  • Transfer the batter into a piping bag and pipe the batter into the molds until 80-90% full. You can also alternatively spoon the batter into the molds.
  • Place the filled madeleine pan into the preheated oven and immediately reduce the oven temperature to 350F/180°C. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they have risen and golden brown.
  • Remove madeleines from the pan immediately. Cool them completely before glazing them.

Glaze

  • In a small bowl, sift confectioners' sugar. Add lemon juice and mix until a thick white paste forms. You can adjust the consistency by adding more lemon juice to make the glaze thinner or confectioners' sugar to make it thicker.
  • Brush the shell side of the madeleines with the glaze. Place the madeleines with the shell side up to set the glaze.

Notes

Making the recipe using weight measurement is recommended for the best result.
Letting the batter rest in the refrigerator ultimately helps the humps rise up taller in the oven.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1madeleine | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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