"The Smallest One Was Madeleine..."

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
The Sunflower, 1905
Oil on Canvas
Private Collection
Austrian Symbolist Painter

My obsessive quest for gluten-free Madeleines has finally come to a satisfying close. These are the perfect afternoon snack or the ideal accompaniment with coffee or tea. I’m not sure if these could fool a true Frenchman, but they certainly fooled my French-trained husband. Bon appetit!


3 Tablespoons Sweet Sorghum Flour
3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Tapioca Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 ½ Teaspoons Guar Gum
4 Eggs
½ Cup + 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
1 ½ Teaspoons Orange Flower Water
8 Tablespoons (1 stick or 4 oz.) Unsalted Butter, melted
Zest of 1 Meyer Lemon

Preheat oven to 425° F after you have liberally buttered and floured (with cornstarch) your Madeleine pan. Set your prepared pan on a cookie sheet and have it live on an empty countertop until you’re ready to use it.

Sift together all the dry ingredients into a small bowl and keep it close by. Place the butter on a heavy bottomed sauce pan and gently heat until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat and allow the butter to cool in the pan until you are ready for it at the very last. In a stand up mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the four eggs, the granulated sugar and the orange flower water until it is thick and mousse-like in texture and the color of the earliest morning; a pale sulpher sunrise swelling in your bowl, about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle the dry ingredients over your big beautiful eggs and fold them in in batches of three. Pour in the butter and again, gently fold into the mixture. Zest your lemon over your batter and then fold in. Cover your bowl with cellophane and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

After the batter has chilled, spoon the mixture into the Madeleine molds until they are about ¾ full. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are suntanned.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes about 18 large Madeleines.

Will keep for two-three days in an airtight container.

Giorgio De Chirico (1888-1978)
Portrait of Guillaume Apollinaire, 1914
Oil on Canvas, 81.5 x 65cm
Centre Georges Pompidou
Nation Museum of Modern Art, Paris
Purchased, 1975
Italian Metaphysical Painter

1 comment:

LaURi* said...

I have been trying to find a recipe gf madelines. Im so excited!!