How to Make Delicious French Madeleines

One of the most famous of all French desserts is the simple petite madeleine. These tiny, shell-shaped sponge cakes have existed in France for hundreds of years, though their origins are the stuff of several contradicting legends.

The first known recipe of “Cakes à la Madeleine” was documented in 1755, in “Les soupers de la Cour ou L’art de travailler toutes sortes d’aliments” by Menon. And it couldn’t be simpler. Eggs, butter, flour, sugar, lemon zest. And, of course, the special pan that gives the cakes their trademark shape, which you can find on Amazon for less than $10.

So if you’re looking for an easy recipe to impress your next houseguests (or even just wow your friends), check out this video for an introduction to the art of la madeleine. Happy baking, and bon appétit!