Madeleines are these dainty little french cookies, they are actually cakes but called a cookie, I don’t know why. Anyways, I have always thought that these look pretty, perfect bite size and you don’t need any frosting for these. I have made these many times for Chai Parties and so on. You don’t need a reason to make these, it can be for a celebration, or because you need something sweet to perk you up or if your boss is being a pain and you want to forget about it. 🙂
You can make savory version, with chocolate, fruits and so much more. I will share a recipe of a savory one I make that goes beautifully with your cheese board or as a part of the brunch spread
Talking about flavor profiles, one of my favorite flavor profiles is this combination, Saffron, Rose, and pistachio. I am sure I have some Iran/Persian connection from my previous life as I am very easily drawn to it.I think any dessert can be made better using this trinity.
Since I have seen some other pastry with these flavors in a Persian bakery, I have been thinking about making these madeleines with the same, and when I saw something similar in Sweets, I decided to make them for the holidays.
I love saffron and its my favorite spice, I love how it adds gorgeous color and subtle fragrant note to anything you add it to. Rose, I associate it with Royalty and love using it my desserts in recipes like Pistachio tart with Rose-orange blossom custard and I think Pistachio is one of the under used nuts, I use it quite often in recipes like the one above or Pistachio Fig tart or even savory dishes like Leek, Potato, Goat cheese Galette with Pistachio Crust.
I keep saffron water in the fridge and add it to my tea, oatmeal or even yogurt.
Todays recipe combines all of these favorite flavors, give it a try and I guarantee you will also love them. I love to serve these with a glass of Persian tea or a simple green tea.
This is part of the series I am sharing on the blog, ” Cookies around the world”. Do check out other recipes in this series as well. I will be sharing those recipes soon.
- 90 g unsalted butter
- 3 tsp honey
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1 tsp dried rose petals
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 tsp orange zest
- 70 g granulated sugar
- 90 g flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Clarified butter(ghee)
- 2-3 tbsp Flour
- 1-2 tbsp melted honey
- 2-3 tbsp finely chopped pistachios
- Melt butter in a sauce pan, add honey as the butter melts.
- Dry roast the saffron on a pan slightly, crush into powder.
- Add the saffron to the butter
- Add the rose petals
- Heat the mixture till the honey is dissolved in the butter, let it cool
- Beat the eggs and sugar till they are frothy and sugar is dissolved
- Add orange zest and vanilla and whisk again
- Sift flour,baking powder and salt.
- Add to the egg mixture 1/3 rd at a time
- Stir the mixture is just combined, don't overmix
- Now add the cooled butter mixture in a steady stream till all is combined
- Let the batter rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour or upto 2 days
- Heat the oven at 400F
- Brush the madeleine pan well with clarified butter and dust with flour
- Fill each of the mold with 1 tbsp batter
- Bake for 9-10 mins, till the edges are brown
- Turn the pan about half way through the baking time
- Take the madeleines out and let them cool
- Melt the honey in hot water or microwave
- Brush the ends of the cooled cookies with melted honey
- Roll into crushed pistachios
Please share your feedback if you make them, I would love to hear from you.
Couple of notes:
- Be mindful of the position of the rack in the oven, you might end up with cakes that are Browned at the bottom and underdone on top.
- I have used a black metal pan, I would highly recommend it. I felt the browning was better than the silicone ones. Here is the link to the one I got from Amazon, if you buy this, I will get some brownie points.
- I also used Ghee for brushing the pan, I think it added a beautiful nutty flavor it added.
- You can make the batter up to 2-3 days ahead of time. You can bake these on the day of, I find this very useful as you don’t have to worry about the dessert on the day of your party.