Recipe by Victoria Glass

Orange and Chocolate Chip Madeleines

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Easy Easy
12 Servings
1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Romanticized in the ‘episode of the madeleine’ in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time for their connection with involuntary memory, these shell-shaped French cakes are undeniably evocative. I’ve added chocolate chips and fragrant orange zest or you can make them richer with a dollop of peanut butter, following the instructions below. Makes 12.


Special Equipment

  • a 12-shell madeleine sheet, greased and lightly dusted with flour

Orange and Chocolate Chip Madeleines

  • 100 grams/1/2 cup caster/granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 100 grams/6 and 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly

  • 100 grams/3/4 cup plain/all-purpose flour, such as Glicks

  • a pinch of salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange

  • 50 grams/1/3 cup dark/bittersweet chocolate chips, such as Pure Food by Estee Dark Chocolate Chunks

  • icing/confectioners’ sugar, such as Gefen, to dust (optional)

Peanut Butter Madeleine Variation



Whisk together the sugar and eggs until combined, light, and frothy. Add the butter and salt, sift in the flour and baking powder and lightly whisk to combine. Stir through the orange zest and juice and fold in the chocolate chips. Set the batter aside to rest for at least 30 minutes, but preferably for as long as three hours. You can leave the batter covered in the fridge for up to two days.


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit) Gas 5.


Pour the batter into the prepared madeleine sheet and bake in the preheated oven for eight to 10 minutes, or until each madeleine is slightly golden and well risen in the center.


Once the cakes have cooled enough to touch, transfer them to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing/confectioners’ sugar, if you wish, and serve. Madeleines are best eaten on the day they are baked.


For a peanut butter variation of these madeleines, add the peanut butter with the butter as above and omit the orange zest and juice. Increase the amount of chocolate chips for extra indulgence.


From Deliciously Chocolatey Cakes & Bakes: 100 Indulgent Recipes for When You Need a Treat by Victoria Glass, Ryland Peters & Small Photographs © Ryland Peters & Small 2015, 2024 Purchase on Amazon

Orange and Chocolate Chip Madeleines

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