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Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleines

A batch of baked lemon and poppy seed madeleines on a silicone mold.
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Lemon poppy seed madeleines are a twist on classic French sponge cakes with a lemon zest flavor and poppy seeds nutty taste. They are perfect for making every day and on holidays.


  • 5 large eggs (250 g), room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup (250 g) granulated sugar
  • 8.8 oz. (250 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons (12 g) golden syrup
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) baking powder
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Melt the butter and let it cool to 122°F (50°C).  In a large bowl, place eggs, sugar, and golden syrup and beat with a hand whisk for about 1 minute.
  2. Add fresh lemon zest and poppy seeds, and mix. Sift flour with baking powder and salt using a flour sifter.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the principal preparation and mix with the hand whisk. Pour the melted and cooled butter in two to three additions and mix to combine.
  4. Cover the batter with plastic wrap (plastic must be in contact with the batter) and refrigerate overnight, better for 24 hours. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and let it heat for another 15 minutes.
  6. Using a pastry brush and softened butter, butter the cavities of a metal madeleine mold, dust it with flour, and tap any excess; don't grease a silicone mold.
  7. Transfer the batter to a pastry bag, and fill the cavities of the madeleine pan up to 3/4.
  8. Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 3 minutes. Then switch off the oven for 6 to 8 minutes. The madeleines will develop their bump on top. Then turn the oven to 320°F (160°C) for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  9. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let them cool in the mold for a couple of minutes. While hot, take them out one by one and place them on the side, but in the mold (not on a wire rack), to cool down.


  1. Consult the French madeleine recipe for helpful tips and tricks.
  2. Chill the batter to get a pretty bump on top of the madeleines; don't skip this step.





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