This post is a part of my Madeleine series in tribute to this iconic French pastry and all that it means - from its fascinating history, choosing the right pan, and all the secrets of authentic madeleine hump - you name it!
How to store madeleines? Can you freeze them? Get the answers to these common questions if you want to get the most out of your madeleine experience.
Who doesn’t love delicious, buttery madeleines? These little French cakes are perfect for any occasion, but sometimes you might wonder how to store them, so they stay fresh.
Never fear – I have all the tips and tricks you need to make sure your madeleines always taste amazing.
And if you want to make a big batch ahead of time, don’t worry – I will show you how to freeze them too.
Your madeleines will be the envy of your friends and family with a special mold.
The proper molds can make all difference in how beautiful these little cakes are. Of course, I'm talking about that humpy hump!
Everything makes sense because who doesn't love finally getting that perfect bite?
How to store madeleines
Madeleines are best served while warm, right from the oven. Nothing beats these little cakes dipped in Earl Grey tea like Marcel Proust.
Interestingly that some people find madeleines are better the day after baking, but they risk drying out.
So what is the best way to store your baked goods to prolong their shelf life?
Store madeleines in an airtight glass container which is better than the plastic one since the latter tends to soften the pastries.
Place a piece of paper towel in the bottom of your box to absorb a bit of excess fat of madeleines. Next, put a few sugar cubes to absorb the madeleines cakes' moisture.
Finally, place your cooled madeleines and store them at room temperature for 2 to 4 days maximum. If you want them longer than this, they should be frozen.
How to freeze madeleines
Indeed, madeleines are gone before you know it, and there aren't any leftovers.
Still, it is always good to have a couple of tricks in mind for freezing this French pastry.
Freezing isn’t as easy after all: some must be wrapped differently than others or risk getting freezer burns on their delicate flavor profile.
Other pastries just won't stick around long enough after being baked, so adding extra baking time will help ensure freshness until next time.
The information about freezing madeleines is limited, so it has been edited from the original source, Marie Claire.
Well, now you can make your very own batch of frozen madeleines. It is simple; just follow these steps:
Step 1: Pre-freezing madeleines
To avoid sticking madeleines, freeze them individually. Arrange your madeleines on a plate or baking sheet and bring them to the freezer for about an hour.
Step 2: Freezing madeleines
Remove madeleines from the freezer and wrap each of them in plastic wrap.
Place individually wrapped madeleines in an airtight container (glass or plastic) or a large Ziploc freezing bag.
Label your container or bag and store madeleines at -13 degrees F/-25 degrees C in the freezer for up to three months.
Or store them for up to 3 weeks in the freezer if the temperature is at -0.4 degrees F/-18 degrees C.
To defrost, bring the frosted madeleines to the counter and let them come to room temperature for about a couple of hours.
Madeleines are a specialty of France, and you will find them in any French-style bakery that specializes in these delicate sweet cakes.
The ones with the perfect texture and flavor are not too difficult to make at home.
Well, if this sounds like what you would prefer, I have some good news.
There is an easy way for anyone (even beginners) who wants their bakery-style treats but homemade.
First, make sure to read all the posts on making perfect madeleines and download the FREE FAQ guide.
Then choose a madeleine recipe you want to make!
This post is the last educational post on all things madeleines. Again, be sure to check out the rest of my Madeleines page.
Frequently asked question
Madeleine batter is quite fragile. Freezing will affect the texture and shape of madeleines. So you could only store the batter in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Longer than that will affect the formation of their signature hump.