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Orange Hazelnut Madeleines
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Perfect as an afternoon treat

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines is a delicious recipe for small French cakes. They are incredibly soft, airy, delicious, and easy to make.

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines
We are slowly transitioning into the Christmas spirit, so we are excited to share our first small cake recipe this autumn/winter. Orange Hazelnut Madeleines are not only pretty but incredibly delicious yet effortless to make. The interior is soft and flavorful, while the exterior has a golden crust. They are perfect to enjoy with a cup or warm tea or coffee.

Delicious Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

Madeleines are gorgeous little sweet cakes originating from France. They are known for their beautiful shape (thanks to the madeleine pan). They are perfect for enjoying with warm tea or coffee, and these are the top reasons why we like them so much:

  • the interior is soft, airy, and incredibly flavorful
  • the exterior is golden and dusted with icing sugar
  • this recipe is beginner-friendly and simple
  • thanks to the madeleine pan, the shape of the madeleines is always pretty
  • this is the perfect dessert for holidays and to enjoy with warm tea and coffee

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

Essential ingredients

These are the essential ingredients to make these fabulous French cakes.

Orange zest - orange creates not only a subtle orange color but also a deep flavor. Always use non-waxed bio orange to grate the zest.

Roasted hazelnuts - we love roasted hazelnuts as they are flavorful and make the madeleines super delicious.

Flour - we always use cake flour or all-purpose flour.

Sugar - feel free to use white granulated sugar or cane sugar.

Eggs - use eggs in size M.

Vanilla - adds a beautiful flavor. Use vanilla paste or vanilla pod seeds.

sifting flour for Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines mixture

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines mixture

storing and freezing

Store the homemade Orange Hazelnut Madeleines in a cold, dark pantry. Keep them closed in an airtight container or a cookie box for up to 5 days.

Freeze the madeleines like this. Transfer the baked (and cooled) Orange Hazelnut Madeleines to a freezer bag. Keep in the freezer for up to a month. 

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines before baking

baked Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

Orange Hazelnut Madeleines

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Lets get cooking!

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  • prepare the ingredients

    Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add grated orange zest and set aside. Mix the roasted hazelnuts and sugar in a chopper or food processor to get a fine texture. Sift the mixture into a small bowl. Separately sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into the bowl with the hazelnuts.

  • madeleines mixture

    Add eggs, sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl. Mix for 6 - 8 minutes with an electric mixer or until the mixture is pale and tripled in size. Then, using a spatula, stir in the dry ingredients making sure the mixture is smooth and airy. Gently stir in the (cooled) orange-flavored butter.

  • rest the madeleine batter

    Place the madeleine batter in a fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 200 °C / 390 °F. Grease the madeleine pan with butter using a brush or with cooking spray. Sprinkle with flour and shake off any excess. Spoon one tablespoon of batter into the center of each scalloped well filling it approximately two-thirds.

  • bake and serve

    Transfer the Hazelnut Orange Madeleines to a preheated oven and bake for 6 - 8 minutes at 200 °C / 390 °F. Transfer the baked Madeleines to a rack, then arrange them on a plate. Optionally sprinkle with icing sugar.


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