Soft Clementine Madeleines for a Bright Winter Nibble

Clementine Madeleines

There is nothing quite like a bite of citrus at the end of January to brighten your mood. During these dark days of winter we all need a little boost of sunshine, something to remind us that the days of warm weather and fresh lemonade will be back at some point (!) When this mood hit me the other day I decided to whip up my favorite cakey madeleines with a hit of clementine. Luckily, just as I hoped, they gave us all the sweet citrus lift we needed. Summer is just a few months away!

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

3 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

¾ cup granulated sugar

The zest and juice of one clementine

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

2. In an electric mixer add the eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, clementine zest and juice and beat until pale and thick. Then mix in the melted butter. Fold the flour into the egg mixture.

3. Butter two madeleine pans and pour the batter into the molds so they are each ¾ full. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the edges are crisp and golden. Allow the cakes to cool for about 5 minutes, the move to a wire rack to cool.

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